Manny Pacquiao Became A Pro Boxer After His Dad Cooked His Pet Dog


There are many a hardships that push people to become successful. In Manny Pacquiao’s case, his dad eating his pet dog may have pushed him to become the pro boxer he is today.

Pacquiao’s renowned trainer, Freddie Roach, told Yahoo! Sports that the boxer’s family struggled with extreme poverty growing up in the Philippines.

When he was about 12 years old, Manny caught his dad eating his beloved pet dog for food. Traumatized, Pacquiao ran away from home and began living on the streets.

“He lived on the street, where he bought doughnuts at a doughnut store and then sold each one for a nickel more to survive.”

Two years later at the age of 14, the talented Pacquiao turned pro to escape his situation.

“He slept in a cardboard box. He fought his way through all this, turned pro at 14, and look at the man he is today.”

Roach added:

“The Philippines is a poor place, there’s no welfare, no health system and if you don’t have a job or money then you do anything to survive.”

Today, Pacquiao is regarded as a hero in his country, and he’s been painted as a beloved family man — he also has another dog, a Jack Russell Terrier named Pacman.


Roach, who has trained the boxer since 2001, told Yahoo! Sports what it’s like being close to the world famous boxer.

“I went to his birthday party, the President of the Philippines was there, there were 5,000 people at the party, and 10,000 outside who couldn’t get in. He’s an icon, because he represents the hopes of so many people.

When he fights, there is no crime in the Philippines, because everyone is watching him box. He has come such a long way. He wants to go into politics, he’s going to college right now and after two more years of boxing he will go into politics.”

Pacquiao will enter the ring for the much-anticipated fight against the undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. this Saturday, May 2.

Written by Max Chang of NextShark || h/t: TMZ Images via WSJ


Manny Pacquiao Treats Family To $4,200 Pre-Fight Sushi Lunch In Hollywood


With arguably the biggest fight of our time just around the corner, both Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather have been preparing endlessly.

It’s no secret that diet has been a huge part of their fight preparation, and we all know Mayweather has spared no expense in that department.

According to The Philippine Star, Pacquiao dropped $4,200 for lunch at the Hollywood sushi restaurant Kabuki over the weekend. As someone who’s guaranteed to make $80 million this weekend, the meal didn’t make much of a dent in his bank account.


The Filipino boxer enjoyed the feast along with friends, family and Filipino actor Richard Gutierrez. According to the Eater LA, Pacquiao spent $3,700 at the same restaurant last week. The man clearly loves his sushi.

Written by Jacob Wagner of NextShark, Image via PhilStar

Celebrity Grub

Floyd Mayweather Is Paying This Chef $1000 Per Plate Until His Pacquiao Fight


Floyd Mayweather is not someone you should learn to budget from. Of course, if your nickname was “Money” too, things might be different.

There are probably few other more expensive ways to prepare for a fight than by hiring a private, on-call 24/7 chef to prepare healthy $1,000 meals for you.

Mayweather hired California-born Chef Q, real name Quiana Jeffries, who served as executive chef at Soul Dog in North Hollywood, California and is also affiliated with caterer Chefism. But until the May 2 Pacquiao/Mayweather fight, she is “The Chef that’s Beastin in Floyd Mayweather’s Kitchen,” according to her Instagram.


“My daily schedule for Floyd is ‘There is no schedule’ … I am here for him anytime. 24 hours, 7 days a week. If he needs me at 3 am, I am there cooking up breakfast.”

She makes everything from scratch using only organic ingredients.

“Also, we are really big on juicing right now … So if Floyd wants something to drink, it’s juiced through organic fruits.”


Chef Q told TMZ Sports that she doesn’t even normally charge $1,000 a plate, but Mayweather “felt my dishes were worth that much.” Chef Q is cooking up an estimated four meals a day for 46 days until the fight, so she’ll be raking in about $184,000 in total.

“He’s always been mindful of what he eats but there is something different about this fight.”

Is it maybe that he’s anxious and taking a no-expenses-spared mentality to give it his all when it comes to facing Pacquiao and protecting his undefeated record?

Then again, $184,000 is a small investment compared to the potential $120 million he’ll take home from boxing’s richest fight, win or lose.

Written by NextShark’s Max Chang, Images via Instagram

Cravings News

“The Southpaw” – Manny Pacquiao Inspired Sandwich

Created in anticipation of boxer Manny Pacquiao’s possible eight world title, the Manila Machine food truck has formulated an amazing looking sandwich with some key ingredients. Called “The Southpaw” AKA “The Sisig Sandwich“, we’re looking at a full-size pan de sal roll filled with the truck’s signature Sisig (citrus-marinated Pork Jowls), sriracha mayo, crumbled chicharon, onions, a fried egg and a drizzle of banana ketchup and sriracha. Make sure to stay up on the Manila Machine Twitter feed to find out when these guys will be coming through your neck of the woods!