If you’re like me, and you don’t follow boxing, you might be asking who is Manny Pacquiao? I read about him in today’s Wall Street Journal (see link below). He has a big boxing match coming up this weekend.



The majority of sports fans know who he is but for those of you who don’t you might be interested in his story.


Manny Pacquiao is a Filipino professional boxer. He is rated as the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world by many sporting magazines and websites.


He was elected to the Philippine House of Representatives. He has also been an actor, basketball player, singer, and Lieutenant Colonel in the Reserve Force of the Phillipine Army.


In 2009 he was named one of Time magazine’s most influential people.


He was named Fighter of the Decade for the 2000s (decade) by several boxing organizations.


Manny Pacquiao knows what hardship and suffering is:

  • When he was in sixth grade his parents separated.
  • He dropped out of high school due to extreme poverty.
  • He left his home at age 14 because his mother, who had six children, was not making enough money to support her family.
  • He moved to Manila and lived on the streets.
  • He started boxing and made the Phillipine National amateur boxing team where his room and board were paid for by the government.
  • He started his professional boxing career at age 16.

One of his teachers says without his tough childhood, it is unlikely Pacquiao would be the boxer he is today. “He was not interested in the beginning, it was only after he tried [the sport] and [his family] could buy food,” said Eltabigna.


Check out this article from today’s Wall Street Journal 


*Update: Last night (5/29/15) John and I watched a mesmerizing documentary about Manny. I highly recommend! http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1778931/


Recently I wrote a Kindle ebook about suffering and what God says about it available on Amazon for only $2.99. This coming Friday (May 1st) What Does God Say About Suffering? will be free for the whole day. It’s a short book but people say it really helps them. Here’s a little blurb about the book:

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Are you confused or terrified about suffering? 

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The question of why there is pain and suffering in the world has tormented every generation; When we’re walking through pain and suffering, we want life to make sense.

When this author was younger she felt confused about suffering. A friend gave her a book that only confused her more. In When Bad Things Happen to Good People Rabbi Harold S. Kushner wrote of how God is powerless to do anything to help anyone. Though still confused, the author believed God was more powerful than that.

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Lucille Zimmerman is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a private practice in Littleton, CO and an affiliate faculty teacher at Colorado Christian University.

She is also the author of Renewed: Finding Your Inner Happy in an Overwhelmed World. Through practical ideas and relatable anecdotes, readers can better understand their strengths and their passions—and address some of the underlying struggles or hurts that make them want to keep busy or minister to others to the detriment of themselves. Renewed can help nurture those areas of women’s lives to use them better for work, family, and service. It gives readers permission to examine where they spend their energy and time, and learn to set limits and listen to “that inner voice."