I remember as I was growing up making many a complaint about things my parents did or wouldn’t let me do. My friends all had similar grievances, as I’m sure you did with yours, as well. Things like making you be home by 11pm when your friends got to stay out ’til midnight, or not buying you that hooker for your 18th birthday (thanks for nothing, dad!). Then today I read about Manny Pacquiao’s father, and I have to say, I appreciate my parents a lot more.
Now, my mother would never let me get a dog when I was growing up even though I wanted one, and maybe that’s a good thing. I mean, since I never had a dog of my own, that means my father never had a chance to eat him as I watched in horror. Manny Pacquiao? He wasn’t so lucky.
From NEWS OF THE WORLD:
Ricky Hatton’s next opponent suffered a horrific childhood and ran away from home after his father Rosalio snatched the youngster’s pooch, fried it and then ate it in front of the traumatised child.
Trainer Freddie Roach revealed: “Manny saw his dad eat his dog and that is why he ran away from home and became a boxer.
“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. Manny arrived in Manila and ended up in a boxing gym. He lived on the street, where he bought doughnuts and then sold each one for a nickel to survive.”
When asked how the dog tasted, Pacquiao’s father replied that it was “a little ruff.”
As the article points out, Pacquiao has now gone from a dirt poor kid selling donuts on the street to the 40th richest man in the Philippines with an estimated worth of $25 million, which is enough to buy more dogs than Manny can ever dream of - be they for companionship or dinner.