Manny Pacquiao shares with Mike Tyson the reason behind his decision to start boxing.
Manny Pacquiao, considered one of the greatest boxers in history, achieved the remarkable feat of becoming the only 8-division champion in the sport. Despite his impoverished upbringing in Kibawe, Philippines, Pacquiao’s passion for boxing remained unshaken. Determined to improve his life and support his parents, he left his hometown as a young kid and ventured to Manila to seek better opportunities.
As he grew older, he found his calling in boxing and committed himself wholeheartedly to the sport. Pacquiao’s journey from humble beginnings to the pinnacle of success perfectly embodies the famous saying ‘from rags to riches.’ Today, he is not only recognized for his boxing prowess but also stands among the highest-paid athletes worldwide, with a net worth of $26 million as of 2019, according to Forbes.
Throughout his life, boxing remained his focus, and he now enjoys the rewards of his dedication and hard work. Recently, Pacquiao took a step further by revealing another significant reason that led him to become a boxer.
In a resurfaced video online, Manny Pacquiao was seen spending time with the legendary boxer Mike Tyson. Despite past disagreements over Pacquiao’s remarks on homosexuality, it appears they have moved on and reconciled their differences. Tyson has come to accept the transformation in Pacquiao’s perspective on life.
The recent meeting between Pacquiao and Tyson took place at the highly anticipated 2023 event featuring Ryan Garcia vs. Gervonta Davis. Excited about the encounter, Pacquiao approached Tyson to take some pictures together, which he promptly shared on all of his social media platforms. Alongside Pacquiao and Tyson in the video is another prominent boxer, Isaac Cruz, creating an impressive gathering of boxing titans.
In a revealing video, Manny Pacquiao shared that he became a boxer after watching Mike Tyson’s fights in the 1990s. Despite past disagreements, Tyson has praised Pacquiao on multiple occasions, considering him the most “sensational” boxer of all time.
During their recent meeting, though there were underlying tensions, it seems they have successfully put aside their differences. However, Tyson recently named a boxer whom he believes is better than Manny Pacquiao.
Tyson puts the Japanese P4P star above Pacquiao.
According to Tyson’s comments on an episode of “Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson,” he spoke highly of Naoya Inoue, a Japanese boxing sensation from the bantamweight division. Inoue has an undefeated record and was the former undisputed bantamweight champion, holding all four titles in the division. Additionally, he has also become a 4-division champion. Recently, Inoue competed against Stephen Fulton for the super-bantamweight titles at a catchweight and won via an eight-round TKO. Tyson places Inoue above Pacquiao in terms of boxing prowess and achievements.
It’s fascinating to see Mike Tyson’s high praise for Naoya Inoue’s boxing skills, comparing him favorably to Manny Pacquiao. Tyson’s admiration for Inoue’s viciousness and talent as a boxer is evident from his comments.
Manny Pacquiao’s career has been nothing short of remarkable, with his achievements and status as a boxing legend firmly established. His incredible journey from a young kid in impoverished circumstances to becoming an 8-division champion has inspired countless fans around the world.
As for Naoya Inoue, he has been a dominant force in the bantamweight division, showcasing his skills and earning recognition as a multi-division champion. His undefeated record and aggressive fighting style have earned him the nickname “The Monster,” highlighting the fear he instills in his opponents.
As for the future, only time will tell how Naoya Inoue’s career unfolds and whether he can reach the same level of success as Manny Pacquiao. Regardless, both fighters have already secured their places in boxing history, and their contributions will be celebrated for generations to come.