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Manny Pacquiao

25 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 26 November 2010

In this exclusive two-part documentary, Mike Costello travels to the Philippines to meet boxing legend, record-breaking eight times world champion, politician and national hero - Manny Pacquiao.

Mike catches up with Manny at the gym ahead of his recent fight with click Antonio Margarito - which he won.

He also meets up with his old friends and trainers - as well as Filipino analysts, economists and politicians - to discuss boxing, God, politics and the inspiration that one man can give to a nation.

  • Part One

    Mike begins his journey travelling through Manny Pacquiao's homeland - the Philippines - to gauge a sense of what he means to this country of 93 million people.

    His story is an amazing real-life fairytale on a scale that is even rare in the world of boxing.

    Manny came from a very poor family and was raised by a single mother, so it is no surprise that in a nation where a third of the population live on less than a dollar a day - his rise to prosperity has been so captivating.

    The Philippines also has a very profound Catholic culture and the fact that Manny kneels down in prayer before every fight, has had a massive impact on his appeal.

    He is a devout Catholic whose faith in God had led him to have unprecedented success in the world of boxing.

    Follow Mike as he traces this rags to riches story of a small town boy, who once sold doughnuts in the streets to feed his family.

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