From abject poverty to becoming a ten time boxing world champion and history’s first boxing congressman, international icon Manny Pacquiao is the definition of a Cinderella story. In the Philippines, he first entered the ring as a sixteen year old weighing 98 pounds with the goal of earning money to feed his family. Now, almost twenty years later, when he fights, the country of 100 million people comes to a complete standstill to watch. Today at the height of his career, he is faced with maneuvering an unscrupulous sport and political duties, while still maintaining a personal life. The question now is what bridge is too far for Manny Pacquiao to cross?
On May 2, 2015 Manny Pacquiao fights Floyd Mayweather at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Floyd Mayweather is receiving $180 million for the fight, from the $300+ million purse. Manny Pacquiao receives the remainder of the purse, which is expected to be in the $120-140 million range.