Boxing's "Fighter of the Decade" finds faith

Recommended by Alicia Purdy

For the Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, April 25 2012 1:15 p.m. MDT

Manny Pacquiao attends a press conference announcing his World Boxing Organization welterweight championship fight against Timothy Bradley at The Beverly Hills Hotel on February 21, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Our take: Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao, a boxing champ from the Philippines, was once referred to as the "Fighter of the Decade. His life took a series of turns that caused him to reevaluate the direction he was heading and eventually led him to seek God which changed his life. Where fame, fortune and family pressures took their toll, Pacquiao now fills that void with his relationship with Christ.

Philippine boxing champ Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao is now telling the world about the true champion of his life: God.

The Boxing Writer's Association of America named Pacquiao "Fighter of the Decade." In his 17-year career, he fought his way to the top, becoming the first eight-division boxing champ of the world.

But fame and fortune didn't come easy for "Pac-Man."

His parents separated when he was in elementary school. And extreme poverty forced him to leave home and find a job in Manila at age 13 to support his family.

For a time, Pacquiao lived on the streets. He sold flowers and worked in construction sites just to survive.

Read more about Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao's life-changing decision at CBN.com.

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