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Manny Pacquiao ran away from home aged 12 after his father ate his dog

Published 29/04/2015

Boxer Manny Pacquiao, of the Philippines, poses for fans at a rally in Las Vegas, Tuesday, April 28, 2015.
Boxer Manny Pacquiao, of the Philippines, poses for fans at a rally in Las Vegas, Tuesday, April 28, 2015.

With all the hype surrounding this weekend's mega fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, one little detail about the latter's childhood might get lost - his dad cooked and ate his dog.

The superstar boxers arrived in Las Vegas today ahead of Saturday night's box office event and an old tale by Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach has been recounted.

"Manny ran away from home after his father ate his dog," trainer Freddie Roach once revealed.

Roach tells of the tough upbringing Pacquiao endured growing up in the Philippines.

"He lived on the street, where he bought doughnuts at a doughnut store and then sold each one for a nickel more to survive," said Roach.

"He slept in a cardboard box. He fought his way through all this, turned pro at 14, and look at the man he is today.

"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."

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