Throwback Photo: Manny Pacquiao as a Baker

There are so many things admirable about Manny Pacquiao – and one of them is the ability to look back from where he had gone, readily admitting to the world that he was once a guy who was so poor that he relied on other people and leaned heavily on his physical strength so he could live.

We’ve all heard about Manny Pacquiao, the boxer. In his youth, he was Manny Pacquiao, the construction worker.

…and he was Manny Pacquiao, the baker, too!

In a heartwarming throwback photo, the Filipino boxing champ shared that he used to work in a bakery. The post quickly went viral, gaining mostly positive feedback from the people who admired his rags-to-riches story. After all, everyone loves the underdog who eventually becomes the champion.

Working in the bakery before. 🙂

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In the snapshot, a visibly much younger Pacquiao could be seen posing for a picture while kneading bread while his partner wasn’t as camera-ready. This younger Pacquiao already shows some muscles yet he still looks quite scrawny compared with his recent pictures.

Many netizens and fans who commented on the photo expressed their admiration for his hard work and determination in improving his life even from rock bottom. Jaded haters, however, were quick to say this was just posted to attract voters as the boxing champ is running for senator in the 2016 elections.

Still, everyone already knows that Pacquiao had been very poor and had come from a broken family but had worked his way to the top, becoming rich and famous because of boxing. A picture of him as a poor guy in his past wouldn’t be able to sway voters who are bent on not voting him, right?

Pan de Sal

Pan de sal is a favorite bread type among Filipinos who enjoy this staple food at any time of the day. You can have pan de sal for breakfast, snack, or even for midnight snack. It goes well with lots of fillings or “palaman”, including cheese, jam spreads, or even by itself.

It also best enjoyed with a hot cup of coffee.