By Gary Andrew Poole
Da Capo Press, $15.00, 280 pages

Go behind the scenes into the life of Manny Pacquiao, one of the world’s most famous boxers. Author Gary Andrew Poole captures the essence of Pacquiao in this biography, Pacman. As the only fighter to capture seven championship belts in seven different weight classes, Pacquiao continues to impress the world with his skills and personality. Learn about Pacquiao’s background growing up in the fourth poorest province in the Philippines and how he made his way to Manila and eventually to the United States. In 2001, the fighter joined up with well-known trainer, Freddie Roach and Pacquiao’s career rocketed to a whole new level.

From Rags to Riches

It seems like Pacquiao has done it all. He has been involved in acting, music recording and politics. In 2010, he was elected to the House of Representatives in the 15th Congress of the Philippines. Boxing fans and readers new to the sport will enjoy Poole’s writing. This updated edition has a new afterword by the author. It would be nice to see some photographs of the legend throughout his life, but otherwise the book is fascinating and well written.

Reviewed by Kathryn Franklin