KTLA looked at his humble beginnings as part of its look at high profile Asian American and Pacific Islanders with LA connections.
According to KTLA, Pacquiao grew up on the streets of Kibawe – a small town in the Philippines.
His mother couldn’t afford to support the family so he moved out of his home at age 14.
By age 16, he had won his first professional bout in the ring against Edmund Ignacio.
He quickly captured the eye of the sporting world with victories over Oscar de la Hoya and ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley.