Emmanuel lives a hand-to-mouth existence, surviving from one day and one meal to the next – in their mountain home in Mindanao where his family gets caught in the crossfire between rebels and paramilitary troops, then down to the provincial city where his mother works in a factory and his father later abandons them. But one day, he discovers the one thing he can own, his one true talent, and his family's way out of poverty - boxing. So he goes on the long hard journey of fighting from town to town, then leaving home to battle it out in Manila. As a teenage boxer, he must endure all the hunger, the bruises and the heartaches. He must risk everything, even his own life, to become a champion – for himself, his family and his country. This is the real story of a boy named Emmanuel, who has risen as one of the world's greatest boxers -- Manny Pacquiao.