Reigning World Boxing Council Super Flyweight World Champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai never had to look too far for inspiration when he started to learn the ropes of pugilism. Recently, the Thai boxer signed with Nakornloung Promotion explained why admires Filipino boxing superfighter Manny Pacquiao.
“Manny Pacquiao is my hero,” Sor Rungvisai declared. “He is my idol. It’s always a treat to watch him fight in the ring.”
“Obviously, we’re both southpaws,” the Thai boxer added. “Other than that, I respect him for what he has done for his family through boxing.”
Pacquiao and Sor Rungvisai have striking similarities. From penniless homes to underprivileged surroundings, they both had tough beginnings with barely anything to start out with.
Hailing from General Santos City, Philippines, Pacquiao grew up with his family in a shanty area of the town, sleeping on cardboard boxes, buying doughnuts and then selling them for a penny more to eke out a living. As for Sor Rungvisai, he initially worked as a security guard but when the money was not enough to buy food, he searched for leftover food from the trash that he collected at a nearby department store.
In 2009, Sor Rungvisai transitioned from Muay Thai to boxing. He did not have to wait for many years to see that this was a great decision.
Sor Rungvisai looks up to Pacquiao, the only eight-division world champion in the history of boxing. The Filipino boxing legend was long rated as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world by most sporting news outfits and boxing websites.
On October 6, 2018, Sor Rungvisai will once again prove that he is one of the best boxers of today. He will defend his World Boxing Council Super Flyweight World Championship from Iran “MagnifiKO” Diaz of Mexico in the main event of “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” in Bangkok.
Here is a clip featuring Sor Rungvisai and Diaz: