Interview with David Sisson – Manny Pacquiao’s personal assistant

Exclusive interview with Mr. David Sisson, youth evangelist leader and personal assistant to boxing champion, Manny Pacquiao.

 1. What was it like being raised by missionary parents?

It was great. I learned a lot from my parents growing up. They made lots of sacrifices for the Lord and that had a huge impact on my life. They’ve had one goal that still remains the main goal up to this day- to reach our city for Jesus.

2. At what stage in your life when you received the salvation of Christ?
I was saved at the age of 13 on March 3, 2005.

3. How has your faith in Christ grounded you in ministry and in the marketplace?

Every decision I make, I pray about it. The Bible has everything I need for my life. My faith in Christ makes me realize that victories and defeats are all part of life. At the end of the day my faith in Christ is what matters the most.

4. What does it take to be a successful personal assistant?

It takes a lot of work and commitment. I think it takes actually caring about the person you’re working for also. I really care about Manny.

Manny Pacquiao (left) and David Sisson (right) in training camp.
Manny Pacquiao (left) and David Sisson (right) in training camp.

5. Describe what your average day looks like?

Random. Very random. I’ve learned to be flexible because nothing ever goes as planned.

6. How did you get involved in becoming personal assistant to Manny Pacquiao?

I started out by making myself available to whatever he needed and from there he would just ask me to do more. I’ve known him since I was 8 years old. We live in the same city, General Santos.

7. Please if you can, share with us Manny Pacquiao’s devotion to his Christians faith?

Let me put it this way, I hardly ever see Manny NOT reading the Bible. He reads it constantly. He has whole chapters memorized. He loves the Bible. He is always encouraging me to read more of the Bible. I always try to encourage or help him but he’s the one that encourages and helps me. His love and devotion to God is amazing.

Manny Pacquiao studying the Bible.
Manny Pacquiao studying the Bible.

8. Do you have a Bible verse that stands out the most to you?

Romans 8:28

9. Are you into personal development?

To be honest not really. If I had to credit a personal development book though it would probably be the Bible. I know there are a lot of great books out there and I could spend a lot of time reading them, but I honestly just try to stay in my Bible as much as I can. There’s enough “personal development” tips in there to last me a lifetime.

11. On we highlight individual making an impact and propagating the gospel, who are some of the heroes you admire?

I’d have to say my Dad. He’s my hero. He’s always been there for me. No matter what I do, I always know I can go to my Dad about anything cause he’ll give it to me straight. He’s my hero number one, because he’s always been Dad first Pastor second. He loves souls. He isn’t happy unless he’s telling people about Jesus. I feel very blessed to have been raised by such a godly person.

12. What do you aim to achieve within the next ten years?

Honestly I thought before that I knew exactly what God’s plan was for my life, but I realized that I have to wake up every morning and surrender to what He has for me day by day.

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