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Who is Manny Pacquiao?

Manny Pacquiao, born December 17, 1978, is a Filipino politician and former professional boxer. Nicknamed “PacMan“, he is regarded as one of the greatest professional boxers of all time. 

He has been serving as a senator of the Philippines since 2016, and as party president of the ruling party PDP–Laban since 2020 (disputed since 2021), and representative of Sarangani (2010–2016).

Boxing Great Manny Pacquiao Retires, Sets His Sights On Philippine Presidency

Boxing Great Manny Pacquiao Retires, Sets His Sights On Philippine Presidency
Boxing Great Manny Pacquiao Retires, Sets His Sights On Philippine Presidency

Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao is officially hanging up his gloves.

The eight-division world champion and Philippines senator on Wednesday announced his retirement from the ring,

“I would like to thank the whole world, especially the Filipino people, for supporting Manny Pacquiao. Goodbye boxing,” the 42-year old said in a 14-minute video posted on his Facebook page. “It is difficult for me to accept that my time as a boxer is over. Today I am announcing my retirement.”

Pacquiao finished his 26-year, 72-fight career with 62 wins, eight losses, and two draws. Of those 62 wins, 39 were by knockout and 23 by decision. He won 12 world titles and is the only fighter in history to win titles in eight different weight classes.

His retirement from boxing followed a disheartening defeat to Yordenis Ugas in Paradise, Nevada on Aug. 21. The younger Cuban boxer beat Pacquiao by unanimous decision, retaining his WBA welterweight title. It was Pacquiao’s first fight in more than two years.

“Thank you for changing my life, when my family was desperate, you gave us hope, you gave me the chance to fight my way out of poverty,” Pacquiao said in the video. “Because of you, I was able to inspire people all over the world. Because of you, I have been given the courage to change more lives.”

Manny Pacquiao Biography, Wiki

Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao was born on December 17, 1978, to parents Dionesia Dapidran-Pacquiao and Rosalio Pacquiao. He was raised in Kibawe, which is located in the Bukidnon province of Mindanao, Philippines.

When he was a teenager, Pacquiao left his family and boarded a ship to Manila, Philippines, in hopes of training as a boxer and launching a career in the sport. Not long after, in January of 1995, his goals gained some traction; at age 16, he stepped into the ring for his first professional bout, against Edmund Ignacio.

Pacquiao won the fight in four rounds, in a unanimous decision. The victory propelled him on a successful boxing run that would encompass the better part of two decades.

Manny Pacquiao
Manny Pacquiao
Real NameEmmanuel “Manny” Dapidran Pacquiao
NicknameManny, Pac Man, The Destroyer, The Mexicutioner, The Nation’s Fist, The Filipino Slugger, The Fighting Congressman, National Godfather, Fighting Pride of the Philippines
ProfessionFilipino Professional Boxer
Physical Stats & More
Heightin centimeters- 166 cm
in meters- 1.66 m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 5½”
Weightin Kilograms- 70 kg
in Pounds- 154 lbs
Body Measurements– Chest: 41 Inches
– Waist: 32 Inches
– Biceps: 15 Inches
Eye ColourDark Brown
Hair ColourBlack
Boxing
Professional Debut1995
Coach/MentorFreddie Roach
Records (main ones)• Pacquiao is the first and only eight-division world champion, in which he has carried off ten world titles, as well as being the first to win the lineal championship at five different weight classes.
• Pacquiao is also the third fighter in the history of Boxing to win genuine world championships in three of the original eight weight divisions of boxing, also known as the “Glamour Divisions”.
• “Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA), World Boxing Council (WBC), and World Boxing Organization (WBO) named him “The Fighter of Decade”.
• He is also a three-time Ring magazine and BWAA “Fighter of the Year”, carrying off the award in 2006, 2008, and 2009; and the Best Fighter ESPY Award in 2009 and 2011.
• Pacquiao was ranked “the greatest Asian fighter of all time” by BoxRec (website of Professional Boxers).
• Sporting news and many boxing websites, incorporating ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Sporting Life, Yahoo! Sports, About.com, BoxRec, and The Ring rated him the “best pound for pound boxer in the world”.
Career Turning PointWhen he defeated more experienced Chokchai Chockvivat in the flyweight division and won the OPBF Flyweight title.
Personal Life
Date of Birth17 December 1978
Age (as in 2016)38 Years
Birth PlaceKibawe, Bukidnon, Philippines
Zodiac sign/Sun signSagittarius
NationalityFilipino
HometownKibawe, Bukidnon, Philippines
SchoolSaavedra Saway Elementary School in General Santos City
CollegeNotre Dame of Dadiangas University
Educational QualificationsDegrees in Business
FamilyFather– Rosalio Pacquiao

Mother– Dionesia Dapidran-Pacquiao

Brothers– Bobby Pacquiao,

Domingo Silvestre and
Rogelio Pacquiao

Sisters– Liza Silvestre-Onding and Isidra Pacquiao-Paglinawan
ReligionEvangelical Protestantism
HobbiesPlaying Basketball, Singing, Playing American Football
ControversiesIn early2016, Manny Pacquiao created controversy by comparing homosexuals to animals, saying people in same-sex relationships “are worse than animals”. Later he made an apology for his statement.
Favourite Things
Favourite BoxersJoe Frazier,

Sugar Ray Leonard, Mike Tyson, and Oscar De La Hoya
Favourite FoodButterfinger Peanut Butter Cups
Favourite AccessoriesCamera (Canon Flagship)
Girls, Family & More
Marital StatusMarried
Affairs/GirlfriendsAra Mina (2007)

Krista Ranillo (2009)
WifeJinkee Pacquiao
ChildrenSons– Michael Paquiao

Emmanuel Pacquiao Jr and

Israel Pacquiao

Daughters– Mary Divine Grace Pacquiao and Queen Elizabeth Pacquiao
Money Factors and Cars collection
Cars CollectionMercedes-Benz SL 550

Ferrari 458 Italia
Salary$20 million
Net Worth$200 million

Manny Pacquiao Career

In December 1998, Pacquiao won a bout against Chatchai Sasakul of Thailand, taking the World Boxing Council flyweight title — his first major championship. Moving to a higher weight division, he scored a sixth-round technical knockout of Lehlo Ledwaba in 2001 to capture the International Boxing Federation junior featherweight title. He went on to win several high-profile bouts in the years thereafter, claiming world titles in a total of eight different weight divisions.

Ten years after his win against Sasakul, in December 2008, Pacquiao was named the victor of an eight-round, non-title welterweight bout against famed American boxer Oscar De La Hoya. The fight generated nearly $70 million from viewers of pay-per-view — the broadcasting format for most of Pacquiao’s fights since the early 2000s.

Pacquiao went on to fight United Kingdom boxing star Ricky Hatton in May 2009, in a light-welterweight division bout in Las Vegas. Pacquiao won the fight by a knockout in the second round, taking The Ring‘s junior welterweight championship. Later that year, in November, he beat Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto in a 12-round bout, for the World Boxing Organization welterweight title—an honor he defended in 2010 when he outlasted Ghanaian boxer Joshua Clottey in a 12-round fight.

Manny Pacquiao Boxing Career
Manny Pacquiao Boxing Career

On June 9, 2012, Pacquiao lost a 12-round bout with American boxer Timothy Bradley, in a 115-113 decision by three judges. The fight was an incredible upset for boxing fans, as Pacquiao had won seven rounds to Bradley’s five. The fight, broadcast on pay-per-view, was watched by thousands of fans worldwide. The judges’ decision spurred wide speculation, as both critics and fans argued that Pacquiao should have been named the victor.

That December, Pacquiao suffered another difficult defeat. He was knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez in the sixth round of their welterweight bout in Las Vegas. Pacquiao explained his loss by saying “I just got hit by a punch I didn’t see,” according to the New York Daily News.

Pacquiao’s impeccable footwork, speed, and quick jabs have kept boxing fans on their feet. And his endearing smile, charm, and chiseled physique have only helped to boost his public appeal. In 2003, he was voted the Philippines’ Person of the Year over President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. He was also named “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2000s by the Boxing Writers Association of America, among various other honors.

Following a win over Brandon Rios in November 2013, Pacquiao emerged the victor in an April 2014 rematch with Bradley to regain the WBO welterweight title. He then scored his third straight win by holding off Chris Algieri in November.

In February 2015, it was announced that Pacquiao would fight undefeated American Floyd Mayweather at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 2, 2015. Billed the “Fight of the Century,” the long-anticipated bout between the era’s two signature boxers brought in a record purse via gate receipts and pay-per-view buys. Despite fighting with an injured right shoulder, Pacquiao gamely went after Mayweather but was unable to land many effective punches. He lost a unanimous decision to drop his record to 57-6-2.

Following another loss, to Australia’s Jeff Horn in July 2017, it seemed that the former champion was nearing the end of the road in his boxing career. However, after a year off, Pacquiao scored a seventh-round knockout of Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse, showing that he remained a formidable presence in the ring.

Manny Pacquiao Personal Life

Pacquiao is married to Maria Geraldine “Jinkee” Jamora, and they have five children: Emmanuel Jr. “Jimuel,” Michael, Princess, Queen Elizabeth “Queenie,” and Israel.

Manny Pacquiao with his wife Jinkee Pacquiao
Manny Pacquiao with his wife Jinkee Pacquiao

The couple now officially resides in Kiamba, Sarangani, Maria’s hometown.

In February 2007, he cleared a high school equivalency exam, which made him eligible for college education.

Pacquiao graduated from the ‘University of Makati’ in Makati City with a bachelor’s degree in political science, majoring in local government administration, on December 11, 2019.

Manny Pacquiao Awards and Achievements

  • By winning the Lineal and The Ring featherweight championship, he became the first Asian and Filipino to be a three-division world champion.
  • Manny Pacquiao also became the first Filipino and Asian to become a five-division world champion and the first Filipino boxer to win a world title in the lightweight division.
  • On December 22, 2008, he was awarded the ‘Philippine Legion of Honor’ with the rank of Officer “for winning four world titles in different weight divisions and for being the best fighter in the world in his time.”On November 20, 2009, President Macapagal-Arroyo conferred upon Pacquiao the Order of Sikatuna with the rank of Datu with Gold distinction for winning his seventh-weight division world title.
  • He was named ‘Fighter of the Decade’ (the 2000s) by the ‘Boxing Writers Association of America’ (BWAA), ‘World Boxing Council’ (WBC), and ‘World Boxing Organization’ (WBO).
  • Manny Pacquiao has received several awards, including the ‘Best Fighter ESPY Award’ (2009 & 2011), ‘PSA Sportsman of the Year’ (2000-2009), ‘WBO Fighter of the Year’ (2010), ‘ESPN Fighter of the Year’ (2006, 2008 & 2009) and ‘The Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year’ (2006, 2008 & 2009).
  • The 2009 and 2015 issues of ‘Forbes’ magazine named Pacquiao as the ‘World’s Highest-Paid Athlete’ (ranked 6th and 2nd respectively). In 2009, he was also listed among the 100 most influential people by ‘TIME.’
  • In 2019, ‘Forbes’ magazine ranked Pacquiao as one of the ‘Highest-Paid Athletes of the Decade’ (ranked 8th).

Some Interesting Facts About Manny Pacquiao

  • Manny was born in a very poor family in Kibawe, Bukidnon, Philippines, when Manny was two years old, his family moved to an isolated place, where he spent his early life with five siblings in a single room.
  • Manny’s early life spent in poverty. When Manny was a kid, he wanted to be a priest.
  • He was impressed by Bruce Lee in his childhood. Bruce Lee’s speed and agility appealed to him. He started to emulate Bruce-Lee.                                                                                                                                                                       
  • When he became 6 or 7 years old, he got his first job as an assistant to an old fisherman.
  • Manny started his career in a local boxing show on television called Blow by Blow, where he was paid two dollars per fight.
  • In 1996, He experienced his first loss after getting knocked out by his opponent Rustico Torrecampo.
  • Manny met his future wife Jinkee for the first time in General Santos Mall where she worked as beauty consultant.
  • In 2009, Manny starred in a film Wapakman in which he portrayed Magno Manese.                                                  
  • Manny is first Filipino Boxer and Athlete to appear on postage stamp.                                                                            
  • He is featured in some boxing video games as Fight Night Round 2, Fight Night Round 3 and Fight Night Round 4.

Manny Pacquiao FAQ’s

Who is Manny Pacquiao?

Manny Pacquiao, born December 17, 1978, is a Filipino politician and former professional boxer. Nicknamed “PacMan“, he is regarded as one of the greatest professional boxers of all time. 

Who is Manny Pacquiao’s wife?

Pacquiao is married to Maria Geraldine “Jinkee” Jamora, and they have five children: Emmanuel Jr. “Jimuel,” Michael, Princess, Queen Elizabeth “Queenie,” and Israel.

What is Manny Pacquiao’s net worth?

Around $200 Million.

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