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Manny Pacquiao

December 17, 1978 age 41 years

Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao, born on December 17, 1978, more popularly known as Manny Pacquiao, is a Filipino professional boxer and politician. Boxing historians regard him as one of the greatest professional boxers of all time. Apart from boxing, Pacquiao has also ventured into acting, singing, and politics.Manny Pacquiao Picture

Profile Summary

  • Name: Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao
  • Alias: PacMan
  • Pro Boxing Stats: 62-7-2, with 39 wins by knockout
  • Status: Active
  • Career: 1995-2020
  • Birthday: December 17, 1978
  • Age: 41
  • Nationality: Filipino
  • Debut: January 22, 1995
  • Division: welter
  • Stance: Southpaw
  • Height: 5 feet, 5.5 inches / 166 cm
  • Reach: 67 inches / 170cm
  • Residence: General Santos City, Cotabato del Sur, Philippines
  • Birthplace: Kibawe, Bukidnon, Philippines

Early Life

Manny Pacquiao was born on December 17, 1978 in Kibawe, Bukidnon, Philippines. His mother is Dionesia Dapidran-Pacquiao while his father is Rosalio Pacquiao. When he was in sixth grade of elementary school, his parents got divorced. He completed his elementary education at Saavedra Saway elementary school in General Santos City. However, he dropped out of high school due to poverty. He left home at the age of 14.

Boxing Career

  • At 14 years old, Pacquiao moved to Manila where he joined the Philippine national amateur boxing team. He had an amateur record of 64 fights.
  • On January 22, 1995, at age 16, Pacquiao debuted in a four-round bout in light flyweight division. He was against Edmund “Enting” Ignacio. He won this match.
  • In December 1998, Pacquiao had his first major boxing honor when he won a fight against Chatchai Sasakul of Thailand. He took home the World Boxing Council (WBC) flyweight title.
  • On January 23, 2001, Manny fought against Lehlohonolo Lebwaba for the International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior featherweight title. He won this match by a technical knockout. This became his second major boxing title, which he defender for four times.
  • On November 15, 2003, Manny defeated Marco Antonio by a technical knockout. He defended this title for two times.
  • On May 8, 2004, Pacquiao faced Juan Manuel, holder of the IBF and WBA featherweight titles in Las Vegas. This fight was declared a draw.
  • On March 19, 2005, Pacquiao fought Erik Morales, a Mexican boxing legend, for the WBC international and IBA super featherweight titles. He lost the 12-round match.
  • On January 21, 2006, Pacquiao had his rematch with Morales in Las Vegas. He won.
  • In July 2006, Pacquiao defended his WBC international titles against Oscar Larios. He won the match.
  • In June 2008, Manny fought David Diaz for the WBC lightweight titles. He won on round 9 by a knockout.
  • On December 6, 2008, Manny defeated Oscar De La Hoya who was a six-division world champion in the welterweight division.
  • In May 2009, Pacquiao won a match against Ricky Hatton for The Ring’s junior welterweight title.
  • On November 14, 2009, Pacquiao won a match against Miguel Cotto in a fight termed as “Firepower”. He won via technical knockout during the 12th round. He got the WBO Welterweight title.
  • On June 9, 2012, Pacquiao fought Timothy Bradley in a 12-round fight to defend his WBO welterweight title. However, he lost through a controversial division.
  • On April 12, 2014, Pacquiao had a rematch against Bradley at the Grand Garden Arena to which he won.

Other Ventures

Apart from boxing, Manny Pacquiao also has several other ventures:

Acting

Pacquiao has acted in movies such as ‘Lisensyadong Kamao’ (2005), ‘Anak ng Kumander’(2008), ‘Brown Soup Thing’ (2008), ‘Wapakman’ (2009), and ‘Manny’ (2015). He has also guested in various TV shows in the Philippines. He even hosted one game shows titled “Manny Many Prizes” and “Show Me Da Manny”.

Music

If acting is one of Manny Pacquiao’s abilities, he has also talents in music. He has released several music albums: ‘Laban Nating Lahat Ito’ (2006), ‘ac-Man Punch’ (2007), ‘Lalaban Ako Para Sa Pilipino’ (2015).

Politics

On February 12, 2007, Pacquiao announced that he would run for a seat in the Philippine House of Representatives in the May 2007 election. He ran for the representative of the 1st District of South Cotabato but lost to Darlene Antonio-Custodia.

On November 21, 2009, Pacquiao again officially announced that he would run for a congressional seat in Sarangani province, the hometown of his wife, Jinkee Pacquiao. On May 13, 2010, Manny was proclaimed the congressman of Sarangani. He won by a landslide vote.

In 2013, he ran for the same post, unopposed, ultimate becoming Sarangani’s congressman once again.

During the 2016 elections, Manny ran a post for the Senate of the Philippines. On May 19, 2016, he was official proclaimed one of the winners of the Philippine Senate Seats by the Commission on Elections. He garnered over 16 million votes, landing 7th spot among the 12 new senatorial members.

Net Worth Manny Pacquiao 2020

According to celebrity net worth, as of 2020, Manny Pacquiao has a staggering $220 million net worth. This is primarily due to his boxing career and endorsements, among others.

Quotes by Manny Pacquiao

  • “No notes. You speak from deep in your heart. It’s easy.”
  • “All those who are around me are the bridge to my success, so they are all important.”
  • “Nothing personal – I am just doing my job.”
  • “Only in death will I relinquish my belts.”
  • “I know what poverty is.”
  • “The most important thing as a leader is your relationship with God.”
  • “I don’t mind having these relatives. I’ll give them a little, since they all prayed for my victory.”
  • “I will do my best, and I promise I will give this guy a fight, and I have to win this fight.”
  • “Anytime, Anywhere” – When asked about a rematch with Erik Morales.
  • “I know everyone in the Philippines is happy.”
  • “I could see he was having problems taking my punches. I had no problem taking his.”
  • “I would only spend a week or two in the Philippines, most probably the week during my birthday because I am planning to give away Christmas gifts to the poor people of General Santos just like what I did last year.”
  • “I always ask myself, what do I need to prove? I won the fight.” – On his fights with Marquez.
  • “I’m happy to help people.”
  • “I can be a champion and a public servant also.”
  • “I want them to make peace with the love of God.” – When asked about the rift between his strength & conditioning coach Alex Ariza and trainer Freddie Road.
  • “We have a job to do. After the fight, I’ll love him.” – On his previous fight with Timothy Bradley
  • “I don’t even remember if he hurt me with even one punch. Amazing what the result is.” – After his controversial loss to Bradley.
  • “I want to show the people that Manny Pacquiao can still fight and give a good show.”
  • “I want to prove that he’s wrong – he’s wearing a t-shirt that says he won the last two fights.” – On his third fight with Marquez.
  • “It depends on my promoter, Bob Arum.”
  • “We pray everyday. We read the bible everyday, so everybody’s happy.”
  • “I’m doing this for my family and my country.”
  • “Even the president is watching the fight.” – On his fight with Miguel Cotto.
  • “You train hard and I’ll train hard, and may the best man win, and good luck to both of us.” – Talking to Miguel Cotto.
  • “Right now I’m inspired to fight for the honour of my country.”
  • “Nobody can say that I’m lazy in training.”
  • “Sometimes I don’t feel good, but when you get in the ring, you can’t say “oh, I feel bad, can we stop?”
  • “I’m surprised that the fight was kind of easy.” – After his destruction of Ricky Hatton in 2 rounds.
  • “You’re still my idol.” – Talking to Oscar De La Hoya just after he beat him.

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