Emmanuel “Manny” Dapidran Pacquiao Sr., CLH (/pkia/ PAK-ee-ow; born December 17, 1978) is a Filipino politician and professional boxer. He is recognised as one of the best professional boxers of all time and is known as “PacMan”. He is presently a senator in the Philippines and the party president of the ruling PDP–Laban coalition.
Manny Pacquiao is boxing’s only eight-division world champion, having won twelve major world titles.
He was the first boxer to win the lineal championship in five different weight classes, the first boxer to win major world titles in four of the eight “glamour divisions”: flyweight, featherweight, lightweight, and welterweight, and the only boxer to hold world crowns throughout four decades (1990s, 2000s, 2010s, and 2020s).
Pacquiao’s 25 pay-per-view fights had produced $1.2 billion in revenue as of 2015. According to Forbes, he was the world’s second most paid athlete in 2015.
Pacquiao, at the age of 40, became the oldest welterweight world champion in history, as well as the first boxer in history to become a recognised four-time welterweight champion, after defeating Keith Thurman to capture the WBA (Super) welterweight championship in July 2019.
Pacquiao grew up in General Santos, Philippines, and was born in Kibawe, Bukidnon. He is the son of Pacquiao’s parents, Rosalio Pacquiao and Dionisia Dapidran-Pacquiao. His parents divorced while he was in sixth grade, following his father’s adultery. He is the fourth of six siblings, one of which is also a politician and former professional boxer, Alberto “Bobby” Pacquiao.
Pacquiao was born in Kibawe, Bukidnon and grew up in General Santos, Philippines. Pacquiao’s parents are Rosalio Pacquiao and Dionisia Dapidran-Pacquiao. Following his father’s adultery, his parents split when he was in sixth grade. He is the fourth of six siblings, one of them, Alberto “Bobby” Pacquiao, is also a politician and former professional boxer.
Mejia began training his nephew in a small home gym in 1990. Pacquiao began boxing in a park in General Santos after 6 months of training, later going to other places to fight higher-ranked opponents.
He was regarded as the top junior boxer in the southern Philippines by the age of 15. He relocated to Manila when he was 15 years old. The boxer made his professional boxing debut as a junior flyweight in January 1995, at the age of 16.
Pacquiao took and passed a high school equivalency exam in February 2007, and was issued a high school diploma by the Department of Education.
On May 10, 1999, Pacquiao married Jinkee Jamora. Emmanuel Jr. (Jimuel), Michael Stephen, Mary Divine Grace (Princess), Queen Elizabeth (Queenie), and Israel are their five children.
Jimuel, his first son, is an amateur boxer, while Michael, his second son, is a rapper. Queenie, his daughter, was born in the United States. He currently resides in General Santos City, South Cotabato, Philippines. However, as a congressman from Sarangani’s lone district, he is officially residing in Kiamba, Sarangani, his wife’s birthplace.
Pacquiao graduated from the University of Makati on December 11, 2019, with a bachelor’s degree in political science, majoring in local government administration, through the Philippine Councilors League-Legislative Academy’s (PCCLA) Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency and Accreditation Program (ETEEAP), which allows qualified Filipinos to complete a collegiate-level education through informal education.
The boxer was raised in the Catholic faith but is now an Evangelical Protestant. Pacquiao claimed to have experienced a dream in which he saw a couple of angels and heard the voice of God, which led him to become a passionate believer.
He spoke out about the continued racially motivated attacks on Asian-Americans in the United States in April 2021, challenging anyone who engaged in racist attacks to fight him rather than their victims. He continued by saying “[Our] blood is only one colour! (sic). Stop discriminating!” he exclaimed, before concluding with a capitalised “Peace and love to everyone.”
Many boxing historians consider Pacquiao to be one of the best professional fighters of all time, and he is the only boxer in history to have won twelve major world titles in eight different weight divisions.
He is also the first boxer in history to win the lineal championship in five different weight divisions, and the first boxer in history to win major world titles in four of boxing’s original eight weight divisions, also known as the “glamour divisions”: flyweight, featherweight, lightweight, and welterweight.
Pacquiao, at the age of 40, became the oldest welterweight world champion in history, as well as the first boxer to become a recognised four-time welterweight champion, after defeating Keith Thurman to capture the WBA (Super) welterweight championship in July 2019. Pacquiao is also the only boxer to have held world titles in four distinct decades, in the 1990s, 2000s, 2010s, and 2020s.
He was selected Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA), WBC, HBO, and WBO Fighter of the Decade for the 2000s. He has also been named Ring magazine and BWAA Fighter of the Year three times, in 2006, 2008, and 2009, as well as the Best Fighter ESPY Award in 2009 and 2011.
Pacquiao was ranked second on ESPN’s ranking of the top pound-for-pound fighters of the last 25 years in 2016. BoxRec ranks Pacquiao as the third greatest boxer of all time, pound for pound, as well as the greatest Asian boxer of all time. BoxRec also gave Pacquiao a 5-Star rating in 16 of his victories.
Most sporting news and boxing websites, including ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Sporting Life, Yahoo! Sports, About.com, BoxRec, and The Ring, rated Pacquiao as the best active boxer in the world, pound for pound, from his rise to lightweight until his losses at welterweight in 2012. He is also the top-ten active boxer on The Ring’s pound-for-pound list for the longest time.
Pacquiao’s 25 pay-per-view (PPV) fights have produced around 20.1 million buys and $1.2 billion in revenue.
According to Forbes, he was the world’s second most paid athlete in 2015.
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