Manny Pacquiao Biography
Nick Name: Emmanuel Pacquiao, MP, Manny 'Pac-Man' Pacquiao, Manny 'Pacman' Pacquiao, Manî Pakkyao, Pac Man, The Mexicutioner, The Destroyer
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Also Known As: Emmanuel Dapidran
Born in: Kibawe, Bukidnon, Philippines
Famous as: Eight-division Boxing World Champion
Spouse/Ex-: Jinkee Pacquiao
father: Rosalio Pacquiao
mother: Dionesia Dapidran-Pacquiao
siblings: Bobby Pacquiao, Domingo Silvestre, Isidra Pacquiao-Paglinawan, Liza Silvestre-Onding, Rogelio Pacquiao
children: Emmanuel Pacquiao Jr, Israel Paquiao, Michael Pacquiao, Princess Pacquiao, Queen Elizabeth Pacquiao
education: Notre Dame of Dadiangas University
Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao, more popularly known as Pac-Man, is a Filipino boxer, media celebrity, and politician. He is the first and the only eight-division boxing champion in the world. Pacquiao has won 10 world titles in total and is also the first boxer who won lineal championships in four separate categories. His rise from poverty to world-wide fame is a remarkable story. Pacquiao is immensely popular in the Philippines and stars in movies, advertisements, TV shows and even has his image on a postage stamp. The ‘Ring’ magazine has named him the ‘Fighter of the Year’ three times. Some of the biggest sporting news and boxing websites like ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Sporting Life, Yahoo! Sports, BoxRec have rated him as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world. Pacquiao is also the head coach of the basketball team ‘Mahindra Enforcers’. He landed in the 11th position in the first round of the 2014 PBA draft, thus being the oldest rookie to be drafted in the Philippine Basketball Association. He represented the province of Sarangani in the 15th and the 16th Congress of the Philippines and was elected to the House of Representatives both times. Manny Pacquiao is now the second highest paid athlete in the world.
- Pacquiao was born on December 17, 1978, in Kibawe, Bukidnon, Philippines to Rosalio Pacquiao and Dionesia Dapidran-Pacquiao. He was their fourth child.
- His parents got divorced when he was in the sixth grade of school.
- Manny completed his elementary education at Saavedra Saway Elementary School in General Santos City.
- He dropped out of high school due to poverty and left home at the age of 14.
- At the age of 14, Pacquiao moved to Manila where he made to the Philippine national amateur boxing team. He had an amateur record of 64 fights.
- On January 22, 1995, at 16, Pacquiao professionally debuted in a four-round bout in the light flyweight division against Edmund "Enting" Ignacio and won.
- His first major boxing honor came in December 1998, when he won a bout against Chatchai Sasakul of Thailand and took the World Boxing Council (WBC) flyweight title.
- On June 23, 2001, Manny faced Lehlohonolo Lebwaba for the International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior featherweight title and won by a technical knockout. This was his second major boxing title that he defended four times.
- On November 15, 2003, in a career-defining fight for the Lineal and The Ring Featherweight championship in Texas, he defeated Marco Antonio through a technical knockout. He defended this title twice.
- On May 8, 2004, Manny faced Juan Manuel, the holder of WBA and IBF featherweight titles in Las Vegas. This bout was scored a draw.
- On March 19, 2005, Manny fought the Mexican legend Erik Morales for the WBC international and IBA super featherweight titles in the super featherweight division. He lost the 12-round match, but defeated Morales in a rematch that took place on January 21, 2006, in Las Vegas.
- In July 2006, he defended his WBC international title against Oscar Larios and won.
- In June of 2008, Manny fought for the WBC Lightweight title and won it by defeating David Diaz via a ninth round knockout.
- On December 6, 2008, he defeated Oscar De La Hoya, the six-division world champion in the welterweight division.
- In May 2009, he defeated Ricky Hatton and won the The Ring’s junior welterweight title.
- On November 14, 2009, in a fight termed ‘Firepower’, Pacquiao defeated Miguel Cotto via technical knockout in the twelfth round at the MGM Grand Las Vegas and won the WBO Welterweight title.
- On June 9, 2012, Manny Pacquiao faced Timothy Bradley in a 12-round fight for defending the WBO Welterweight title. Bradley won a controversial decision.
- The duo faced each other again on April 12, 2014 at the Grand Garden Arena in Nevada. This time Pacquiao won and re-established himself as a really strong fighter.
- Pacquiao’s successful foray into politics happened On May 13, 2010, with him being proclaimed congressman of the district of Sarangani. In the 2013 elections, he ran unopposed for his second stint as a congressman.
- Winning the Lineal and The Ring Featherweight championship, he became the first Asian and Filipino to be a three-division world champion.
- Manny Piquaio 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’ (2000s) by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA), World Boxing Council (WBC), and World Boxing Organization (WBO).
- Manny Paquaio has received several awards and the most noted are the ‘Best Fighter ESPY Award’ (2009 & 2011), the ‘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 the ‘Forbes’ magazine recognized Pacquiao as the ‘World's Highest-Paid Athlete’ (ranked 6th and 2nd) and he was also listed among the 100 most influential people in the ‘TIME’ (2009).
- Pacquiao is married to Maria Geraldine "Jinkee" Jamora, and they have four children: Emmanuel Jr. "Jimuel", Michael, Princess, and Queen Elizabeth "Queenie."
- The couple now officially resides in Kiamba, Sarangani, the hometown of his wife.
- Manny Pacquiao has acted in several movies like ‘Lisensyadong Kamao’ (2005), ‘Anak ng Kumander’(2008), ‘Brown Soup Thing’ (2008), ‘Wapakman’ (2009), and ‘Manny’ (2015)
- He has also released several music albums: ‘Laban Nating Lahat Ito’ (2006), ‘ac-Man Punch’ (2007), ‘Lalaban Ako Para Sa Pilipino’ (2015).
- As of 2015, Manny Pacquiao has an estimated net worth of $190 million.
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