Manny Pacquiao is a Philipino professional boxer. As of July 2019, he is the oldest welterweight champion at 40 years of age. He holds 12 world titles which are from the WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO, and The Ring. Not only that, but he is also known to win titles from eight different weight classes. Pacquiao's popularity has increased over the years and so has his pay-per-view boxing attraction.
Besides boxing, Manny Pacquiao has worked in multiple industries which include politics, basketball, acting, and singing. He is an idol for the people in the Philippines and his popularity and fame have led to movies, television shows, and endorsements. As of May 2016, he is one of the senators of the Philippines. Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao has become an icon in the world of boxing.
At age 16, Pacquiao became a professional boxer. He won his first big title, the World Boxing Council (WBC) flyweight title on December 4, 1998. After struggling to move up a weight class for a few years, he finally succeeded. During his first fight in the United States, he scored a sixth-round knockout on June 23, 2001, winning the International Boxing Federation junior featherweight title. Over the next few years, Pacquiao participated in many high-profile fights and won multiple titles. He also defeated boxing star Oscar De La Hoya on December 6, 2008, and continued his victory on May 2, 2009, when he beat Ricky Hatton and won The Ring's junior welterweight championship.
By June 2012, Pacquiao had a 15-bout winning streak but he lost that when Timothy Bradley defeated him. But by April 2014, he regained his WBO welterweight title when he beat Bradley. In 2015, the awaited fight between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather took place in which Pacquiao suffered a loss. Pacquiao took some time off and retired from boxing but he bounced back. By 2019, he was the oldest welterweight champion at 40 years old.
Manny Pacquiao has won 12 major world titles and is the only boxer in history to win in eight different weight classes. 9 of his titles are from the "Big Four" which includes the WBC, IBF, WBO, and WBA. The remaining three of those titles are from The Ring.
The first major title he won was the World Boxing Council (WBC) flyweight title on December 4, 1998. He continued to win the WBC super featherweight title in 2008, WBC lightweight in 2008, and WBC super welterweight in 2010.
Next, he won the International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior featherweight title in 2001.
Third, he won the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title in 2009, 2014, and 2016. Next, he won the World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight title in 2019.
Lastly, he won The Ring featherweight title in 2003, junior lightweight title in 2008, and junior welterweight in 2009.
Manny Pacquiao was born in Kibawe, Bukidnon, Philippines, and is the fourth of six children. When Pacquiao was a teenager, he left home and traveled to Manila in hopes of becoming a boxer. At age 16 in January 1995 is when he made his first professional debut as a junior flyweight. Pacquiao was raised in a Roman Catholic household and currently practices Evangelical Protestantism.
On May 10, 200 he married Jinkee Jamora. The couple has 5 children: Emmanuel Jr., Michael Stephen, Mary Divine Grace, Queen Elizabeth, and Israel. The family resides in General Santos City, South Cotabato, Philippines. Pacquiao graduated from the University of Makati on December 11, 2019 with a bachelor's degree in political science and major in local government administration.
Throughout his career, Pacquiao has had 71 total fights. Out of those fights, 62 of them have been wins, 2 draws, and 7 losses. Out of those wins, 39 of them have been from knockouts. And out of the wins, 12 of those have been for world titles. The world titles include ones from The Ring, WBA, WBC, WBA, and IBF. Pacquiao has also won the lineal championship in five different weight divisions.
Besides boxing, Manny Pacquiao has had a basketball career, political career, acted in movies, and has been an accomplished singer. He played for the Phillippine Basketball Association from 2014 until 2018. As for his political career, he first became a congressman in May 2010 and eventually moved on to become a senator. Pacquiao has also released his own album in 2006 called "Laban Nating Lahat Ito" and has been featured in a few movies.
In boxing history, no other boxer has won world titles in eight weight classes as Pacquiao has done. The eight divisions are flyweight, lightweight, junior featherweight, junior middleweight, junior welterweight, featherweight, junior lightweight, and welterweight. He turned professional at around 106 pounds in 1995 and eventually went up to weigh around 147 pounds. Fighting successfully while moving up weight classes can be difficult but Pacquiao managed to do so.
While facing many opponents during his career, one of Pacquiao's main rivals was Juan Manuel Marquez. They first encountered one another in 2004 and clashed and the result of the fight was a draw. Besides the first fight, they had 3 more in 2008, 2011, and 2012. In 2008 and 2011 Pacquiao won but in 2012 Marquez defeated Pacquiao.