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Manny Pacquiao
Manny Pacquiao.jpg
Real name Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao
Nickname(s) Pac-Man
Fighting Pride of the Philippines
The Mexicutioner
Pambansang Kamao
Rated at Light Welterweight
Height 5 ft 6.5 in (1.69 m)[1]
Nationality Philippines Filipino
Birth date December 17, 1978 (1978-12-17) (age 31)
Birth place Kibawe, Bukidnon, Philippines[2]
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 56
Wins 51
Wins by KO 38
Losses 3
Draws 2

Emmanuel "Manny" Dapidran Pacquiao (pronounced /ˈpækjaʊ/; born December 17, 1978) is a Filipino professional boxer. He is currently the WBO World welterweight champion, Ring Magazine light welterweight champion, and is rated by Ring Magazine as the number 1 pound-for-pound boxer in the world.

Pacquiao is also the former WBC World lightweight champion, WBC World super featherweight champion, IBF World super bantamweight champion, and WBC World flyweight champion. Furthermore, he is the former Ring Magazine featherweight and super featherweight champion.

Pacquiao is the first boxer in history to win seven world titles in seven different weight divisions.[3] In addition, he is the only boxer to win the lineal championship in four different weight classes.[4] Aside from being a boxer, Pacquiao has participated in politics, acting, and music recording.


Personal life

Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao was born on December 17, 1978 in Kibawe, Bukidnon, the son of Rosalio Pacquiao and Dionesia Pacquiao.[5] His parents separated when he was in sixth grade, after his mother discovered that his father was living with another woman.[5]

Pacquiao completed his elementary education at Saavedra Saway Elementary School in General Santos City, but dropped out of high school due to extreme poverty.[6] He left his home at age 14 because his mother, who had six children, was not making enough money to support her family.[6]

In February 2007 he took and passed a high school equivalency exam, making him a bonafide high school graduate and eligible for college education.[7] He currently resides in his home town General Santos City, South Cotabato, Philippines.[8] He is married to Jinkee Pacquiao,[9] and they have four children.[10]

He is also a military reservist with the rank of sergeant major.[11]

Boxing career

Light Flyweight and Flyweight

In 1995, the death of a young aspiring boxer and close friend Eugene Barutag spurred the young Pacquiao to pursue a professional boxing career.[12] Pacquiao started his professional boxing career when he was just 16 years of age and weighed 106 pounds (light flyweight). His early fights took place in small local venues and were shown on Vintage Sports' Blow by Blow, an evening boxing show. His professional debut was a four round bout against Edmund "Enting" Ignacio, on January 22, 1995, which Pacquiao won via decision, becoming an instant star of the program.

His weight increased from 106 to 113 pounds before losing in his 12th bout against Rustico Torrecampo via a third round knockout. Pacquiao had not made the weight, so he was forced to use heavier gloves than Torrecampo, thereby putting him at a disadvantage.[13]. Early in the third Pacquiao moved forwards into an overhand left from Torrecampo, flattening him instantly.

Shortly after the Torrecampo fight, Pacquiao settled at 112 pounds, winning the WBC World flyweight title (his first major boxing world title as well as the flyweight lineal title) over Chatchai Sasakul by way of knockout in the eighth round. However, Pacquiao lost the title in his second defense against Medgoen Singsurat, also known as Medgoen 3K Battery, via a third round knockout. The bout was held in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand. Singsurat got Pacquiao on the ropes and landed a flush straight right to the body coiling Pacquiao over and keeping him there. Technically, Pacquiao lost the belt at the scales, as he surpassed the weight limit of 112 pounds.

Super Bantamweight

Following his loss to Singsurat, Pacquiao gained weight anew. This time, Pacquiao went to the super bantamweight division of 122 pounds, where he picked up the WBC International super bantamweight title. He defended this title five times before his chance for a world title fight came.

Pacquiao's big break came on June 23, 2001, against former IBF World super bantamweight champion Lehlohonolo Ledwaba. Pacquiao stepped into the fight as a late replacement on two weeks' notice but won the fight by technical knockout to become the new IBF World super bantamweight champion (his second major boxing world title). The bout was held at the MGM Grand Las Vegas, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao went on to defend this title four times, aided by his expert training from Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Gym.


Pacquiao with his trainer Freddie Roach at Pacquiao's Christmas and birthday bash, Los Angeles, California

On November 15, 2003, Pacquiao faced Marco Antonio Barrera at the Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, in a fight that many consider to have defined his career. Pacquiao, who was moving up in weight and fighting at featherweight for the first time, brought his power with him and defeated Barrera via technical knockout in the eleventh round. Although this bout was not recognized as a title fight by any sanctioning bodies, after his victory Pacquiao was crowned Ring Magazine featherweight champion (as well as the lineal featherweight champion), and he held that title until relinquishing it in 2005.[14]

Six months after Pacquiao's win over Mexican legend Barrera, Pacquiao went on to challenge another highly respected Mexican boxer in Juan Manuel Márquez, who at the time held both the World Boxing Association (WBA) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) World featherweight titles. The fight took place at the MGM Grand Las Vegas, on May 8, 2004, and after twelve rounds the bout was scored a draw, which proved to be a controversial decision that outraged both camps.[15]

In the first round Márquez was caught cold, as he was knocked down three times by a more lively Pacquiao. However, Márquez showed great heart to recover from the early knockdowns, and went on to win the majority of rounds thereafter. This was largely due to Márquez's counterpunch style, which he managed to effectively utilize against the aggressive style of Pacquiao. At the end of a very close fight, the final scores were 115–110 for Márquez, 115–110 for Pacquiao, and 113–113.[15] One of the judges (who scored the bout 113–113) later admitted to making an error on the scorecards, because he had scored the first round as "10–7" in favor of Pacquiao instead of the standard "10–6" for a three-knockdown round.[15] Consequently, both parties felt they had done enough to win the fight.

Super Featherweight

On March 19, 2005, Pacquiao once again moved up in weight class, from 126 to 130 pounds, in order to fight another Mexican legend and three-division world champion Érik Morales. The fight took place at the MGM Grand Las Vegas. However, this time around, in his first fight at super featherweight, Pacquiao lost the twelve round match by a unanimous decision from the judges. All three scorecards read 115-113 for Morales.[16]

On September 10, 2005, Manny Pacquiao fought Héctor Velázquez at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. He knocked Velázquez out in six rounds to capture the WBC International super featherweight title, which he went on to defend five times. On the same day, his rival, Erik Morales, fought against Zahir Raheem. However, Morales fought a lackluster performance, losing to Raheem via unanimous decision.

The much anticipated rematch between Pacquiao and Morales happened on January 21, 2006, at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas. During the fight, Morales escaped being knocked down twice, once during the second round by holding onto the ropes, and once in the sixth round by falling on the referee's body. Pacquiao eventually knocked Morales out in the tenth round, which was the first time Morales had been knocked out in his boxing career.

On July 2, 2006, Pacquiao successfully defended his WBC International super featherweight title against Óscar Larios, a two-time super bantamweight champion, who had moved up two weight divisions in order to challenge Pacquiao. Pacquiao won the fight via unanimous decision, knocking down Larios two times during the twelve round bout, which was held at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Philippines. The three judges scored the fight at 117-110, 118-108, and 120-106, all in favor of Pacquiao.[17]

Pacquiao and Morales fought for a third time (with the series tied 1-1) on November 18, 2006. Witnessed by a near record crowd of 18,276, the match saw Pacquiao defeating Morales via a third round knockout at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.[18]

After the Pacquiao–Morales rubber match, Bob Arum, Pacquiao's main promoter, announced that Manny had returned his signing bonus check back to Golden Boy Promotions, signaling intentions to stay with Top Rank. This resulted in Golden Boy Promotions' decision to sue Pacquiao over contractual breaches.[19]

At the end of 2006, he was named by both HBO and Ring Magazine as the "Fighter of the Year", with HBO also naming him as the most exciting fighter of the year.[citation needed]

After a failed promotional negotiation with Marco Antonio Barrera's camp, Bob Arum chose Jorge Solís as Pacquiao's next opponent among several fighters that Arum offered him to fight as a replacement. The bout was held in San Antonio, Texas, on April 14, 2007. In the sixth round of the bout, an accidental headbutt occurred, giving Pacquiao a cut under his left eyebrow. The fight ended in the eighth round when Pacquiao knocked Solis down twice; Solis barely beat the count after the second knockdown, causing the referee to stop the fight and award Pacquiao the win via knockout. The victory raised Pacquiao's win–loss–draw record to 44–3–2, with 34 knockouts.

On June 29, 2007, it was announced that Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions agreed to settle their lawsuit, meaning the long-awaited rematch with Marco Antonio Barrera would occur despite Pacquiao being the number one contender for the super featherweight title of Juan Manuel Márquez. Pacquiao defeated Barrera in their rematch via an easy unanimous decision. In the eleventh round, Pacquiao's punch caused a deep cut below Barrera's right eye. Barrera retaliated with an illegal punch on the break that dazed Pacquiao but also caused the referee to deduct a point from Barrera. Two judges scored the bout 118–109, whereas the third scored it 115–112.[20]

Other events

In The Ring Magazine, Pacquiao (45–3–2) remained at the top of the super featherweight division (130 pounds). He had been in the ratings for 108 weeks. Pacquiao was also at number two in the pound-for-pound category behind former welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr.[21][22]

On November 13, 2007, he was honored by the WBC as Champ Emeritus during its 45th Annual World Convention held at the Manila Hotel.[23]

On November 20, 2007, José Nuñez, manager of WBO super featherweight champion Joan Guzmán, accused Pacquiao's handler Bob Arum of evading a match between the two boxers to protect Pacquiao.[24] Guzmán went as far as to directly call out Pacquiao at the postfight press conference of the Pacquiao–Barrera rematch in front of a stunned crowd at the Mandalay Bay Events Center's media room in Las Vegas.[25]

The 240 member House of Representatives of the Philippines, on August 7, 2008, issued a Resolution, sponsored by South Cotabato Rep. Darlene Antonino-Custodio, which recognized Pacquiao as "a people’s champ" — "for his achievements and in appreciation of the honor and inspiration he has been bringing... to the Filipino people." He received a plaque from Speaker Prospero Nograles.[26][27]

On July, 2008, it was announced that Pacquiao would be the flag bearer of the Philippines at the 2008 Summer Olympics.[28] He became the first Filipino Olympic non-participant to be Team Philippines’ flag-bearer during the August 8 opening ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics at the Beijing National Stadium. Swimmer Miguel Molina, 2005 Southeast Asian Games’ Best Male Athlete, yielded the honor to Pacquiao, upon Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's request to national sports officials on the Philippines at the 2008 Summer Olympics.[29]

Unfinished Business

On March 15, 2008, in a rematch against Juan Manuel Márquez called "Unfinished Business", Pacquiao won via a disputed split decision. The fight was held at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. With victory, Pacquiao won the WBC and Ring Magazine super featherweight belts (as well as the lineal junior lightweight title), making him the first Filipino to win three major world titles in three different weight divisions (Pacquiao was a former WBC flyweight champion and former IBF super bantamweight champion). However, with his Ring Magazine featherweight belt, Pacquiao had de facto won four world titles in four different weight classes at this point.

The fight was a close hard fought battle, during which both fighters received cuts.[30] Throughout the fight Márquez landed the most punches at a higher percentage; however, the decisive factor proved to be a third round knockdown, wherein Márquez was floored by a Pacquiao left hook.[30] At the end of the fight, the judges' scores were 115-112 for Pacquiao, 115-112 for Márquez, and 114-113 for Pacquiao.[30]

In the post-fight press conference, Márquez’s camp called for an immediate rematch. In addition, Richard Schaefer, Golden Boy Promotions CEO, offered a 6 million dollar guarantee to Pacquiao for a rematch.[31] However, Pacquiao ruled out a third clash with Márquez, stating: "I don't think so. This business is over."[30] The reason that Pacquiao did not want a rematch was because he intended to move up to the lightweight division, in order to challenge David Díaz, the reigning WBC World lightweight champion at that time.[30] Díaz won the majority decision over Ramón Montano that night as an undercard of the "Unfinished Business" fight.


On June 28, 2008, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Pacquiao defeated David Díaz via ninth round knockout, to become the WBC World lightweight champion. With the victory, Pacquiao became the only Filipino and Asian boxer to win five world titles in five different weight classes,[32] and also became the first Filipino fighter to ever win a world title at lightweight.[33] During the fight, which Pacquiao dominated, Díaz was cut badly on his right eye in the fourth round.[34] After the bout, Díaz acknowledged Pacquiao's superior hand speed, stating: "It was his speed. It was all his speed. I could see the punches perfectly, but he was just too fast."[35]

Bob Arum reported that the fight had made 12.5 million dollars (250,000 pay-per-view subscriptions at $49.95 each),[citation needed] earning Díaz his best payday of 850,000 dollars, whilst Pacquiao earned at least 3 million dollars.[32] Official records revealed an attendance of 8,362 (out of a maximum capacity of 12,000).[36]

Holding both the WBC super featherweight and lightweight titles following the win, Pacquiao decided to vacate his super featherweight title in July 2008.[37]


On December 6, 2008, Pacquiao moved up to the welterweight division, in order to face six-division world champion Oscar De La Hoya at the MGM Grand Las Vegas, in a fight called "The Dream Match". Presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank, the bout was scheduled as a twelve round, non-title fight contested at the 147 pound welterweight limit. Although Pacquiao went into the fight widely recognized as the leading pound-for-pound boxer in the world, some boxing pundits had speculated that 147 pounds could be too far above his natural weight against the larger De La Hoya.[38] However, Pacquiao proved the critics wrong and dominated the fight, and after eight rounds De La Hoya's corner was forced to throw in the towel, awarding Pacquiao the win via technical knockout.[39]

Pacquiao was ahead on all three judges' scorecards before the stoppage, with two judges scoring the fight at 80-71 and one scoring it at 79-72.[40] Moreover, Pacquiao landed 224 out of 585 punches, whilst De La Hoya landed only 83 out of 402 punches.[40] After the bout, trainer Freddie Roach stated: "We knew we had him after the first round. He had no legs, he was hesitant and he was shot."[41] The fight would be De La Hoya's last, as he announced his retirement from boxing shortly after.[42]

Pacquiao received 15 to 30 million dollars (share of the pay-per-view), plus a guaranteed amount.[43] Tickets reportedly sold out just hours after they went on sale. Moreover, the total gate revenue for the fight was said to be nearly 17 million dollars, making it the second largest gate revenue in boxing history.[44]

Light Welterweight

On May 2, 2009, Pacquiao fought at light welterweight for the first time against Ricky Hatton at the MGM Grand Las Vegas, in a fight billed as "The Battle of the East and West". Pacquiao won the bout via knockout to claim the IBO and Ring Magazine light welterweight titles (as well as the lineal light welterweight title).

The fight was originally placed in jeopardy due to disputes with both camps over the fight purse money.[45] Eventually, the money issue was settled and the fight went on as scheduled. HBO aired the contest.[46]

Pacquiao started the fight strong, knocking down a sluggish Hatton twice in the first round.[47] A somewhat shaken Hatton beat the count, only to be saved by the bell seconds later. In the second round Hatton seemed to have recovered, as he stalked Pacquiao for most of the round. However, with less than ten seconds remaining in the second round, Hatton was knocked out cold by a sharp left hook, prompting the referee to award Pacquiao the win by knockout (at 2:59 of the round).[48]

Return to Welterweight

On November 14, 2009, Pacquiao defeated Miguel Cotto via technical knockout in the twelfth round, at the MGM Grand Las Vegas, in a fight billed as "Firepower". Although the bout was sanctioned as a world title fight in the welterweight division, where the weight limit is 147 pounds, Cotto agreed to fight at a catchweight of 145 pounds.[49]

Pacquiao dominated the fight, knocking Cotto down in round three and round four, before the referee stopped the fight at 0:55 of round twelve.[50] With this victory, Pacquiao took the WBO World welterweight title, to become the first fighter in boxing history to win seven world titles in seven different weight divisions.[3] Pacquiao also won the special WBC Diamond Belt.[51] After the fight, promoter Bob Arum stated: "Pacquiao is the greatest boxer I've ever seen, and I've seen them all, including Ali, Hagler and Sugar Ray Leonard."[52]

The fight generated 1.25 million buys and $70 million in domestic pay-per-view revenue, making it the most watched boxing event of 2009.[53] Pacquiao earned around $22 million for his part in the fight, whilst Cotto earned around $12 million.[53] Pacquiao–Cotto also generated a live gate of $8,847,550 from an official crowd of 15,930.[53]

Following Pacquiao's victory against Cotto, there was much public demand for a fight between Pacquiao (the number 1 pound-for-pound boxer) and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (the number 2 pound-for-pound boxer). Pacquiao reportedly agreed to fight Mayweather on March 13, 2010, for a split of $50 million up front.[54] And it was later agreed that the venue for the fight would be the MGM Grand Las Vegas. However, the bout was put in jeopardy due to disagreements about Olympic-style drug testing. The Mayweather camp wanted random blood testing by the United States Anti-Doping Agency,[55] whereas Pacquiao refused to have any blood testing within 30 days from the fight, because he thought it would weaken him, but he was willing to have blood taken from him before the 30-day window as well as immediately after the fight.[56] Freddie Roach, on the other hand, commented that he would allow blood to be taken from Pacquiao one week before the fight.[57][58] In an attempt to resolve their differences, the two camps went through a process of mediation before a retired judge. After the mediation process Mayweather agreed to a 14-day no blood testing window, however, Pacquiao refused and instead only agreed to a 24-day no blood testing window.[59] Consequently, on January 7, 2010, Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum declared that the fight was officially off.[60]

As a result of Pacquiao's reluctance to submit to random blood testing, which is not required by the rules of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, some people questioned whether he was using performance-enhancing drugs. The Mayweather camp had repeatedly suggested Pacquiao was using banned substances throughout the negotiations, which resulted in Pacquiao filing a lawsuit for defamation, seeking damages in excess of 75,000 dollars.[61] The lawsuit cited accusations made by Mayweather, Floyd Mayweather Sr, Roger Mayweather, Oscar De La Hoya, and Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer.[61][62] The lawsuit claimed that the damaging and unfounded accusations were made out of "ill-will, spite, malice, revenge, and envy."[62] Pacquiao stated: "I maintain and assure everyone that I have not used any form or kind of steroids and that my way to the top is a result of hard work, hard work, hard work and a lot of blood spilled from my past battles in the ring, not outside of it."[62]

After negotiations for the Mayweather fight fell through, other boxers were considered to replace Mayweather as the next opponent for Pacquiao, including former light welterweight champion Paul Malignaggi[63] and current WBA super welterweight champion Yuri Foreman.[64] However, Pacquiao chose to fight Joshua Clottey instead, a tough boxer from Ghana and the former IBF welterweight champion. The Pacquiao–Clottey fight was held on March 13, 2010, at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, outside the city of Dallas, Texas, with Pacquiao's WBO welterweight belt at stake.[65] Pacquiao won the fight by unanimous decision.[66]

Political career

In July 2006, Pacquiao went to the Commission on Elections office to file for official transfer of his residency from General Santos City to Manila, where he owns a condominium unit.[67] Pacquiao was accompanied by Ali Atienza, son of Manila Mayor Lito Atienza, fueling speculation that he planned to run for vice mayor of Manila.[67] When asked about his political plans, he said he was still undecided, and was concentrating on his boxing career.[67]

On February 12, 2007, Pacquiao officially announced that he would be running for a seat in the House of Representatives in the May 2007 legislative election as a candidate of the Liberal Party, aiming to represent the 1st District of South Cotabato.[68] Pacquiao, who has been known to be supportive of the administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, said that he was persuaded to run by local officials of General Santos City, who hoped he would act as a bridge between their interests and the national government.[68] Pacquiao was defeated in the election by incumbent Rep. Darlene Antonino-Custodio, who said "More than anything, I think, people weren't prepared to lose him as their boxing icon".[69]

In September 2008, Pacquiao was sworn in as member of Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino (Kampi), a pro-administration political party.

Pacquiao is running for the congressional seat to help the poor like himself of Sarangani province against the founder's scoin of that province in the 2010 Philippine general election. Pacquiao originally planned to run for congress under his own party the People's Champ Movement, however, he has since joined the Nacionalista Party headed by Manny Villar. Villar said arrangements would be made to accommodate Pacquiao’s People’s Champ Movement in a coalition with the Nacionalista Party for the May 2010 local elections in Sarangani.[70]

In popular culture

A film based on Pacquiao's life, Pacquiao: The Movie, was released on June 21, 2006, featuring Filipino actor Jericho Rosales as Manny Pacquiao and was directed by Joel Lamangan.[71] The film flopped at the box office, grossing a total of only P4,812,191 (approximately US$99,322), as confirmed by Lamangan. In 2008, Pacquiao starred with Ara Mina and Valerie Concepcion in his latest action movie titled "Anak ng Kumander". The movie was not a commercial success and was panned by critics.

Pacquiao starred in the superhero/comedy film entitled Wapakman, which was released on December 25, 2009 as an entry to the 2009 Metro Manila Film Festival.[72]

Pacquiao is featured in the boxing video games Fight Night Round 2, Fight Night Round 3 and Fight Night Round 4. EA Sports released a limited edition demo of Fight Night Round 4, featuring Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton prior to their May 2 fight.[73]

He became the first Filipino athlete to appear on a postage stamp.[74]

With his popularity, various business sectors have solicited Manny Pacquiao's help in endorsing their products through commercial advertisements in print and in broadcast media. These include detergents, medicines, foods, garments, telecommunications, and even a political ad for Chavit Singson during the May 14, 2007, elections. His most acclaimed commercials yet were for Nike's "Fast Forward" campaign (along side Kobe Bryant, Maria Sharapova, Roger Federer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Liu Xiang)[75] and for San Miguel Beer with Jet Li[76] and Érik Morales[77].

Manny Pacquiao gracing the TIME Asia Magazine Cover.

On April 12, 2007, the COMELEC canceled his commercial appearances in accordance with existing Philippine election laws. Airing of the commercials resumed after the elections.

Upon the expiration of his contract with ABS-CBN, he signed up with GMA Network as an actor on September 2007. On December 17, 2007, after finishing a movie, Pacquiao went to the GMA Network to tape his first episode of Pinoy Records.[78]

Pacquiao briefly starred for the TV series by GMA, Carlo J. Caparas' Totoy Bato, alongside fellow actors Robin Padilla and Regine Velasquez. It was first aired in February 2009.

Pacquiao and American actor Sylvester Stallone are in plans of doing a movie. Stallone has stated interest in doing a movie with Pacquiao, who he said will be his co-star in the movie. Stallone, being a Pacquiao fan, showed interest. If the script passes and both sides agree, the film will be Pacquiao's big break to the American audience and American main stream. Plans were only confirmed and interest, thus the script is in works and confirmation as well of both sides agreements of the plot and characters are still not confirmed.[79]

Pacquiao has been included by Time Magazine as one of the world's most influential people for the year 2009, for his exploits in boxing and his influence among the Filipino people.[80] Pacquiao was also included by Forbes Magazine in its annual Celebrity 100 list for the year 2009, joining Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie and fellow athletes Tiger Woods and Bryant.[81] Forbes also listed Pacquiao as the world's sixth highest-paid athlete, with a total of $40 million from the second half of 2008 to the first half of 2009. The athletes who ranked ahead of Pacquiao were Woods at number 1 spot ($110 million); Bryant, basketball legend Michael Jordan, and Formula One star Kimi Räikkönen sharing the number 2 rank ($45 million each); and football superstar David Beckham at number 5 ($42 million).[82] Pacquiao had also won the 2009 ESPY Awards for the Best Fighter category, beating fellow boxer Shane Mosley and Brazilian mixed martial arts fighter Lyoto Machida.[83]

Pacquiao has also graced the cover of Time Magazine Asia for their November 16, 2009 issue. According to their five-page feature story, "(Pacquiao is) a fighter with enough charisma, intelligence and backstory to help rescue a sport lost in the labyrinth of pay-per-view. Global brands like Nike want him in their ads." They also added, "Pacquiao has a myth of origin equal to that of any Greek or Roman hero. He leaves the Philippines to make it even bigger, conquering the world again and again to bring back riches to his family and friends."[84][85] He became the sixth Filipino to grace the cover of the prestigious magazine, after former Philippine presidents Manuel Quezon, Ramon Magsaysay, Ferdinand Marcos and Corazon Aquino, and Filipino actress and environmentalist Chin Chin Gutierrez. Pacquiao was also featured on the cover of Reader’s Digest Asia, where a seven-page story was written about the Filipino boxing superstar. The issue came out before Pacquiao’s epic match against De La Hoya on November 2008.

Professional boxing record

51 Wins (38 knockouts, 13 decisions), 3 Defeats (2 by knockout, 1 by decision), 2 Draws [1]
Res. Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Win Ghana Joshua Clottey Decision (unan.) 12 (12) 2010-03-13 United States Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, United States Retained WBO Welterweight title.
Win Puerto Rico Miguel Cotto TKO 12 (12), 0:55 2009-11-14 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, United States Won WBO Welterweight Title and WBC Diamond Belt.
Win United Kingdom Ricky Hatton KO 2 (12), 2:59 2009-05-02 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, United States Won IBO and Ring Magazine World Light Welterweight Titles.
Win United States Oscar De La Hoya TKO 8 (12), 3:00 2008-12-06 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, United States A non-title fight, fought at Welterweight.
Win United States David Díaz TKO 9 (12), 2:24 2008-06-28 United States Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, United States Won WBC World Lightweight Title.
Win Mexico Juan Manuel Márquez Decision (split) 12 (12) 2008-03-15 United States Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, United States Won WBC and vacant Ring Magazine World Super Featherweight Title.
Win Mexico Marco Antonio Barrera Decision (unan.) 12 (12) 2007-10-06 United States Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, United States Retained WBC International Super Featherweight Title.
Win Mexico Jorge Solís KO 8 (12), 1:16 2007-04-14 United States Alamodome, San Antonio, United States Retained WBC International Super Featherweight Title.
Win Mexico Érik Morales KO 3 (12), 2:57 2006-11-18 United States Thomas and Mack Center, Las Vegas, United States Retained WBC International Super Featherweight Title.
Win Mexico Óscar Larios Decision (unan.) 12 (12) 2006-07-02 Philippines Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Philippines Retained WBC International Super Featherweight Title.
Win Mexico Érik Morales TKO 10 (12), 2:33 2006-01-21 United States Thomas and Mack Center, Las Vegas, United States Retained WBC International Super Featherweight Title.
Win Mexico Héctor Velázquez TKO 6 (12), 2:59 2005-09-10 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, United States Won vacant WBC International Super Featherweight Title.
Loss Mexico Érik Morales Decision (unan.) 12 (12) 2005-03-19 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, United States WBC International Super Featherweight Title on the line.
Win Thailand Fahsan Por Thawatchai TKO 4 (12), 1:26 2004-12-11 Philippines Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Philippines
Draw Mexico Juan Manuel Márquez Draw 12 (12) 2004-05-08 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, United States WBA and IBF World Featherweight Titles on the line.
Win Mexico Marco Antonio Barrera TKO 11 (12), 2:56 2003-11-15 United States Alamodome, San Antonio, United States Won Ring Magazine World Featherweight Title.
Win Mexico Emmanuel Lucero KO 3 (12), 0:48 2003-07-26 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, United States Retained IBF World Super Bantamweight Title.
Win Kazakhstan Serikzhan Yeshmagambetov TKO 5 (10), 1:52 2003-03-15 Philippines Rizal Park, Manila, Philippines
Win Thailand Fahprakorb Rakkiatgym KO 1 (12), 2:46 2002-10-26 Philippines Rizal Memorial College Gym, Davao City, Philippines Retained IBF World Super Bantamweight Title.
Win Colombia Jorge Eliecer Julio TKO 2 (12), 1:09 2002-06-08 United States The Pyramid, Memphis, United States Retained IBF World Super Bantamweight Title.
Draw Dominican Republic Agapito Sánchez Technical Draw 6 (12), 1:12 2001-11-10 United States Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, United States WBO and IBF World Super Bantamweight Titles on the line.
Win South Africa Lehlohonolo Ledwaba TKO 6 (12), 0:59 2001-06-23 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, United States Won IBF World Super Bantamweight Title.
Win Thailand Wethya Sakmuangklang TKO 6 (12) 2001-04-28 Philippines Kidapawan City, Cotabato, Philippines Retained WBC International Super Bantamweight Title.
Win Japan Tetsutora Senrima TKO 5 (12) 2001-02-24 Philippines Manila, Philippines Retained WBC International Super Bantamweight Title.
Win Australia Nedal Hussein TKO 10 (12), 1:48 2000-10-14 Philippines Ynares Center, Antipolo City, Philippines Retained WBC International Super Bantamweight Title.
Win South Korea Seung-Kon Chae TKO 1 (12), 1:42 2000-06-28 Philippines Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Philippines Retained WBC International Super Bantamweight Title.
Win Philippines Arnel Barotillo KO 4 (12) 2000-03-04 Philippines Ninoy Aquino Stadium, Manila, Philippines Retained WBC International Super Bantamweight Title.
Win Philippines Reynante Jamili KO 2 (12) 1999-12-18 Philippines Elorde Sports Complex, Parañaque City, Philippines Won WBC International Super Bantamweight Title.
Loss Thailand Medgoen Singsurat KO 3 (12) 1999-09-17 Thailand Pakpanag Metropolitan Stadium, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand Lost WBC World Flyweight title.
Win Mexico Gabriel Mira TKO 4 (12), 2:45 1999-04-24 Philippines Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Philippines Retained WBC World Flyweight Title.
Win Australia Todd Makelim TKO 3 (10) 1999-02-20 Philippines Kidapawan City, Cotabato, Philippines
Win Thailand Chatchai Sasakul KO 8 (12) 1998-12-04 Thailand Tonsuk College Ground, Phutthamonthon, Thailand Won WBC World Flyweight Title.
Win Japan Shin Terao TKO 1 (10) 1998-05-18 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Win Thailand Panomdej Ohyuthanakorn KO 1 (12) 1997-12-06 Philippines South Cotabato Stadium, Koronadal City, South Cotabato, Philippines Retained OPBF Flyweight Title.
Win Philippines Melvin Magramo Decision 10 (10) 1997-09-13 Philippines Cebu City, Philippines
Win Thailand Chokchai Chockvivat KO 5 (12) 1997-06-26 Philippines Mandaluyong City, Philippines Won OPBF Flyweight Title.
Win Philippines Ariel Austria TKO 6 1997-05-30 Philippines Almendras Gym, Davao City, Philippines
Win South Korea Wook-Ki Lee KO 1 (10), 1:04 1997-04-24 Philippines Makati City, Philippines
Win Philippines Mike Luna KO 1 (10) 1997-03-03 Philippines Muntinlupa City, Philippines
Win South Korea Sung-Yul Lee TKO 2 1996-12-28 Philippines Muntinlupa City, Philippines
Win Indonesia Ippo Gala TKO 2 1996-07-27 Philippines Mandaluyong City, Philippines
Win Philippines Bert Batiller TKO 4 1996-06-15 Philippines Mandaluyong City, Philippines
Win Philippines John Medina TKO 4 1996-05-05 Philippines Manila, Philippines
Win Philippines Marlon Carillo Decision 10 (10) 1996-04-27 Philippines Manila, Philippines
Loss Philippines Rustico Torrecampo KO 3 1996-02-09 Philippines Mandaluyong City, Philippines
Win Philippines Lito Torrejos Decision (5) 1996-01-13 Philippines Parañaque City, Philippines
Win Philippines Rolando Toyogon Decision 10 (10) 1995-12-09 Philippines Manila, Philippines
Win Philippines Rudolfo Fernandez TKO 3 (10) 1995-11-11 Philippines Mandaluyong City, Philippines
Win Philippines Renato Mendones TKO 2 (8) 1995-10-21 Philippines Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Philippines
Win Philippines Lolito Laroa Decision 8 (8) 1995-10-07 Philippines Makati City, Philippines
Win Philippines Armando Rocil KO 3 1995-09-16 Philippines Mandaluyong City, Philippines
Win Philippines Acasio Simbajon Decision (unan.) 6 (6) 1995-08-03 Philippines Mandaluyong City, Philippines
Win Philippines Dele Decierto TKO 2 1995-07-01 Philippines Mandaluyong City, Philippines
Win Philippines Rocky Palma Decision 6 (6) 1995-05-01 Philippines Montano Hall, Cavite City, Philippines
Win Philippines Pinoy Montejo Decision 4 (4) 1995-03-18 Philippines Mindoro Occidental, Philippines
Win Philippines Edmund Enting Ignacio Decision 4 (4) 1995-01-22 Philippines Mindoro Occidental, Philippines



  • WBC World flyweight champion
  • IBF World super bantamweight champion
  • WBC World super featherweight champion
  • WBC World lightweight champion
  • WBO World welterweight champion


  • IBO World light welterweight champion


  • OPBF flyweight champion
  • WBC International super bantamweight champion
  • WBC International super featherweight champion

The Ring Magazine titles:

  • World featherweight champion
  • World super featherweight champion
  • World light welterweight champion

Lineal Championship titles:

  • World flyweight champion
  • World featherweight champion
  • World junior lightweight champion
  • World junior welterweight champion


See also


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  2. ^ "Manny Pacquiao". Retrieved 2007-09-04. 
  3. ^ a b David Dizon (2009-11-15). "Pacquiao wins 7th world title". ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs. Retrieved 15 March 2010. 
  4. ^ Bryan Armen Graham (2009-05-04). "Beatdown of Hatton lifts Pacquiao into pantheon of all-time greats". CNN Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 15 March 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Robbie Pangilinan (2009-11-09). "Manny Pacquiao's Mom and Dad Reunited?". Doghouse Boxing. Retrieved 15 March 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Howard Chua-Eoan and Ishaan Tharoor (2009-11-16). "The Meaning and Mythos of Manny Pacquiao". [[Time (magazine)|]].,9171,1935091,00.html. Retrieved 15 March 2010. 
  7. ^ Jerry E. Esplanada (2007-02-22). "Pacquiao ‘graduates’ from high school". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 15 March 2010. 
  8. ^, Profile and Bio
  9. ^, Manny Pacquiao has a baby girl!
  10. ^, Boxer Manny Pacquiao welcomes baby girl
  11. ^, Pacquiao aiming to conquer political ring
  12. ^, After 'bittersweet' victory, Pacman rules violent sport
  13. ^ Rivers, Jeff (23 July 2008). "Manny Pacquiao: Conquering the Boxing World". The Scores Report. Retrieved 2008-09-26. 
  14. ^ Lagumbay, Salven L. (19 June 2005). "Pacquiao relinquishes Ring Magazine title". Retrieved 2009-01-11. 
  15. ^ a b c, Marquez, Pacquiao brawl to draw
  16. ^ Manny Pacquiao vs. Erik Morales (1st meeting) -
  17. ^ "Manny: This is all for you". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 3 July 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-03-09. 
  18. ^ "Pacquiao destroys Morales!". 19 November 2006. Retrieved 2007-09-04. 
  19. ^ Danseco, Rey. "Golden Boy to sue PacMan; Filipino ring idol No. 2 pound-for-pound". ABS-CBN Interactive. Retrieved 2007-09-04. 
  20. ^, Pacquiao rolls past Barrera in rematch
  21. ^ "Ratings and championship policy". The Bible of Boxing (The Ring). Retrieved 2007-09-04. 
  22. ^ "Donaire, Condes make it to Ring Magazine ratings". GMANews.TV. 13 July 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-04. 
  23. ^ Reyes, Marc Anthony (13 November 2007). "WBC honors Pacquiao as ‘Champ Emeritus’". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2007-11-13. 
  24. ^ Boxing News – 24 hours/day – Reload often!
  25. ^ "Guzman beats Soto, wants Pacquiao next". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 19 November 2007. Retrieved 2009-01-11. 
  26. ^, Congress, ex-rival honor Pacquiao
  27. ^ "Pacquiao declared 'people’s champ,' envoy to Games". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 7 August 2008. 
  28. ^ "Boxing icon to carry Philippine flag for Beijing Olympics". Xinhua News Agency. 4 July 2008. 
  29. ^ "Pacquiao records another first". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 9 August 2008. 
  30. ^ a b c d e "Pacquiao wins epic Marquez clash". BBC Sport. 16 March 2008. 
  31. ^ "Pacman offered $6-M for Marquez rematch". Manila Mail. 30 March 2008. 
  32. ^ a b Rafael, Dan (29 June 2008). "All hail the new king". ESPN. 
  33. ^, Pacquiao solidifies position as Pound-for-Pound #1
  34. ^ Natividad, Ivan (2 July 2008). "Manny Pacquiao WBC Lightweight Title Coverage". AsianWeek. 
  35. ^ "Pacquiao KOs Diaz in ninth, wins WBC lightweight crown". USA Today. 29 June 2008. 
  36. ^, Pacquiao-Diaz: Post Fight Press Conference
  37. ^, Pacquiao to stay at 135!
  38. ^ McGuigan, Barry (30 August 2008). "This little and large freak show makes me feel queasy". Daily Mirror. 
  39. ^ "Pacquiao TKOs De La Hoya". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 7 December 2008. 
  40. ^ a b "Pacquiao dominated match with De La Hoya". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 7 December 2008. 
  41. ^ "De La Hoya fails to answer bell in welterweight match". Daily Mail. 7 December 2008. 
  42. ^, Oscar De La Hoya announces retirement from boxing
  43. ^ "Longest training for Pacquiao's 'greatest fight'". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 30 August 2008. 
  44. ^, Sales from De La Hoya-Pacquiao produce boxing's second-biggest gate
  45. ^ Davies, Gareth (21 January 2009). "Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton superfight 'off' as Filipino refuses deal". The Daily Telegraph. 
  46. ^, HBO bests Showtime in bid for bout
  47. ^ Natividad, Ivan (2 May 2009). "Pacquiao Vs Hatton by the Round Coverage". AsianWeek. 
  48. ^ "Pacquiao Knocks Out Hatton in Title Bout". The New York Times. Associated Press. 3 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  49. ^ "Pacquiao-Cotto duel whets fight fans’ appetite for action". GMANews.TV. 22 July 2009. 
  50. ^ Willis, George (15 November 2009). "Pacquiao bloodies Cotto to affirm dominance". New York Post. 
  51. ^ Leprozo, Dave (18 November 2009). "Pacquiao win inspires Baguio City’s young boxers". GMANews.TV. 
  52. ^ Davies, Gareth (16 November 2009). "Manny Pacquiao fight would be easy, says Floyd Mayweather". The Daily Telegraph. 
  53. ^ a b c, Pacquiao-Cotto tops Mayweather in PPV
  54. ^ Mitchell, Kevin (4 December 2009). "Manny Pacquiao lines up $50m feast of a fight with Floyd Mayweather". The Guardian. 
  55. ^ GMANews.TV, Bob Arum calls Pacquiao-Mayweather fight dead
  56. ^ "Pacquiao firm on 30-day blood test limit". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 27 December 2009. 
  57. ^ "Mayweather, Pacquiao camps argue drug-testing points". Los Angeles Times. 22 December 2009. 
  58. ^ GMANews.TV, Promoter says Pacquiao-Mayweather likely off
  59. ^ Velin, Bob (1 January 2010). "Mayweather blames Pacquiao for failure to work out deal". USA Today. 
  60. ^ Rafael, Dan (1 January 2010). "Arum: 'The fight's off'". ESPN. 
  61. ^ a b "Pacquiao sues Mayweather for defamation". Yahoo! News. 30 December 2009. 
  62. ^ a b c "Manny Pacquiao issues Floyd Mayweather Jr with lawsuit". BBC Sport. 31 December 2009. 
  63. ^, Pacquiao-Malignaggi match could stop superfight
  64. ^, Pacquiao could face Yuri Foreman next
  65. ^, Manny Pacquiao-Joshua Clottey bout set for Cowboys Stadium
  66. ^ "Pacquiao scores unanimous decision over Clottey". 03-14-2010. 
  67. ^ a b c Abac Cordero (2006-08-07). "Pacquiao undecided on political career". Philippine Star. Retrieved 13 March 2010. 
  68. ^ a b Marichu Villanueva (2007-02-13). "Pacquiao to run for Congress". Philippine Star. Retrieved 13 March 2010. 
  69. ^ "Pacquiao concedes defeat in run for Congress". Philippine Star. 2007-21-05. Retrieved 13 March 2010. 
  70. ^, Villar picks Pacquiao as NP bet in Sarangani
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  72. ^ Manila Bulletin - Panday, Wapakman May Be Banned from the Metro Film Fest
  73. ^ – Pacquiao vs. Hatton Gameplay Demo for Fight Night Round 4
  74. ^ Boxing champ Pacquiao to appear on RP postage stamp, 05/03/2008
  75. ^ KOBE BRYANT and other NIKE SUPERSTARS Commercial –
  76. ^ Jet Li for San Miguel Beer commercial –
  77. ^ San Miguel Beer Commercial With Pacquiao And Erik Morales –
  78. ^, iGMA discovers Manny Pacquiao's Achilles heel
  79. ^, Coming soon: Pacman and Rocky
  80. ^ 2009 TIME 100 Most Influential People –
  81. ^ 2009 Celebrity 100 List
  82. ^ The World's Highest-Paid Athletes (2009) –
  83. ^ Pacquiao is 2009 ESPY Awards' Best Fighter –
  84. ^ Pacquiao is 2009 ESPY Awards' Best Fighter –
  85. ^ The Meaning and Mythos of Manny Pacquiao –
  86. ^ Manny Pacquiao wins BWAA fighter of the year and fighter of the decade
  87. ^ PSA names Pacquiao athlete of the decade -
  88. ^ HBO: Boxing: Fighter of the Decade
  89. ^ TSS Fighter of the Decade article
  90. ^ No Surprise: Pacquiao Fighter of the Year –
  91. ^ Manny Pacquiao wins BWAA fighter of the year and fighter of the decade
  92. ^ SecondsOut Fighter Of The Year: Manny Pacquiao
  93. ^, Pacquiao receives UAAP Sports Excellence award
  94. ^'s 2008 Year-End Awards Part II
  95. ^ BoxingScene's 2009 Fighter of the Year: Manny Pacquiao
  96. ^,'s 2008 Boxing Awards
  97. ^, Pacquiao as 2008 TSS Boxer of the Year
  98. ^, Pacman Is The TSS Fighter of the Year and the Decade
  99. ^, WBC names Pacquiao ‘World Boxer of the Year’
  100. ^, Manny Pacquiao named Fighter of the Year by WBC
  101. ^, Meet the Fighter of the Year
  102. ^, Pacquiao named ESPN STAR Sports’ Champion of Champions
  103. ^ Dan Rafael: Pacquiao is Fighter of the Year -
  104. ^ Pacquiao wins 2009 Knockout of the Year -
  105. ^ Lakers, LeBron among 2009 ESPY winners –
  106. ^ Manny Pacquiao in 2009 TIME 100 –
  107. ^ Pacquiao on Time Asia Magazine
  108. ^ Manny Pacquiao in 2009 Celebrity 100 –
  109. ^ Manny Pacquiao is's Fighter of the Year for 2009
  110. ^ Pacquiao named "the Greatest Featherweight -
  111. ^ Pacquiao named "2nd Greatest Boxer" -

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Preceded by
Ricky Hatton
Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year
Succeeded by
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Preceded by
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year
2008, 2009
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Chatchai Sasakul
WBC Flyweight Champion
December 4, 1998 – September 17, 1999
Succeeded by
Medgoen Singsurat
Preceded by
Lehlohonolo Ledwaba
IBF Super Bantamweight Champion
June 23, 2001 – July 26, 2003
Title next held by
Israel Vázquez
Preceded by
Marco Antonio Barrera
Ring Magazine Featherweight Champion
November 15, 2003 – March 19, 2005
Title last held by
Brian Mitchell
Ring Magazine Super Featherweight Champion
March 15, 2008 – July 16, 2008
Preceded by
Juan Manuel Márquez
WBC Super Featherweight Champion
March 15, 2008 – July 16, 2008
Title next held by
Humberto Soto
Preceded by
David Díaz
WBC Lightweight Champion
June 28, 2008 – February 24, 2009
Title next held by
Edwin Valero
Preceded by
Ricky Hatton
IBO Light Welterweight Champion
May 2, 2009 – Present
Ring Magazine Light Welterweight Champion
May 2, 2009 – Present
Preceded by
Miguel Ángel Cotto
WBO Welterweight Champion
November 14, 2009 – Present


Up to date as of January 14, 2010

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Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao (born December 17, 1978, in Kibawe, Bukidnon, Mindanao, Philippines) is a Filipino professional boxer and reigning WBC International Super Featherweight champion.


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