Manny Pacquiao, born on December 17, 1978, started his career as a boxer at the age of 12 and has become a force to reckon with in the field of boxing. He found massive success in his boxing career with a total of 62 victories and is presently running for the office of president of the Philippines. We will help you celebrate his special day right here.
Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao
December 17, 1978
Manny Pacquiao has become a household name in the field of boxing, and his attractive personality and resilience have won the hearts of millions around the world. He has become an amazing role model to many, having overcome many hardships during his career. Pacquiao was born on December 17, 1978, in Kibawe, Bukidnon, but raised in General Santos, Philippines. He has Filipino ethnicity, his parents are Dionisia Mejia Dapidran and Rosalio Laraga Pacquiao. He was raised with his brother, Bobby Pacquiao, also a professional boxer and public figure, along with five other siblings.
At the age of 12 in 1990, his uncle introduced him to boxing. He began boxing in General Santos and eventually began competing against other higher-ranked boxers. He was named the greatest junior boxer in the South Philippines at the age of 15. He later moved to Manila to make his professional debut as a junior flyweight in early January 1996. When Pacquiao was 19, he emerged the winner of the flyweight title, his first major title.
He presently holds six Guinness book world records. He has won most world titles in boxing in different weight divisions. He became the first Olympic non-participant to be the flag bearer of the Philippines’ national team in 2008. In 2007, Manny began campaigning for a seat in the Philippines House of Representatives but lost the elections to incumbent Rep. Darlene Antonino-Custodio. Later in May 2010, Pacquiao contested again and was elected to the House of Representatives in the 15th congress of the Philippines. He was reelected in 2013. On May 19, 2016, Pacquiao won the senatorial elections against the incumbent Senator Robert Jaworski as he amassed over 16 million votes. In December 2020, he assumed office as the acting president of PDP-Laban, when the incumbent president Koko Pimentel resigned. In May 2021, Pacquiao filed the bill to create a Philippine Boxing and Combat Sports Commission. However, it was criticized by Senator Pia Cayetano, as it was during the COVID-19 pandemic. On September 29, 2021, Pacquiao announced his resignation from boxing to focus on his political career in a post on social media. Pacquiao and Jinkee got married on May 10, 1993. They have five children.
He is introduced to boxing by his maternal uncle and eventually begins competing against high-ranking boxers.
He emerges the winner of the flyweight title, his first major win.
He is the first Olympic non-participant to be the flag bearer for the Philippines' national team.
Pacquiao is elected to the House of Representatives in the 15th congress of the Philippines.
He wins the senatorial elections against the incumbent Senator Robert Jaworski, amassing over 16 million votes.
He assumes office as the acting president of PDP-Laban when the incumbent president Koko Pimentel resigns.
Why We Love Manny Pacquiao
He is a Catholic
Pacquiao was raised in a Catholic home. He still preaches and practices Evangelical Protestantism.
He is a fan of basketball
Pacquiao is very passionate about basketball. In fact, in 2014, he announced his intention to be a part of the Kia Motors basketball team as the team's playing coach.
He is an advocate for combat sports
In May 2021, Pacquiao filed a bill to create a Philippine Boxing and Combat Sports Commission. However, Senator Pia Cayetano criticized the timing of the bill, since it was in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.
5 Surprising Facts
He has a YouTube channel
As of June 2021, Pacquiao's YouTube channel, where he consistently posts about his family and their activities together, has amassed over 500,000 subscribers.
He took a course on governance
In 2010, Pacquiao completed a course on Development Legislation and Governance at the Graduate School of Public and Development Management of the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP).
He was a school dropout
Pacquiao enrolled at Notre Dame of Dadiangas University (N.D.D.U.) in 2007 to study business administration, but he couldn't finish the program and was not granted a degree.
He is a university graduate
Pacquiao graduated as a political scientist from the University of Makati where he majored in local government administration.
He is a high-ranking military officer
In 2009, he attained the rank of Senior Master Sergeant and was designated as Command Sergeant Major of the 15th Ready Reserve.
Manny Pacquiao FAQs
What is Manny Pacquiao's career record
Pacquiao announced his retirement from boxing with a career record of 62 wins, eight losses, and two draws.
Is Manny Pacquiao the best boxer ever?
He is considered one of the greatest boxers of all time, especially after he captured 14 world titles in eight weight classes. Pacquiao was ranked ninth on “The Ring” magazine’s list of ‘Top 100 Boxers Of All Time.’
Is Manny Pacquiao retired?
He has announced his retirement from boxing as he is planning to run for president of the Philippines.
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