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Filipino professional boxer Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao

Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao (born December 17, 1978), popularly known as Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao, is a Filipino professional boxer, basketball player, actor, singer, and representative of the province of Sarangani in the House of Representatives of the Philippines. He has set the record for most championship belts earned in a career.

Pacquiao, who has a record of 57 wins, 6 losses (3 by knockout, 3 by decisions), and 2 draws, with 38 wins coming by knockout, is the first and only eight-division world champion. He has won ten world titles. He is the first to win the lineal championship in four different weight classes.

The Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA), World Boxing Council (WBC), and World Boxing Organization (WBO) has named him “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2000s. He is also a three-time The Ring and BWAA “Fighter of the Year” (2006, 2008, and 2009), and the Best Fighter ESPY Award in 2009 and 2011.

He currently ranks number four on The Ring pound-for-pound list. Sporting news and boxing websites like ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Sporting Life, Yahoo! Sports,, BoxRec and The Ring has rated him as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world.

Pacquiao is also into basketball, business, acting, music recording, and politics. He is listed as the head coach of the basketball team Kia Sorento. He was drafted onto the team as 11th overall on the first round of the 2014 Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) draft by the Kia Sorento. He is the oldest rookie drafted and the first dual-sport athlete in the PBA. He also owns a team in the PBA Developmental League, the MP Hotel Warriors.

He ranked 22nd on the third annual Time magazine's 100 poll for the "World's Most Influential Person" with a total of 20,391,818 votes. He also ranked 14th in the Forbes Magazine’s list of "World's Highest-Paid Athletes" as of 2013.

Early and personal life

Pacquiao was born on December 17, 1978 in Kibawe, Bukidnon. Philippines. He is the son of Rosalio Macarambon Pacquiao and Dionisia Dapidran-Pacquiao. His parents seperated when he was in seventh grade, after discovered that his father was living with another woman. He is the fourth among six siblings: Liza Silvestre Onding and Domingo Silvestre (from first husband and his mother), Isidra Pacquiao-Paglinawan, Alberto Bobby Pacquiao and Rogelio Pacquiao.

Sports career

Pacquiao started his professional boxing career in 1995 at 106 pounds. His early fights were usually in small venues and were shown on Vintage Sports' evening boxing show Blow by Blow hosted by John Ray Betita. He became an instant star of the program for both his boyish stance and boxing skills.

His weight increased from 106 to 113 pounds before losing in his 12th bout against Rustico Torrecampo via a third round technical knockout. During the fight as commented by well-known sports newscaster Quinito Henson, Pacquiao clearly did not make the weight so he was forced to use heavier gloves than that of Torrecampo which served as a disadvantage.Template:Fact

Shortly after the Torrecampo fight Pacquiao settled at 112 pounds, winning the WBC Flyweight title over Chatchai Sasakul only to lose it in his second defense against Medgoen Singsurat, or Medgoen 3K Battery, via a third round knockout in a bout held at Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand. Technically, Pacquiao lost the belt at the scales by surpassing the required weight of 112 lb (51 kg).

Following his loss to Singsurat, Pacquiao gained weight anew, this time stopping at the super bantamweight division of 122 lb (55 kg) where he picked up the WBC International Super Bantamweight title, defending it five times before his next world title fight came.

Pacquiao’s big break came on June 23, 2001, against IBF Super Bantamweight champion Lehlohonolo Ledwaba. Pacquiao stepped into the fight as a late replacement and walked out of the fight as the newly crowned IBF Super Bantamweight champion in a bout held at MGM Grandas Vegas, Nevada.

Pacquiao's rise

Pacquiao went on to defend his title four times before the match that many consider to have defined his career, against Mexican boxing idol, Marco Antonio Barrera of Mexico. Pacquiao defeated Barrera via a TKO in the 11th round at the Alamodome, in San Antonio, Texas.

Only six months removed from his win over Barrera, Pacquiao went on to challenge another respected Mexican brawler, Juan Manuel Márquez, holder of the World Boxing Association (WBA) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) Featherweight titles. The fight held at the MGM Grand ended in a controversial draw after he knocked down Márquez three times in the first round, but lost most of the latter rounds.

In a bout held in Taguig City, Philippines, Pacquiao fought against Fahsan (3K-Battery) Por Thawatchai. Pacquiao sent Por Thawatchai to the canvas three times en route to a knockout in the fourth round. A left uppercut to the jaw lifted the Thai off his feet and knocked him out to end the fight.

Pacquiao once again went up in weight and tipped the scales at 130 pounds in order to fight another Mexican fighter, three-time division champion Erik Morales on March 19, 2005 at the MGM Grand. However, Pacquiao lost the 12 round match by a unanimous decision from the judges.

On September 10, 2005, Manny Pacquiao knocked out Hector Velázquez, capturing the WBC International Super Featherweight title in the process in a fight held at Staples Center, Los Angeles, California.

Pacquiao defeated Erik Morales by TKO in a much-anticipated rematch on January 21, 2006 in Las Vegas at Thomas and Mack Center.

Newfound fame

After the Morales bout, Pacquiao was in the limelight again during the first week of February 2006 when a prostitute working in a Manila night club claimed that he was the father of her son, born out of a whirlwind affair with the boxer. Allegedly, the boxer was not giving her child financial support, prompting her to sue Pacquiao and demanding P250,000,000 ($5,159,958) in child support.

On March 21, Pacquiao was sent to the hospital due to liver problems. Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach had commented earlier about his concerns of Pacquiao's late night lifestyle and warned that the boxer is in danger of losing both his edge and his focus. Roach noted that there are too many distractions surrounding Pacquiao in the Philippines, including sponsorship deals, personal appearances, nocturnal activities as well as his circle of friends.

On July 2, Pacquiao defeated another Mexican, Oscar Larios, a two-time super-bantamweight champion. Despite his camp's big promise of an early knockout, the fight went the distance with Pacquiao knocking down the Mexican two times during the 12-round bout for the WBC International Super Featherweight title held at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Philippines.

In September 2006, Pacquiao signed a major deal with Golden Boy Promotions (GBP), headed by Oscar de la Hoya, which is good for seven fights. This development was confirmed by coach Freddie Roach. Under the deal, Pacquiao is guaranteed a prize money of US$5 million for each fight. With regard to profits made on each fight, Pacquiao will be receiving at least 90% while the remaining 10% will go to Golden Boy Promotions.

Pacquiao and Morales fought for a third time (with the "series" tied 1-all) 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.

After the Pacquiao-Morales rematch, Arum announced that Manny returned his signing bonus check back with Golden Boy Promotions signalling intentions to stay with Top Rank. This resulted in GBP's decision to sue the famed fighter over contractual breaches.

After a failed promotional negotiation with Marco Antonio Barrera's camp, Bob Arum chose Jorge Solis as his next opponent among several fighters that Bob Arum offered him to fight as a replacement. The bout is scheduled to be held in San Antonio sometime in April 2007.

He was lately named by both HBO and Ring Magazine as the fighter of the year. HBO also named him as the most exciting fighter of the year.

After a failed promotional negotiation with Marco Antonio Barrera's camp, Bob Arum chose Jorge Solis as his next opponent among several fighters that Bob Arum offered him to fight as a replacement. The bout was held in San Antonio on April 14, 2007. In the sixth round of the bout an accidental head butt occurred giving Pacquiao a cut under his left eyebrow. The fight ended in the 8th round when Pacquiao knocked Solis down twice, with Solis failing to beat the 10 count after the second knockdown. The victory raised Pacquiao's win-draw-loss record to 44-3-2 with 35 KOs.

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 will occur despite being the number 1 contender for the super-featherweight title of Juan Manuel Marquez.

Since Bob Arum was out on a vacation, Golden Boy Promotions’ chief executive Richard Schaefer politely declined to discuss Manny Pacquiao’s purse from the Oct. 6 rematch with Marco Antonio Barrera (at the Mandalay Bay Resort Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas). But Pacquiao was likely to get a purse of $5 million, plus possibly a share of the pay-per-view rights. Meanwhile, Pacquiao denied rumors that he failed to pay taxes for a luxury vehicle to the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BoC)when he bought a Porsche Cayenne two weeks before his match with Erik Morales. (A report by Thomas Hauser of said the Porsche Cayenne costs $67,639 or P3.5 million}.

A Pacquiao vs Barrera rematch is now slated on October 6, 2007 at Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV, USA. Pacquiao, at 28, is in his prime while Barrera, at 33, is considering this fight to be his last.

In the bible of boxing, Pacquiao (44-3-2) remains at the top of the junior lightweight division (130 pounds). He had been in the ratings for 108 weeks. Pacquiao is also at No. 2 in the pound-for-pound category behind welterweight champ Floyd Mayweather, who defeated Oscar de la Hoya on May 5, 2007. Related to this are the ratings of Filipinos Donaire (18 wins, 1 lost, 11 knockouts) and Florante "The Little Pacquiao" Condes (22-3-1 draw, 20). They have made it to the prestigious Ring Magazine rankings (July 9). The bible of boxing put Donaire at second spot in the flyweight division (112 pounds) just behind Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (65-2, 34) of Thailand, who is rated No. 1. Condes, on the other hand, is at third in the straw weight division (105 lbs).

Welterweight division

Versus Dela Hoya

Pacquiao rose to the welterweight division in his match against Oscar dela Hoya on 6 December 2008 in Las Vegas. After demolishing the boxing icon by way of technical knockout after the eight round of their non-title fight. Pacquiao romped to a phenomenal four bout win streak, where he earned four world championships.

Against Hatton

On 2 May 2009, Manny Pacquiao was pitted against former International Boxing Organization light welterweight champion Ricky Hatton, a southpaw boxer from Manchester, England in a 5-title bout staged at MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. Hatton was the longtime junior welterweight champion but surprised his fans when he went against boxing tradition and came out first to the boxing ring. He considered himself the challenger, even though he was the world title holder., with a record of 45 wins, 1 defeat against Floyd Mayweather Jr, 2 draws, and 36 knockouts.

The two fighters from opposite sides of the world were featured in the most anticipated boxing match of 2009, called the Battle of the East versus West, and they did not disappoint. In the first round Hatton surprised Pacquiao by immediately pursuing the more agile and experienced boxer. However Hatton's fighting style was well known by Pacquiao and he saw that the English pugilist had opened up his defenses. Pacquiao floored him for the first time in the first round with a succession of five right hooks, something which was quite unexpected, as Pacquiao later revealed that he develped a new fighting style under the advice of his 10-year coach Freddie Roach. A combination of right-left hooks floored Hatton again just before the bell rang, signalling the end of the 1st round.

The second round immediately revealed the weaknesses of Hatton's strategy. He maintained his boxing style, unable to adapt to Pacquiao's new fighting techniques of lightning-quick shifts from left to right hooks. At 2:59 minutes of the round Pacquiao's lightning left hook floored him. Hatton was unable to beat the referee's countdown, and remained prone and completely disoriented, much to the concern of his family. The final punch statistics revealed that Pacquaio had landed 78 of 127 thrown punches, or a 57% conversion, with Hatton managing only to convert 18 punches versus 78 throws.

In the postfight analysis Freddie Roach stated that every time Hatton "throws his left hand, he pulls it back and cocks it, and is wide open for a short right-hand hook from a southpaw stance. So we worked it out every day in the gym..." Pacquaio himself confirmed that "Our strategy was the one punch. Left hook. Right hook. That was going to be the key to this fight.... In the first round, I expected my right hook was going to be dangerous for him. He was open and coming forward and his hands were down". Pacquiao confirmed Roach's analysis, saying that "I have a new technique to my right hook... We studied that every day in the gym. The right hook was going to be a key to the fight because he comes in with his left hand down."

The fight was halted at the end of the 2nd round with Pacquiao declared the victor by technical knockout and was proclaimed the light welterweight champion of the boxing world. After the match Pacquiao announced that he would be ready to face his next contenders, either Floyd Mayweather Jr who had earlier defeated Hatton or Juan M. Marquez.

This bout was called Pacquiao's greatest achievement yet, destroying Hatton in just 2 rounds, ina new division for the Filipino fighter, a division at 140 pounds, something which Hatton (45-2) has dominated in the last five years. Pacquaio's next match with either Mayweather Jr or Marquez promises to be an even bigger and greater match.

Versus Cotto

Pacquiao and three-time world champion Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico agreed to fight in Las Vegas on November 14, 2009. Among the details that were agreed upon for the Pacquiao-Cotto fight were the weight (both camps agreed to the 145-pound catchweight) and the purse (Pacquiao will get the 60% share of PPV buys, as compared to Cotto's 35% share). As of the moment, it is still not clear whether Cotto's WBO welterweight belt will be at stake, although WBO has ranked Pacquiao as the #1 contender for Cotto's welterweight belt. On 15 November 2009, Pacquiao won his 7th title in seven boxing divisions by knocking out Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto on the 12th round of the World Boxing Organization Welterweight Championship.

Pacquiao versus Clottey

On 14 March 2010, Pacquiao squared away against contender Joshua Clottey of Ghana at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas before the thrid largest crowd in fight history in the US, more than 50,000 fans, rooting for the present WBO world welterweight champion.

Pacquiao tipped in at 145.34 pounds versus the contender, who enjoyed a height, weight and arm reach advantage and who also billed as a full-fledged welterweighter, unlike Pacquiao who had moved up several weight classes. In the first round, the challenger Clottey put on a consummate defense, locking his face with both his arms up. Clottey was able to land some punches. In the second, Clottey remaind impenetrable as well as comfortable, but Pacquiao continued to throw and land more blows. In the third Clottey landed a hard left, but the pattern of Manny outpunching the challenger continued. In the fourth Pacquiao unleashed a flurry of punches and banged the Ghanaian into a corner. At the end of the fifth round, Pacquiao led 40 points to 36.

In the sixth, the onslaught of Pacman continued, and the championed earned more points at end of roun 7, 70 to 63. Round 8 was briefly interrupted when Clottey threw a lowblow, stunning Pacquiao momentarily. In the 9th and 10th, Pacman landed a flurry of combination punches, averaging over 100 throws in a round. The round saw Pacquiao looking tired for the first time, with some bleeding. The 11th was marked a round fo flurries, with the challenger showing his offensive side for th first time. Clottey landed three straight upper cuts, but Pacquiao rallies in the final 7 seconds. The crowd blows the roof, expecting a grand and final round. However, the 12th ended with Manny playing cautiously while continuing the barrage of punches.

Pacquiao was declared the winner by unanimous decision, scoring 120 points versus Clottey's 108. He dominated every round and proved why he is the current WBO welterweight champion of the world. Pacquiao simply threw more punches than in any of his mattch, clocking 1231 versus the losers 246, and landing 389 punches versus Clottey's 246.

At end of fight interview, Pacquiao admitted that he understood Clottey's style, characterizing him as a touch opponent, who was looking for a big shot, a timing counterpuncher. In the end Clottey lost because he was reluctant to exchange punches with Pacman and took too much time on the defense, while waiting futilely for his big punch. When asked about taking on Floyd Mayweather, Pacquiao announced that ""I want that fight, the people want that fight, it's up to him if he wants the fight," adding that "Mayweather's style is not difficult like Clottey."

Versus Margarito

Pacquiao then faced Mexican Antonio Margarito for the vacant WBC super welterweight world title on 13 November 2010 at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Margarito, to date, is the biggest opponent of Pacquiao in terms of height, weight, and reach.

Despite his physical disadvantages compared to Margarito, Pacquiao proved to be too fast and powerful for the Mexican, bludgeoning Margarito in 12 rounds to win the world title. Pacquiao displayed impressive hand speed and accuracy in punching resulting to big swells on Margarito's eyes. Pacquiao won via unanimous decision.

Versus Mosley

Pacquiao successfully defended his WBO welterweight crown versus American three-time world champion Shane Mosley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on 8 May 2010. Reminiscent of the Pacquiao-Clottey fight, Mosley simply blocked and eluded Pacquiao's punches, making the fight a non-eventful bout. Pacquiao eventually won via unanimous decision, with all the judges scoring 120-108 for the Filipino.

Series and trilogies

Versus Morales

Pacquiao had his first trilogy against Mexican legend Erik Morales. In the first fight on 19 March 2005 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Pacquiao suffered a nasty cut on his right eye due to an accidental headbutt in the fifth round, Pacquiao fought in an intense brawl against the Mexican but lost via unanimous decision. All three judges scored the bout 115-113 for Morales.

A year later, Pacquiao floored Morales in his two subsequent fights with the Mexican. On 21 January 2006, Pacquiao won via technical knockout while on 18 November 2006, he had a shorter bout against Morales, knocking out the Mexican in three rounds. Both fights were held in the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Versus Barrera

Pacquiao fought a Mexican legend for the first time in his career in four-time world champion Marco Antonio Barrera. Fighting in the featherweight division for the first time on 15 November 2003 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, the rising star Pacquiao walloped the highly-physical Barrera, forcing the Mexican corner to quit the match in the 11th round. Pacquiao won via technical knockout, sparking the Filipino to worldwide mainstream popularity.

On 6 October 2007 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Pacquiao reaffirmed his dominance over Barrera, routing the Mexican via unanimous decision. Two judges scored the bout at 118-109 while one judge scored it at 115-113.

Versus Marquez

Unlike the Morales and Barrera series, the Pacquiao versus Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez trilogy was a tight and highly controversial one, which pitted a speedy power puncher in Pacquiao and a cerebral counter puncher in Marquez. Notably, each of the Pacquiao-Marquez fights were held once in at least three years, unlike the Pacquiao-Morales fights which happened once in ten months.

In their first fight on 15 November 2003 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, Pacquiao wowed Marquez in the opening round, knocking down the Mexican champ thrice. The fight for the vacant World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation featherweight world titles continued since the no three knockdown rule in a round was in effect. Marquez subsequently displayed his excellent counter punching skills after his fall. The fight was judged as a split draw, as the judges scored the bout 115-110 for Pacquiao, 115-110 for Marquez, and 113-113.

On 15 March 2008 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, the two engage in yet another close fight as both fighters stuck to their respective styles. Like the first fight, Pacquiao dominated Marquez in the early rounds, knocking down the Mexican in the third round but Marquez displayed accurate counter punching in the later rounds. Pacquiao nonetheless won via split decision, with judges Duane Ford and Tom Miller favoring the Filipino at 115-112 and 114-113, respectively. On the other hand, judge Jerry Roth favored Marquez at 115-112.

Three years later, Pacquiao yet again narrowly won against Marquez. Playing a mix of tactical counter punching and speedy power punching, the fight held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on 12 November 2011 saw Pacquiao having the edge in the early rounds. However, Marquez threw a number of clean blows on Pacquiao's head and body in the middle rounds but Pacquiao turned aggressive from rounds nine to twelve. One judge scored the bout even at 113 and two judges scored it at 115-113 and 116-112 for Pacquiao.

Versus Bradley

On 9 June 2012, in a welterweight title boxing match at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Paradise, Nevada, Timothy Bradley won a highly controversial split decision to take the title after 12 rounds. The scores per judges were 115-113, 113-115 and 113-115, all in favor of Bradley.

WBO President Francisco "Paco" Valcarcel said in a statement on 13 June 2012 that the WBO's Championship Committee would review the video of the fight with five independent, competent and recognized international judges and make a recommendation. On 21 June 2012, the WBO Championship Committee announced that Pacquiao should have won his defeat. The scores of five judges were all in favor for Pacquiao - 117-111, 117-111, 118-110, 116-112 and 115-113. However, the WBO cannot overturn the result of the fight but recommended a rematch between the two.

Versus Marquez

In a non-title bout at welterweight, Pacquiao met Juan Manuel Marquez on 8 December 2012 for the fourth time. Marquez defeated Pacquiao by knockout with one second left in the sixth round.

Versus Rios

On 24 November 2013, Pacquiao faced Brandon Rios to fight for the vacant WBO International Welterweight Championship. He won via unanimous decision and dedicated it to the victims of Typhoon Yolanda that endangered Leyte and Samar provinces, as well as parts of Eastern Visayas on 8 November 2013.

Versus Bradley

Pacquiao sought and ultimately got a rematch with the WBO Welterweight Champion of the world: Timothy Bradley. In a tough fight on 12 April 2014 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Pacquiao won by unanimous decision and took the WBO Welterweight title. The judges score were 118-110, 116-112, 116-112.

Versus Algieri

On 23 November 2014, Pacquiao faced WBO Light Welterweight Champion Chris Algieri. The former won via unanimous decision and retained his WBO Welterweight Championship. He dominated the bout and scored six knockdowns. The scores per judges were 119-103, 119-103 and 120-102.

Versus Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather defeated Pacquiao via unanimous decision on 2 May 2015 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The five-weight champion added the WBO welterweight title to his WBC and WBA titles and cemented his status as the best pound-for-pound fighter of his generation with a flawless 48-0 record.

For the most part, Pacquiao chased Mayweather in the ring as the latter shielded himself from the former's punches. According to a report from ESPN, Mayweather landed 148 of 435 punches while Pacquiao landed only 81 of 429 punches.

After 12 rounds, Jugdes' scorecards tallied 118-110, 116-112, and 116-112 in favor of Mayweather.

The fight, which took five years to happen and was billed as the “Fight of the Century, earned around USD 400 million in revenues. Both boxers would split about USD 230 million. Mayweather said that he will have his last fight in September.

In the post-fight interview, the Pacquiao camp claimed that he fought with an injured shoulder. Promoter Bob Arum said that he sustained the injury in mid-March. According to Dr. Neal ElAttrache of the Kerlan Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles, Pacquaio suffered a right shoulder injury three weeks prior to his fight with Mayweather. He said that Pacquiao has a significant tear in his rotator cuff.

On 7 May 2015, Pacquiao underwent surgery on his injured right shoulder. He is expected to be out for up to a year.


Titles in boxing

Major World Titles

  • WBC Flyweight Champion (112 lbs)
  • IBF Super Bantamweight Champion (122 lbs)
  • WBC Super Featherweight Champion (130 lbs)
  • WBC Lightweight Champion (135 lbs)
  • (2) WBO Welterweight Champion (147 lbs)
  • WBC Light Middleweight Champion (154 lbs)

Minor World Titles

  • IBO Light Welterweight Champion (140 lbs)

The Ring/Lineal Championship Titles

  • Lineal Flyweight Champion (112 lbs)
  • The Ring Featherweight Champion (126 lbs)
  • The Ring Super Featherweight Champion (130 lbs)
  • The Ring Light Welterweight Champion (140 lbs)

Regional/International Titles

  • OPBF Flyweight Champion (112 lbs)
  • WBC International Super Bantamweight Champion (122 lbs)
  • WBC International Super Featherweight Champion (130 lbs)
  • WBO International Welterweight Champion (147 lbs

Special Titles

  • WBC Emeritus Super Featherweight Champion (130 lbs)
  • WBC Diamond Welterweight Champion (147 lbs)
  • WBO Welterweight Super Champion (147 lbs)



  • 2000–2009 Boxing Writers Association of America Fighter of the Decade
  • 2000–2009 HBO Fighter of the Decade
  • 2001–2010 World Boxing Council Boxer of the Decade
  • 2001–2010 World Boxing Organization Best Pound-for-Pound Fighter of the Decade
  • 2006, 2008 and 2009 Boxing Writers Association of America's Fighter of the Year
  • 2006, 2008 and 2009 ESPN Fighter of the Year
  • 2006, 2008 and 2009 The Ring Fighter of the Year
  • 2008 Sports Illustrated Boxer of the Year
  • 2008 Yahoo! Sports Fighter of the Year
  • 2008 and 2009 ESPN Star's Champion of Champions
  • 2008 and 2009 World Boxing Council Boxer of the Year
  • 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 The Ring No.1 Pound-for-Pound (year-end)
  • 2009 Ask Men Most Influential Men (ranked 24th)
  • 2009 ESPN Knockout of the Year (in Round 2 against Ricky Hatton)
  • 2009 and 2011 ESPY Awards Best Fighter
  • 2009 Forbes Magazine World's Highest-Paid Athletes (ranked 6th)
  • 2009 Sports Illustrated Fighter of the Year
  • 2009 The Ring Knockout of the Year (in Round 2 against Ricky Hatton)
  • 2009 TIME 100 Most Influential People (Heroes and Icons Category)
  • 2009, 2010 and 2012 Forbes Magazine Celebrity 100 (The World's Most Powerful Celebrity) (ranked 57th, 55th and 33rd)
  • 2010 World Boxing Organization Fighter of the Year
  • 2010 Yahoo! Sports Boxing's Most Influential (ranked 25th)
  • 2013 Forbes Magazine World's Highest-Paid Athletes (ranked 14th)


  • 2000–09 Philippine Sportswriters Association Athlete of the Decade
  • 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2008 PSA Sportsman of the Year
  • 2003 Presidential Medal of Merit
  • 2003 and 2010 Congressional Medal of Achievement / Distinction / Honor
  • 2006 Order of Lakandula with the rank of "Champion for Life" (Kampeon Habambuhay)
  • 2008 Philippine Legion of Honor with the rank of "Officer" (Pinuno)
  • 2008 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Honorary Award for Sports Excellence
  • 2009 Order of Sikatuna with the rank of Datu (Grand Cross with Gold Distinction)
  • 2011 Gabriel "Flash" Elorde Memorial "Quintessential Athlete" Award

Pacquiao in popular culture

Manny Pacquiao is currently one of the most visible figures in Philippine media and is considered a household name.

A movie based on his life has been produced and was released on June 21, 2006. The movie is titled Pacquiao: The Movie featuring Filipino actor Jericho Rosales as Manny Pacquiao and is directed by Joel Lamangan. Despite its huge P50,000,000 ($1,031,991) budget, wide distribution (80 cinemas) and strong marketing, the movie flopped in the box-office grossing a total of only P4,812,191 ($99,322) confirmed by Lamangan.

Shortly after winning his rematch with Erik Morales, Pacquiao produced the song "Para Sa 'Yo Ang Laban Na 'To" (Tagalog: "This Fight is for You") which became a hit single all over the Philippines. It expressed a nationalistic theme as well as Pacquiao's struggles in the ring. The release of the song came weeks before his second bout with Morales, leading up to the promos to the fight. Although "Para sa 'Yo" is his first attempt at professional music recording, Pacquiao's victory against Morales greatly contributed to the song's popularity.

Pacquaio and Morales recently appeared together in a San Miguel Beer commercial filmed for the Filipino audience. In the advertisement, Pacquiao is at a party and joined by Freddie Roach. A woman guest at the part asks, "Manny, kaya mo ba daw ang isang round?" (Translation: "[Someone is asking] Can you go one more round?") Roach says in English, "Who's asking?" The crowd silences as Erik Morales enters the party and makes his way through the crowd. Pacquiao walks toward Morales and both boxers engage in a "staredown". Morales then says "Wala kang katulad, Manny," (Translation: "There is no one like you, Manny.") and gives him a bottle of San Miguel Beer. Pacquiao replies, "Parang San Miguel Beer." (Translation: "Just like San Miguel Beer.") The next scene shows Morales and Pacquiao sitting together with the rest of the party guests, holding their beers in their hands. Morales proclaims, "For me, this is the best beer!" Pacquiao replies, "O, straight?" The commercial ends with Pacquiao and Morales toasting their friendship with San Miguels. This commercial has been parodied in the comedy show, Bubble Gang, with Michael V. playing Pacquiao, and Ogie Alcasid playing Morales.

During her sixth State of the Nation Address on July 24, 2006 in Quezon City, Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo cited Pacquiao as one of the nation's modern day heroes. "Mabuhay ka, Manny", said Arroyo. In return, the champion delivered his own speech endorsing Arroyo. "The President said many good things in the SONA." Pacquiao remarked.

It is not widely known that professional wrestlers The Undertaker and Jason Reso were actually a part of Pacquiao's entourage during the Pacquiao vs. Velázquez fight in 2005. An avid boxing fan, The Undertaker was the person who carried the US flag while leading Team Pacquiao to the ring. This was also confirmed by another fellow wrestler, Batista. Batista revealed this during a televised interview in the Philippines while promoting an upcoming WWE promotional tour which was set to be shown in this country.

Pacquiao owns a lottery outlet for the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.

Pacquiao is the owner of the Pac Man Gensan of the Mindanao Visayas Basketball Association. The team based in his hometown of General Santos City. Pacquiao even suited up for the team for a few games during the first conference of said league.

Pacquiao is the first ever non-fictional Filipino featured in a video game. He is featured in the video games Fight Night: Round 2, Fight Night: Round 3 and Fight Night: Round 4.

Pacquiao is an avid supporter and endorser of PBA team Barangay Ginebra Kings.

Political career

Speculations on his candidacy

For some time, many have speculated that Manny Pacquiao will enter politics after he ends his boxing career. While boxing is far from over for him, Pacquiao admitted that he is thinking about starting a career in politics. In fact, he quietly visited the Commission on Elections , escorted by Arnold "Ali" Atienza (son of current Manila Mayor Lito Atienza), to transfer his residence from General Santos City to Manila. This fueled speculations that he may seek an elective post in the nation's capital, which even gave him the title "Adopted Son" when he was winning his earlier bouts.

His name was once floated as a possible vice-mayoralty candidate to the younger Atienza when the latter seeks the city's highest post in the 2007 elections, but backed-out after Sen. Panfilo Lacson, then the leading candidate for Manila mayor, did the same after there were threats from his opponents to dig the issue of his residency. (Similarly, Pacquiao also had such issues).

Being known as an Arroyo supporter, his name is also being floated as a candidate of Lakas CMD for the mayoralty race of General Santos City against incumbent Mayor Pedro Acharon. Instead, he was recently sworn-in as a member of the Liberal Party under the Atienza wing, thus further fueling his political ambition.

Congressional bid

On 12 February 2007, the famed boxer announced that he was running for congress representing South Cotabato. His decision however easily turned off both his fans and the general public. Election experts stressed that as Pacquiao insists on participating in his next professional boxing match, he will immerse himself into a legal conflict regarding campaign exposure, especially since the match will be televised nationwide. Aside from that, COMELEC Commissioner Ben Abalos mentioned a possible legal entanglement could ruin Pacquiao's candidacy since he already registered himself as a Manila resident months prior.

Numerous sports personalities and analysts around the Philippines expressed that Pacquiao should think seriously and deeply about his sports career, which could potentially be destroyed by the dirty world of politics. Popular columnist Randy David mentioned that Pacquiao allowed himself to be used by selfish and desperate politicians.

A potential disadvantage for Pacquiao is his alleged mental immaturity. The incumbent congresswoman he is challenging is not only a well educated person but also a member of one of South Cotabato's political dynasties.

On 24 February 2007 in Cebu City, Pacquiao, for the first time ever, was booed by thousands of spectators as his presence was acknowledged by the organizers of The Battle of Cebu, a WBO-sanctioned boxing festival. The embarrassment compelled the fighter to withdraw his political bid, according to Manila Mayor Lito Atienza.

The negative sentiment among Cebuanos over Pacquiao's political aspiration was felt even before the The Battle of Cebu was held as at least one citizen's comment got published by local newspaper Sun Star.

Political Party

In May 2009, speculations about Pacquiao forming his own political party was confirmed when Poll commissioner Nicodemo Ferrer disclosed that the boxer filed a petition for accreditation by his counsel, Minveles Beloncio-Gulle, on December 3, 2008. His party, the People's Champ Movement (PCM) was heard by the COMELEC in May 2009, confirming his intention to run in the 2010 elections. “People’s Champ” was the moniker given Pacquiao by the House in a resolution in 2008.

Nevertheless, the COMELEC official pointed out that as a rule, Pacquiao would not be able to run for any national position, such as senator, under the PCM because his party application was only for a local political party for the city of General Santos and the neighboring province of Sarangani in Mindanao.

Pacquiao later joined the Nacionalista Party and ran for representative of Sarangani during the 2010 general elections. He beat then incumbent representative Roy Chiongbian via landslide, being the only active athlete in Philippine history to have won in the elections.

During the 2013 elections, Pacquiao moved to the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) led by Vice President Jejomar Binay. He ran unopposed for his second term as congressman. His wife Jinkee was also elected as Vice Governor of Sarangani.

Acting career

Pacquiao appeared in some local films and guested at ABS-CBN shows. In December 2005, he took his first lead role in Violett Films' Lisensyadong Kamao. In 2008, he starred with Ara Mina and Valerie Concepcion in Anak ng Kumander. He also starred in a superhero/comedy film Wapakman, an entry to the 2009 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).

When his contract with ABS-CBN expired, he signed with GMA Network. His projects include Pinoy Records, Totoy Bato, and Show Me Da Manny. In 2011, he appeared on Tosh.0.



  • Manny, 2014
  • Wapakman, 2009
  • Pangarap Kong Jackpot, 2008
  • Brown Soup Thing, 2008
  • Anak ng Kumander, 2008
  • Lisensyadong Kamao, 2005
  • Basagan ng Mukha, 2001
  • Mahal Kita... Kahit Sino Ka Pa!, 2001
  • Di Ko Kayang Tanggapin, 2000

Television Shows

  • 24/7: Pacquiao/Algieri, 2014
  • MP Featuring Sport Science, 2014
  • 24/7: Pacquiao/Bradley 2, 2014
  • 24/7: Pacquiao/Rios, 2013
  • Para Sa 'Yo Ang Laban Na Ito, 2013
  • Pacman Forever: A Hero's Homecoming, 2012
  • 24/7: Pacquiao/Marquez 4, 2012
  • 24/7: Pacquiao/Bradley, 2012
  • 24/7: Pacquiao/Marquez, 2011
  • Pacquiao-Marquez III World Press Tour (Manila Leg), 2011
  • Fight Camp 360°: Pacquiao vs. Mosley, 2011
  • Manny Many Prizes, 2011
  • 60 Minutes, 2010
  • 24/7: Pacquiao/Margarito, 2010
  • Road to Dallas: Pacquiao vs. Clottey, 2010
  • 24/7: Pacquiao/Cotto, 2009
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live!, 2009
  • Rome is Burning, 2009
  • Team Pacquiao: The GMA News & Public Affairs Sports Documentary Special, 2009
  • 24/7: Pacquiao/Hatton, 2009
  • Show Me Da Manny, 2009
  • Totoy Bato, 2009
  • Pinoy Records, 2009
  • Kababayan LA: Manny Pacquiao Specials, 2009
  • 24/7: De La Hoya/Pacquiao, 2008
  • Countdown to Pacquiao-Marquez 2, 2008
  • Countdown to Pacquiao-Barrera 2, 2007
  • Countdown to Pacquiao-Morales 3, 2006
  • Ako ang Simula, 2006
  • Pinoy Big Brother, 2005
  • Ok Fine Whatever, 2005
  • Kamao: Matira Ang Matibay, 2005
  • The People's Champion, 2004
  • Walang Bakas, 2004
  • I Witness, 1999


Pacquiao has released albums as part of his entertainment career. Most of his Tagalog songs were composed by Lito Camo. The following are his albums:

  • Laban Nating Lahat Ito, 2006
  • Pac-Man Punch, 2007
  • “Lahing Pinoy” Single, 2009
  • “Remake of Dan Hill's “Sometimes When We Touch” Single, 2011
  • Collaboration with GMA 7 artists “Bangon Kaibigan”, 2013