Manny Pacquiao

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Manny Pacquiao during the opening ceremony of the NCAA Season 87 at the Araneta Coliseum in 2011

Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao Sr. (born December 17, 1978), popularly known as Manny Pacquiao, is a politician and retired professional boxer.[1] He won twelve major world titles and is the only boxer in history to become a world champion in eight divisions.[2][3] He is currently a senator of the Philippines, having been elected in 2016. He previously served as the representative of Sarangani from 2010 to 2016.

Since 2020, Pacquiao has been the president of the ruling party PDP-Laban, but a faction of the party ousted him in 2021.[4]

On 19 September, Pacquiao announced his candidacy in the 2020 presidential election under the PDP-LABAN.[5]

Early life and amateur career

Manny Pacquiao was born on 17 December 1978 in Kibawe, Bukidnon and raised in General Santos City. His parents are Rosalio Pacquiao and Dionisia Dapidran Pacquiao, who separated when he was in sixth grade.[6] He has five siblings, among whom is Alberto “Bobby” Pacquiao, who himself is a politician and former professional boxer.

Pacquiao completed his elementary education at Saavedra Saway Elementary School in General Santos City. He could not finish high school because of financial difficulties.[7]

Pacquiao moved to Manila at the age of 14 to look for work. With little qualification, he worked in construction and slept in the streets. By this time he had started boxing. He eventually qualified for and joined the Philippine national amateur boxing team, a perk of which was lodging that was paid for by the government. Pacquiao made an amateur boxing record of 60 wins and four losses.[8]

In February 2007, Pacquiao passed a high school equivalency exam, after which he received a high school diploma from the Department of Education.[9]

Professional boxing


Pacquiao has an amateur record of 60-4 and a professional record of 62-8-2. As a professional boxer, he scored 39 wins by knockout. He was described by boxing historian Bert Sugar as the greatest southpaw fighter ever.[10] In 2020, digital media company Ranker put him at the top of its list of the best boxers of the 21st century.[11]

Pacquiao is the first boxer in history to win world titles across eight weight divisions, winning twelve major world titles in total. He is also the first boxer to win the lineal championship in five weight classes. He is also the first boxer in history to win major world titles in four of the original eight weight classes of boxing, also known as the "glamour divisions" (flyweight, featherweight, lightweight and welterweight), and the first boxer ever to become a four-decade world champion, winning world championships across four decades (1990s, 2000s, 2010s, and 2020s).

Pacquiao had been rated as the best active boxer in the world, pound for pound, by most sporting news and boxing websites, including ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Sporting Life, Yahoo! Sports,, BoxRec and The Ring, beginning from his climb to lightweight until his losses in 2012.[12] He is also the longest reigning top-ten active boxer on The Ring's pound for pound list from November 2003 to April 2016.[13]

Pacquiao has generated approximately 20.1 million in pay-per-view (PPV) buys and $1.2 billion in revenue from his 25 PPV bouts. According to Forbes, he was the second highest-paid athlete in the world in 2015.

Early years

Pacquiao was introduced to boxing at the age of 12 by his maternal Uncle Sardo Mejia. According to his autobiography, Pacquiao said watching Mike Tyson's defeat to James "Buster" Douglas in 1990 with his Uncle Sardo as an experience that "changed my life forever." Mejia began training his nephew in a makeshift home gym. After six months of training, Pacquiao began boxing in a park in General Santos eventually traveling to other cities to fight higher-ranked opponents. By age 15, he was considered the best junior boxer in the southern Philippines and he moved to Manila. In January 1995, at the age of 16, he made his professional boxing debut as a junior flyweight. By the age of 19, he won his first major title, the World Boxing Council (WBC) flyweight title.

Pacquiao stated of his early years, "Many of you know me as a legendary boxer, and I'm proud of that. However, that journey was not always easy. When I was younger, I became a fighter because I had to survive. I had nothing. I had no one to depend on except myself. I realized that boxing was something I was good at, and I trained hard so that I could keep myself and my family alive."

Notable fights

Over the course of his decorated career, Pacquiao has defeated 22 world champions—Chatchai Sasakul, Lehlohonolo Ledwaba, Jorge Eliécer Julio, Marco Antonio Barrera (twice), Érik Morales (twice), Óscar Larios, Jorge Solís, Juan Manuel Márquez (twice), David Díaz, Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, Joshua Clottey, Antonio Margarito, Shane Mosley, Brandon Ríos, Timothy Bradley (twice), Chris Algieri, Jessie Vargas, Lucas Matthysse, Adrien Broner and Keith Thurman.

Ranking and awards

Pacquiao was named "Fighter of the Decade" for the 2000s by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA), World Boxing Council (WBC), and World Boxing Organization (WBO). In 2006, 2008, and 2009, he was awarded Ring magazine, ESPN and BWAA's Fighter of the Year, and in 2009 and 2011 he won the Best Fighter ESPY Award. BoxRec ranks him as the greatest Asian fighter of all time. In 2016, Pacquiao ranked No. 2 on ESPN's list of top pound for pound boxers of the past 25 years and he ranks No.5 in BoxRec's ranking of the greatest pound for pound boxers of all time.

Pacquiao is signed with Al Haymon's Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) promotion since 2018 and Paradigm Sports since 2020.


Forbes listed Pacquiao as the world's equal sixth highest paid athlete, with a total of $40 million or ₱2 billion pesos from the second half of 2008 to the first half of 2009. Tied with him on the sixth spot was NBA player LeBron James and golfer Phil Mickelson. Pacquiao was again included in Forbes' list of highest paid athletes from the second half of 2009 to the first half of 2010; he was ranked eighth with an income of $42 million. Pacquiao also won the 2009 ESPY Awards for the Best Fighter category, beating fellow boxer Shane Mosley and Brazilian mixed martial arts fighters Lyoto Machida and Anderson Silva. ESPN Magazine reported that Pacquiao was one of the two top earning athletes for 2010, alongside American Major League Baseball player Alex Rodriguez. According to the magazine's annual salary report of athletes, Pacquiao earned $32 million (approximately PhP 1.38 billion) for his two 2010 boxing matches against Clottey and Margarito.

Professional boxing record

72 fights 62 wins 8 losses
By knockout 39 3
By decision 23 5
Draws 2
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Age Location Notes
72 Loss 62–8–2 Yordenis Ugás UD 12 Aug 21, 2021 42 years, 227 days T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. For WBA (Super) welterweight title
71 Win 62–7–2 Keith Thurman SD 12 Jul 20, 2019 40 years, 215 days MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won WBA (Super) welterweight title
70 Win 61–7–2 Adrien Broner UD 12 Jan 19, 2019 40 years, 33 days MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBA (Regular) welterweight title
69 Win 60–7–2 Lucas Matthysse TKO 7 (12), 2:43 Jul 15, 2018 39 years, 210 days Axiata Arena, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Won WBA (Regular) welterweight title
68 Loss 59–7–2 Jeff Horn UD 12 Jul 2, 2017 38 years, 197 days Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia Lost WBO welterweight title
67 Win 59–6–2 Jessie Vargas UD 12 Nov 5, 2016 37 years, 324 days Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won WBO welterweight title
66 Win 58–6–2 Timothy Bradley UD 12 Apr 9, 2016 37 years, 114 days MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won vacant WBO International welterweight title
65 Loss 57–6–2 Floyd Mayweather Jr. UD 12 May 2, 2015 36 years, 136 days MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Lost WBO welterweight title;

For WBA (Unified), WBC, and The Ring welterweight titles

64 Win 57–5–2 Chris Algieri UD 12 Nov 23, 2014 35 years, 341 days Cotai Arena, Macau, SAR Retained WBO welterweight title
63 Win 56–5–2 Timothy Bradley UD 12 Apr 12, 2014 35 years, 116 days MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won WBO welterweight title
62 Win 55–5–2 Brandon Ríos UD 12 Nov 24, 2013 34 years, 342 days Cotai Arena, Macau, SAR Won vacant WBO International welterweight title
61 Loss 54–5–2 Juan Manuel Márquez KO 6 (12), 2:59 Dec 8, 2012 33 years, 357 days MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
60 Loss 54–4–2 Timothy Bradley SD 12 Jun 9, 2012 33 years, 175 days MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Lost WBO welterweight title
59 Win 54–3–2 Juan Manuel Márquez MD 12 Nov 12, 2011 32 years, 330 days MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBO welterweight title
58 Win 53–3–2 Shane Mosley UD 12 May 7, 2011 32 years, 141 days MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBO welterweight title
57 Win 52–3–2 Antonio Margarito UD 12 Nov 13, 2010 31 years, 331 days Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas, U.S. Won vacant WBC super welterweight title
56 Win 51–3–2 Joshua Clottey UD 12 Mar 13, 2010 31 years, 86 days Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas, U.S. Retained WBO welterweight title
55 Win 50–3–2 Miguel Cotto TKO 12 (12), 0:55 Nov 14, 2009 30 years, 332 days MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won WBO welterweight title
54 Win 49–3–2 Ricky Hatton KO 2 (12), 2:59 May 2, 2009 30 years, 136 days MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won IBO and The Ring light welterweight titles
53 Win 48–3–2 Oscar De La Hoya RTD 8 (12), 3:00 Dec 6, 2008 29 years, 355 days MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
52 Win 47–3–2 David Díaz TKO 9 (12), 2:24 Jun 28, 2008 29 years, 194 days Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won WBC lightweight title
51 Win 46–3–2 Juan Manuel Márquez SD 12 Mar 15, 2008 29 years, 89 days Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won WBC and vacant The Ring super featherweight titles
50 Win 45–3–2 Marco Antonio Barrera UD 12 Oct 6, 2007 28 years, 293 days Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBC International super featherweight title
49 Win 44–3–2 Jorge Solís KO 8 (12), 1:16 Apr 14, 2007 28 years, 118 days Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, U.S. Retained WBC International super featherweight title
48 Win 43–3–2 Érik Morales KO 3 (12), 2:57 Nov 18, 2006 27 years, 336 days Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBC International super featherweight title
47 Win 42–3–2 Óscar Larios UD 12 Jul 2, 2006 27 years, 197 days Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Philippines Retained WBC International super featherweight title
46 Win 41–3–2 Érik Morales TKO 10 (12), 2:33 Jan 21, 2006 27 years, 35 days Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBC International super featherweight title
45 Win 40–3–2 Héctor Velázquez TKO 6 (12), 2:59 Sep 10, 2005 26 years, 267 days Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S. Won vacant WBC International super featherweight title
44 Loss 39–3–2 Érik Morales UD 12 Mar 19, 2005 26 years, 92 days MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. For IBA and vacant WBC International super featherweight titles
43 Win 39–2–2 Narongrit Pirang TKO 4 (12), 1:26 Dec 11, 2004 25 years, 360 days MC Home Depot Fort, Taguig, Philippines Retained The Ring featherweight title
42 Draw 38–2–2 Juan Manuel Márquez SD 12 May 8, 2004 25 years, 143 days MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained The Ring featherweight title;

For WBA (Super) and IBF featherweight titles

41 Win 38–2–1 Marco Antonio Barrera TKO 11 (12), 2:56 Nov 15, 2003 24 years, 333 days Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, U.S. Won The Ring featherweight title
40 Win 37–2–1 Emmanuel Lucero KO 3 (12), 0:48 Jul 26, 2003 24 years, 221 days Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S. Retained IBF super bantamweight title
39 Win 36–2–1 Serikzhan Yeshmagambetov TKO 5 (10), 1:52 Mar 15, 2003 24 years, 88 days Rizal Park, Manila, Philippines
38 Win 35–2–1 Fahprakorb Rakkiatgym KO 1 (12), 2:46 Oct 26, 2002 23 years, 313 days Rizal Memorial College Gym, Davao City, Philippines Retained IBF super bantamweight title
37 Win 34–2–1 Jorge Eliécer Julio TKO 2 (12), 1:09 Jun 8, 2002 23 years, 173 days The Pyramid, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. Retained IBF super bantamweight title
36 Draw 33–2–1 Agapito Sánchez TD 6 (12), 1:12 Nov 10, 2001 22 years, 328 days Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S. Retained IBF super bantamweight title;

For WBO super bantamweight title;

Split TD: Pacquiao was cut from accidental head clash

35 Win 33–2 Lehlohonolo Ledwaba TKO 6 (12), 0:59 Jun 23, 2001 22 years, 188 days MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won IBF super bantamweight title
34 Win 32–2 Foijan Prawet KO 6 (12), 2:40 Apr 28, 2001 22 years, 132 days Kidapawan, Cotabato, Philippines Retained WBC International super bantamweight title
33 Win 31–2 Tetsutora Senrima TKO 5 (12), 1:06 Feb 24, 2001 22 years, 69 days Ynares Center, Antipolo, Philippines Retained WBC International super bantamweight title
32 Win 30–2 Nedal Hussein TKO 10 (12), 1:48 Oct 14, 2000 21 years, 302 days Ynares Center, Antipolo, Philippines Retained WBC International super bantamweight title
31 Win 29–2 Seung-Kon Chae TKO 1 (12), 1:42 Jun 28, 2000 21 years, 194 days Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Philippines Retained WBC International super bantamweight title
30 Win 28–2 Arnel Barotillo KO 4 (12) Mar 4, 2000 21 years, 78 days Ninoy Aquino Stadium, Manila, Philippines Retained WBC International super bantamweight title
29 Win 27–2 Reynante Jamili KO 2 (12) Dec 18, 1999 21 years, 1 day Elorde Sports Complex, Parañaque, Philippines Won vacant WBC International super bantamweight title
28 Loss 26–2 Medgoen Singsurat TKO 3 (12), 1:32 Sep 17, 1999 20 years, 274 days Pakpanag Metropolitan Stadium, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand
27 Win 26–1 Gabriel Mira TKO 4 (12), 2:45 Apr 24, 1999 20 years, 128 days Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Philippines Retained WBC flyweight title
26 Win 25–1 Todd Makelim TKO 3 (10), 2:52 Feb 20, 1999 20 years, 65 days Kidapawan, Philippines
25 Win 24–1 Chatchai Sasakul KO 8 (12), 2:54 Dec 4, 1998 19 years, 352 days Tonsuk College Ground, Phutthamonthon, Thailand Won WBC flyweight title
24 Win 23–1 Shin Terao TKO 1 (10), 2:59 May 18, 1998 19 years, 152 days Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
23 Win 22–1 Narong Datchthuyawat KO 1 (12), 1:38 Dec 6, 1997 18 years, 354 days South Cotabato Stadium, Koronadal, Philippines Retained OPBF flyweight title
22 Win 21–1 Melvin Magramo UD 10 Sep 13, 1997 18 years, 270 days Coliseum, Cebu City, Philippines
21 Win 20–1 Chokchai Chockvivat KO 5 (12), 2:46 Jun 26, 1997 18 years, 191 days Mandaluyong, Philippines Won OPBF flyweight title
20 Win 19–1 Ariel Austria TKO 6 (10) May 30, 1997 18 years, 164 days Almendras Gym, Davao City, Philippines
19 Win 18–1 Wook-Ki Lee KO 1 (10), 1:04 Apr 24, 1997 18 years, 128 days Ritsy's, Makati, Philippines
18 Win 17–1 Mike Luna KO 1 (10), 1:56 Mar 3, 1997 18 years, 76 days Muntinlupa, Philippines
17 Win 16–1 Sung-Yul Lee TKO 2 (10), 1:51 Dec 28, 1996 18 years, 11 days Muntinlupa, Philippines
16 Win 15–1 Ippo Gala TKO 2 (10) Jul 27, 1996 17 years, 223 days Mandaluyong, Philippines
15 Win 14–1 Bert Batiller TKO 4 (10) Jun 15, 1996 17 years, 181 days General Santos, Philippines
14 Win 13–1 John Medina TKO 4 (10) May 5, 1996 17 years, 140 days Malabon, Philippines
13 Win 12–1 Marlon Carillo UD 10 Apr 27, 1996 17 years, 132 days Malate Midtown Ramada Hotel, Manila, Philippines
12 Loss 11–1 Rustico Torrecampo KO 3 (10), 0:29 Feb 9, 1996 17 years, 54 days Mandaluyong, Philippines
11 Win 11–0 Lito Torrejos TD 5 (10) Jan 13, 1996 17 years, 27 days Parañaque, Philippines Torrejos was cut from accidental head clash
10 Win 10–0 Rolando Toyogon UD 10 Dec 9, 1995 16 years, 357 days Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines
9 Win 9–0 Rudolfo Fernandez TKO 3 (10) Nov 11, 1995 16 years, 329 days Mandaluyong, Philippines
8 Win 8–0 Renato Mendones TKO 2 (8) Oct 21, 1995 16 years, 308 days Puerto Princesa, Philippines
7 Win 7–0 Lolito Laroa UD 8 Oct 7, 1995 16 years, 294 days Makati, Philippines
6 Win 6–0 Armando Rocil KO 3 (8) Sep 16, 1995 16 years, 273 days Mandaluyong, Philippines
5 Win 5–0 Acasio Simbajon UD 6 Aug 3, 1995 16 years, 229 days Mandaluyong Sports Complex, Mandaluyong, Philippines
4 Win 4–0 Dele Decierto TKO 2 (6), 2:41 Jul 1, 1995 16 years, 196 days Mandaluyong, Philippines
3 Win 3–0 Rocky Palma UD 6 May 1, 1995 16 years, 135 days Montano Hall, Cavite City, Philippines
2 Win 2–0 Pinoy Montejo UD 4 Mar 18, 1995 16 years, 91 days Sablayan, Philippines
1 Win 1–0 Edmund Enting Ignacio UD 4 Jan 22, 1995 16 years, 36 days Sablayan, Philippines

National amateur boxing

Manny Pacquiao has never represented the Philippines in international amateur competition such as the Southeast Asian Games or the Summer Olympics.

Pacquiao 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 the request of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to the national sports officials on the Philippines at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

He had the opportunity to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil, when professional boxers under the age of 40 were allowed to compete in the games for the first time. However Pacquiao, decided not to compete to focus on his duties as an incumbent Senator.

Basketball career

On April 17, 2014, Pacquiao, a life-long passionate basketball fan, announced his intention to join the Philippine Basketball Association as the playing coach of Kia Motors Basketball team, an incoming expansion team for the PBA's 2014–15 season. As the team's head coach, he asked other teams to not draft him before Kia, and picked himself 11th overall in the first round of the 2014 PBA draft, being the oldest rookie to be ever drafted in the league's history. Pacquiao played basketball as part of his training before his matches and prior to his PBA stint, Pacquiao was named a honorary member of the Boston Celtics and established friendships with basketball Hall of Famers Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen when they visited him on his trainings & on dugouts.

On February 18, 2015, Pacquiao played briefly and scored one point when the Sorento pulled an 95–84 upset against Purefoods that tapped former NBA player Daniel Orton as their import for the conference, when asked about playing against Pacquiao he said that Pacquiao as a basketball player was a "mockery of the game and a joke". Orton was summoned and fined by PBA commissioner Chito Salud and was replaced immediately by his team.

On October 25, 2015, Pacquiao made his first field goal in the PBA in a 108–94 loss against the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. On August 21, 2016, Pacquiao scored a career-high four points in a 97–88 victory against the Blackwater Elite, also sinking the first three-point field goal in his career.

In 2018, although being rumored to transfer to Blackwater, Pacquiao officially announced his retirement from the league after playing just ten games in three seasons and scoring less than fifteen career points. On 2019, he played one game representing the Philippine Senate in a televised-amateur league and scored 12 points. He went on to start a career as a sports executive, when he founded the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League, a prominent semi-professional basketball league in the Philippines and announced that he is planning to own an NBA team after boxing retirement.

Political career

House of Representatives

On February 12, 2007, Pacquiao announced his campaign for a seat in the Philippine House of Representatives to represent the 1st District of South Cotabato province running as a candidate of the Liberal Party faction under Manila mayor Lito Atienza. Pacquiao said he was persuaded to run by the local officials of General Santos, hoping he would act as a bridge between their interests and the national government. Ultimately Pacquiao was forced to run under the Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino (KAMPI), a pro-Arroyo political party by the courts. Pacquiao was defeated in the election by incumbent Rep. Darlene Antonino-Custodio of the Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC), who said, "More than anything, I think, people weren't prepared to lose him as their boxing icon."

In preparation for his political career in the Filipino House of Representatives, Pacquiao enrolled in the Certificate Course in Development, Legislation, and Governance at the Development Academy of the Philippines – Graduate School of Public and Development Management (DAP-GSPDM).

Manny Pacquiao and Jinkee Pacquiao with U.S. Senators Harry Reid and Daniel Inouye

On November 21, 2009, Pacquiao announced that he would run again for a congressional seat, but this time in Sarangani province, the hometown of his wife Jinkee. In May 2010, Pacquiao was elected to the House of Representatives in the 15th Congress of the Philippines, representing the province of Sarangani. He scored a landslide victory over the wealthy and politically well-entrenched Chiongbian clan that had been in power in the province for more than thirty years. Pacquiao got 120,052 votes while his opponent for the seat, Roy Chiongbian, got 60,899 votes.

In 2013 he was re-elected to the 16th Congress of the Philippines. He ran unopposed. Additionally, his wife, Jinkee, was also elected as vice-governor of Sarangani, while his younger brother, Rogelio was defeated by incumbent Rep. Pedro Acharon of Team PNoy in second district race in South Cotabato which includes General Santos.

Because of other commitments, Pacquiao only attended one Congress session on the congress' final leg and was criticized for being the top absentee among lawmakers. Despite his poor attendance and low number of bills filed, he still announced his candidacy for Senator in the 2016 elections.


Senator Manny Pacquiao, as chair of the Senate Committee on Sports, discusses a proposal seeking to establish a Philippine Boxing Commission.

On October 5, 2015, Pacquiao formally declared that he was running for senator under the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) party of vice-president Jejomar Binay. On May 19, 2016, Pacquiao was formally elected as a senator by the Commission on Elections. Pacquiao garnered over 16 million votes, landing 7th among 12 new members of the Senate.

As a senator, he notably aligned himself with the Duterte government, facilitating on September 18, 2016, the ouster of Leila de Lima from the chairmanship of the Senate Justice committee and criticized de Lima's presentation on September 21 of the same year of an alleged member of the Davao Death Squad. He has been vocal about De Lima's alleged links with a purported drug lord, Kerwin Espinosa, an allegation that led to De Lima's arrest and detention. De Lima has been a member of the opposition in the Senate of the 17th and 18th Congress of the Philippines and a critic of Duterte; prior to her arrest, she had been investigating the Davao Death Squad as well as suspected extrajudicial killings within Duterte's War on Drugs. Meanwhile, in another Senate hearing, Pacquiao defended then-Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte from allegations of having a part, along with the vice mayor's alleged drinking buddy Charlie Tan and Kenneth Dong, in a 2017 seized ₱6.4-billion shipment of illegal drugs from Xiamen, China into the Philippines.

As of 2018, Pacquiao has filed a total of 31 Senate bills during the 17th Congress. And in a bill filed alongside Senator Bato dela Rosa and Bong Go, he backed the return of capital punishment into the lexicon of Philippine criminal law.

In June 2019, the Philippine Senate released a data showing Pacquiao as having the worst attendance record among all senators in the 17th Congress, reflecting a struggle Pacquiao had since he was a congressman.

During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Pacquiao worked with Alibaba Group co-founder Jack Ma to help bring to the Philippines 50,000 COVID-19 test kits through their respective charity foundations.

In December 2020, Pacquiao became Acting President of the ruling party PDP-Laban after Koko Pimentel resigned. After speculations spread around a possible Pacquiao run for president, backed by the senator's own expression of interest in a presidential bid for the 2022 presidential election, Pacquiao began to be critical of the Duterte administration.

In June 2021, he expressed belief that Duterte's response towards China's claims in the South China Sea was lacking. Duterte rebuked Pacquiao for the statement, saying the latter lacked knowledge in foreign policy. The President also responded to a claim attributed to Pacquiao that the Duterte administration is more corrupt than those by his predecessors; Duterte challenged Pacquiao to name certain individuals or agencies, otherwise he will launch a negative campaign against the senator in the 2022 elections.

Pacquiao lost his position of party president of PDP-Laban on July 17 to the Secretary of Energy, Alfonso Cusi, after the latter's faction called for a vote. Melvin Matibag, the deputy secretary-general of PDP-Laban, defended the vote, saying it was organized because the term limits of the party's officials had already expired.

Presidential bid

Pacquiao announced his presidential bid on 19 September 2021, during the National Assembly of the PDP-Laban.[14] Due to party in-fighting between the faction of Pacquiao and that of Department of Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, he decided to run under the Progressive Movement for the Devolution of Initiatives (PROMDI). His running mate is former Manila Mayor Lito Atienza.

Entertainment career

Acting and hosting career

With growing fame, Pacquiao became a celebrity and was obligated to start his acting and hosting career with guest appearances on ABS-CBN shows. He signed a contract as an actor & host with ABS-CBN short-after.

In December 2005, Pacquiao took his first lead role in Violett Films' Lisensyadong Kamao (Licensed Fist). The film is titled so because (according to director Tony Bernal), being a boxer, Pacquiao is licensed to use his hands.[citation needed]

In 2008, Pacquiao starred with Ara Mina and Valerie Concepcion in Anak ng Kumander (Child of a Commander). The movie was not a commercial success and was panned by critics.[citation needed]

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. Like his previous films, Wapakman was not commercially successful.

Upon the expiration of his contract with ABS-CBN, Pacquiao signed with GMA Network as an actor and host in September 2007. On December 17, 2007, he taped his first episode of the networks infotainment show Pinoy Records. His other projects with the network included Totoy Bato and the sitcom Show Me Da Manny, where he appeared as Marian Rivera's onscreen loveteam, and in which his mother, Dionisia, also appeared. He also hosted his own game show Manny Many Prizes where he gave out prizes to his audience.

In 2020, he was cast to portray General Miguel Malvar in the upcoming biopic film Malvar: Tuloy ang Laban about the Philippine hero, which gained mixed reactions from the Malvar family. Gabriel, grandson of General Malvar’s youngest child Pablo, worries that Pacquiao's fame might overshadow his movie character. While Villegas, son of Malvar’s daughter Isabel, supports the casting.

Music career

Pacquiao recorded songs to use as entrance music for his fights and released them on two albums that were certified platinum locally in the Philippines. Most of the Tagalog songs of Pacquiao were composed by Lito Camo who wrote Pacquiao's biggest hit and primarily known song "Para Sayo Ang Laban Na 'To".

On November 3, 2009, Pacquiao covered "Sometimes When We Touch, originally by Dan Hill, on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, that marked his first singing performance in American TV, he went back to the late-night talk show on March 3, 2010 to cover another song "Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You. He would later record Dan Hill's hit in April 2011 as a single which reached number 19 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. It made Pacquiao one of the few Southeast Asians to enter a US Billboard chart. He also appeared with Will Ferrell and sang Imagine by John Lennon for his third guesting in the show.His appearances on the show led to Canadian rapper Drake impersonating him and making fun of his singing by creating a parody. Pacquiao responded by posting another video of himself singing.

On 2015, he released an extended play that featured his own recorded entrance song for his fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. and shortly announced his retirement from music, being quoted saying "I love music, but music is not for me".

The following are Manny Pacquiao's albums from 2006 to 2015:



* Laban Nating Lahat Ito (2006) – under Star Records


* Pac-Man Punch (2007) – under MCA Records


* Lalaban Ako Para Sa Pilipino extended play (2015) – under GMA Records


Pacquiao has a YouTube channel with 500,000 subscribers as of June 2021. The Pacquiao family constantly posts content about their activities together in their own separate YouTube channels. His daughter, Mary and his wife Jinkee both have one million subscribers and his sons Jimuel and Michael each have fewer than 600,000.

In popular culture

Film and television

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. The film flopped at the box office, grossing a total of only P4,812,191 (approximately US$99,322), as confirmed by Lamangan.

Another film, based on Pacquiao's early life in boxing, Kid Kulafu, was released on April 15, 2015, featuring young actor Robert Villar as Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao. The film dramatizes the life of the Filipino boxing superstar during his childhood.

A documentary entitled "Manny", which featured Pacquiao's early life as well as his boxing and political career, was released with Liam Neeson as the narrator.

Video games

Pacquiao has featured in the Fight Night boxing video game franchise as a playable character. The playable character Paquito, in the mobile game, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang was also inspired from Pacquiao. A skin was also made available for Paquito which changes the character's appearance to that of the real life boxer. Filipino game developer Ranida Games announced in 2021 that a mobile game revolving around Pacquiao's boxing career Fighting Pride: The Manny Pacquiao Saga is in the works.


Pacquiao was one of Time's 100 most influential people for the year 2009, for his exploits in boxing and his influence among the Filipino people. Pacquiao was also included by Forbes in its annual Celebrity 100 list for the year 2009, joining Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie and fellow athletes Woods and Bryant.

Pacquiao has also appeared on 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." Pacquiao became the eighth Filipino to grace the cover of the prestigious magazine, after former Philippine presidents Manuel L. Quezon, Ramon Magsaysay, Ferdinand Marcos, Corazon Aquino, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III 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 in November 2008, before Pacquiao's epic match against De La Hoya.


Pacquiao is also mentioned in some hip hop tracks including Kool A.D.'s song entitled "Manny Pacquiao" on his mixtape, 51. A few notable ones are Pitbull's "Get It Started", A$AP Rocky's "Phoenix", Bad Meets Evil and Bruno Mars' "Lighters", Eminem and Skylar Grey's "Asshole", Future's "Never Gon' Lose", Migos' "Chinatown", Nicki Minaj and Ciara's "I'm Legit" and Rick Ross's "High Definition", Jelo Acosta's "Just Like Manny P" to name a few.


Pacquiao became the first Filipino athlete to appear on a postage stamp.

A video clip of Pacquiao greeting his followers for New Year's Eve was used as a meme in the Internet.


Taxation issues

On November 26, 2013, a few days after Pacquiao's victory over Brandon Ríos, the Philippine Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) issued a freeze order on all of Pacquiao's Philippine bank accounts due to his alleged failure to pay ₱2.2 billion in taxes for earnings he made in his fights in the United States from 2008 to 2009. A day after the bank account freeze, the BIR also issued an order to freeze all of Pacquiao's Philippine properties, whereupon Pacquiao presented documents to the press showing the income tax for non-resident alien payment by his promoter to the BIR's US counterpart, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), as well as a letter from Bob Arum. In April 2017, Pacquiao, now a senator, approached Philippine authorities in an attempt to settle the case. The BIR had maintained that taxes were due even if all taxes had been paid to the IRS in the first place.

Homosexuality comments

In February 2016, Pacquiao, in a video statement posted by TV5, made a comment on the issue of same-sex marriage. Pacquiao, in vernacular, described people in same-sex marriages as behaving worse than animals because, he said, animals generally do not have same-sex mating. LGBT celebrities criticized the statements of the senatorial candidate. Pacquiao later apologized and stated that while, as a Christian, he is still against same-sex marriage, which he said is against Biblical teachings, he did not condemn gay people themselves. Nike ended their longtime partnership with Pacquiao, stating his comments against gay people were abhorrent. The Grove at Farmers Market in Los Angeles also banned Pacquiao from the shopping mall.

Towards the end of the video, Pacquiao clarified that he is not condemning gay people.

...but I am not condemning them, just the marriage which is a sin against God.

— Continuation of Manny Pacquiao's stand on same-sex marriage in a video statement by TV5 posted later on February 19, 2016.

Personal life


Pacquiao married Jinkee Jamora on May 10, 1999. Together, they have five children, Emmanuel Jr. (Jimuel), Michael Stephen, Mary Divine Grace (Princess) who is a popular YouTube vlogger with millions of subscribers and started the Pacquiao family's network of YouTube content, Queen Elizabeth (Queenie) and Israel. His first son, Jimuel, also rose to celebrity fame as an amateur boxer, model & actor, while his second son, Michael, is a rapper, who has amassed tens of millions of streams with his songs. His daughter, Queenie, was born in the United States. He resides in his hometown of General Santos, South Cotabato, Philippines. As the congressman representing the lone district of Sarangani from 2010–2016, he officially resided in Kiamba, Sarangani, the hometown of his wife. Upon his election to the Senate of the Philippines, he returned his official residence to General Santos, as Senators are elected on a nationwide basis, rather than by district.

Tertiary education

On December 11, 2019, Pacquiao graduated from University of Makati with a bachelor's degree in political science; majoring in local government administration through the Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency and Accreditation Program (ETEEAP) of the Philippine Councilors League-Legislative Academy (PCCLA) which allows qualified Filipinos to complete a collegiate-level education via informal education system.


Raised in the Catholic faith, Pacquiao is currently practicing and preaching evangelical Protestantism. Pacquiao said he once had a dream where he saw a pair of angels and heard the voice of God—this dream convinced him to become a devout believer.

Military service

Pacquiao enlisted as a military reservist and was promoted with the rank of colonel in the Reserve Force of the Philippine Army. Prior to being promoted to full colonel after finishing his General Staff Course (GSC) schooling, he held the rank of lieutenant colonel for being a member of the Philippine Congress as per the AFP's regulations for reservist officers. He first entered the army's reserve force on April 27, 2006, as a sergeant. Later, he rose to Technical Sergeant on December 1 of the same year. On October 7, 2007, he became a Master Sergeant, the highest rank for enlisted personnel. On May 4, 2009, he was given the special rank of Senior Master Sergeant and was also designated as the Command Sergeant Major of the 15th Ready Reserve Division.

Awards and recognitions


  • 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
  • 2007 World Boxing Hall of Fame 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 ESPN Knockout of the Year (in Round 2 against Ricky Hatton)
  • 2009 and 2011 ESPY Awards Best Fighter
  • 2009 and 2015 Forbes magazine World's Highest-Paid Athletes (ranked 6th and 2nd)
  • 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, 2012 and 2015 Forbes magazine Celebrity 100 (The World's Most Powerful Celebrity) (ranked 57th, 55th, 33rd and 2nd)
  • 2010 World Boxing Organization Fighter of the Year
  • 2010 Yahoo! Sports Boxing's Most Influential (ranked 25th)
  • 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015 The Ring Magazine Event of the year
  • 2011 Las Vegas Walk of Stars Awardee
  • 2011 Guinness World Records Most boxing world titles in different weight divisions (8 times; since November 13, 2010)
  • 2012 Laredo Asian Association Special Recognition Award
  • 2013 On The Ropes Boxing Awards Comeback Fighter of the Year
  • 2013 The Ring magazine Comeback of the Year
  • 2014, 2015 and 2016 Reader's Digest Asia Pacific Most Trusted Sports Personality
  • 2014 On The Ropes Boxing Awards Fighter of the Year
  • 2014 PublicAffairsAsia HP Gold Standard Award for Communicator of the Year
  • 2015 Asia Society's Asia Game Changer of the Year
  • 2016 Forbes magazine Boxing's MVPs (ranked 4th)
  • 2019 Forbes magazine Highest Paid Athletes of the Decade (ranked 8th)
  • 2019 World Boxing News Fighter of the year


  • 2000–2009 Philippine Sportswriters Association Athlete of the Decade
  • 2000–2009 Gabriel "Flash" Elorde Memorial Boxer of the Decade
  • 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 Gabriel "Flash" Elorde Memorial Boxer of the Year
  • 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)
  • 2006 Eastwood City Walk of Fame Awardee
  • 2006 36th GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards People's Hero Award
  • 2008 Gabriel "Flash" Elorde Memorial Hall of Fame Awardee
  • 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 Gabriel "Flash" Elorde Memorial Best Pound For Pound Boxer Award
  • 2009 25th Philippine Movie Press Club Star Awards for Movies Newsmaker of the Year
  • 2009 Order of Sikatuna with the rank of Datu (Grand Cross with Gold Distinction)
  • 2009 Southwestern University – honorary degree
  • 2010–2019 Philippine Sportswriters Association Athlete of the Decade
  • 2011 Gabriel "Flash" Elorde Memorial "Quintessential Athlete" Award
  • 2012 Gabriel "Flash" Elorde Memorial "Man of Others" Award
  • 2013, 2016 and 2018 Gabriel "Flash" Elorde Memorial Award of Distinction
  • 2015 MEGA Man Magazine Man of the Year
  • 2017 Bawas Bisyo Youth for Sin Tax Movement Anti-smoking champion
  • 2018 League of Municipalities of the Philippines – Cebu "Cebuano Heritage Award for Manny Pacquiao"
  • 2019 50th GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Global Achievement by a Filipino Award
  • 2020 Clean Air Philippines Movement, Inc. (CAPMI) "Clean Air Champion" award
  • 2021 Philippine Sportswriters Association Chooks-to-Go Fan Favorite "Manok ng Bayan" Award

Guinness Book of Records

Manny Paquiao is a holder of six guinness book world records. He has the most consecutive boxing world title fight victories at different weights at 15, between 2005 and 2011; he is named the oldest welterweight boxing world champion when he claimed the WBA Welterweight title aged 40 years 215 days on 20 July 2019; he has the most boxing world titles won in different weight divisions with eight, when he defeated Antonio Margarito (USA) to win the WBC Super Welterweight title on 13 November 2010. He has also held sanctioned belts in the WBC Flyweight, Super Featherweight and Lightweight divisions, plus The Ring Featherweight, IBF Super Bantamweight, IBO and The Ring Light Welterweight and WBO Welterweight. He recorded the highest selling pay-per-view boxing match in a Welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, on 02 May 2015, and the highest revenue earned from ticket sales for a boxing match from ticket sales title fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, on 02 May 2015.

Electoral history

Party Candidate Votes %
NPC Darlene Antonino-Custodio 139,061 64.49
Liberal Manny Pacquiao 75,908 35.51
Valid ballots 214,969 100.00
NPC hold
Party Candidate Votes %
PCM Manny Pacquiao 120,052 66.35
SARRO Roy Chiongbian 60,899 33.65
Valid ballots 180,591 97.57
Invalid or blank votes 4,499 2.43
Total votes 180,951 100.00
PCM gain from SARRO
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UNA Manny Pacquiao 144,926
Margin of victory
Rejected ballots 47,085
Turnout 192,011 100
UNA hold Swing



Year Title Role Notes
TBA Freedom Fighters Col. Macario Peralta, Jr.
TBA Malvar Gen. Miguel Malvar
2015 Manny Himself Documentary film
2009 Wapakman Magno Meneses/Wapakman 35th Metro Manila Film Festival entry
2008 Pangarap Kong Jackpot Abel Segment "Sa Ngalan ng Busabos"
Brown Soup Thing Cousin Manny
Anak ng Kumander Kumander Idel Story
2005 Lisensyadong Kamao Ambrocio "Bruce" Lerio
2001 Basagan ng Mukha Dodong
Mahal Kita... Kahit Sino Ka Pa! Dong
2000 Di Ko Kayang Tanggapin Dong


Year Title Role Network
2019 ASAP Natin To' Performer ABS-CBN
2017–2019 Stories for the Soul Host GMA Network
2014–2015 MP Featuring Sport Science Host
2013 Para sa 'Yo ang Laban na Ito Host
2011–2012 Manny Many Prizes Host
2009–2011 Show Me Da Manny Manuel "Manny" Santos
2009 Totoy Bato Emmanuel
2007–2010 Pinoy Records Host
2005 Kamao: Matira Ang Matibay Host ABS-CBN

TV documentary film

Year Title Role Notes
2019 PBC Fight Camp: Pacquiao vs. Thurman Himself TV documentary – Fox
2019 All Access: Pacquiao vs. Broner Himself TV documentary – Showtime
2015 Pacman: Laban Kung Laban Himself TV documentary – ABS-CBN
2015 At Last: Mayweather vs. Pacquiao Himself TV documentary – HBO
2015 Inside Mayweather vs. Pacquiao Himself TV documentary – Showtime
2014 24/7: Pacquiao/Algieri Himself TV documentary – HBO
2014 24/7: Pacquiao/Bradley 2 Himself TV documentary – HBO
2013 24/7: Pacquiao/Rios Himself TV documentary – HBO
2012 24/7: Pacquiao/Marquez 4 Himself TV documentary – HBO
2012 24/7: Pacquiao/Bradley Himself TV documentary – HBO
2012 The Fighters Himself TV documentary – CNN
2012 I Am Bruce Lee Himself TV documentary – History
2011 24/7: Pacquiao/Marquez Himself TV documentary – HBO
2011 Fight Camp 360°: Pacquiao vs. Mosley Himself TV documentary – Showtime
2010 24/7: Pacquiao/Margarito Himself TV documentary – HBO
2010 Road to Dallas: Pacquiao vs. Clottey Himself TV documentary – HBO
2010 Manny Pacquiao Himself TV documentary – BIO Channel
2009 24/7: Pacquiao/Cotto Himself TV documentary – HBO
2009 3 Kings: Viloria, Pacquiao, Donaire Himself TV documentary – C/S 9
2009 Team Pacquiao Himself TV documentary – GMA Network
2009 24/7: Pacquiao/Hatton Himself TV documentary – HBO
2008 24/7: De La Hoya/Pacquiao Himself TV documentary – HBO
2008 Countdown to Pacquiao-Marquez 2 Himself TV documentary – HBO
2007 Countdown to Pacquiao-Barrera 2 Himself TV documentary – HBO
2006 Countdown to Pacquiao-Morales 3 Himself TV documentary – HBO
2004 The People's Champion Himself Video documentary – VIVA Films
2004 No Fear: The Manny Pacquiao Story Himself Video documentary – VIVA Films

Basketball stats

  GP Games played   GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
FG% Field-goal percentage 3P% 3-point field-goal percentage FT% Free-throw percentage
RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high

PBA season-by-season averages

Correct as of February 18, 2018

2014–15 Kia Picanto/Carnival 4 6.1 .000 .000 .500 .5 .3 .0 .0 .3
2015–16 Mahindra Enforcer 5 5.3 .200 .250 .500 .4 .2 .0 .0 1.2
2016–17 Mahindra Floodbuster 1 8.6 .750 .000 .000 1.0 .0 .0 .0 6.0
Career 10 5.9 .125 .125 .400 .5 .2 .0 .0 1.3

UNTV Cup season-by-season averages

Correct as of February 2, 2019

2018-19 Senate Defenders 1 0 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 12.0
Career 1 0 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 12.0



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