Manny Pacquiao Biography, Stats, and Career Highlights


Manny Pacquiao is one of the most well know professional fighters and the first fighter in the history of the sport of boxing to win seven world titles in seven different divisions. He grew up in Kibawe, Philippines and was the second oldest of his three siblings. Eventually, his family would relocate to General Santo City to find work.

While in General Santo City, Manny’s father would leave the family and Manny would discover boxing. At the age of 13, Manny was forced to quit school and work in the streets. A friend of Manny’s, Abner Cordero and his father, took him under their wing and formally introduced Manny to the sport of boxing.

At the age of 14, Manny was given the opportunity to fight in an amateur league in Manila. Knowing that his mom and siblings wouldn’t approve, he left his family a note and ran away to pursue his dreams of becoming a professional fighter.

Manila Amature Boxing

Once in Manila, Manny was forced to live in the training gym because of his financial situation. At first, Manny was unable to make living boxing and had to resort to scraping metal in a junkyard. Eventually, he would get an offer to appear on a national boxing show called “blow by blow”.

Early Professional Career

On January 22, 1995, Manny would make his professional boxing debut on the show at the age of 16. He was quick to grab attention because of his explosive style and determination. Manny was praised for his offense and quick attack that would eventually become his staple in the boxing industry.

After several years in Manila and 23 wins under his belt, Manny would eventually get a title fight in Thailand. Manny would eventually win the bout and become the new WBC Flyweight champion. This fight would win him notoriety back in the Philippines and set Manny up for bigger and better things.

Journey To The USA

In early 2001, Manny left the Philippines for the United States in pursuit of bigger fights. He landed in San Francisco but had a hard time finding a promoter willing to spend time and risk the investment in his skills. Eventually, Manny would discover the Wildcard Gym and trainer Freddy Roach.

Start Of A Legacy

Manny’s first fight in the USA was a pick-up fight where he filled in for a guy who dropped out. He had two weeks to prepare for his fight against Super Bantamweight title holder Lehlohonolo Ledwaba. The fight would end with Manny delivering a knockout blow in the 6th round. The fight brought a lot of attention to Manny in the United States and would lead to many more professional boxing bouts with trainer Freddy Roach.

Career Highlights

Marco Barrera – On November 15th, 2003, Manny put on his gloves to fight Marco Barrera in what would later be known as the fight that jump-started Manny’s career. Manny won the fight with a TKO in the 11th round making him the first Filipino to become a three-division world champion.

Erik Morales – On March 19th, 2005, Manny fought Morales, a three-division champion, for the Super featherweight title. Manny would lose the fight to a decision but would bounce back and defeat Morales two times over the course of his career.

Oscar De La Hoya – In December of 2008, Manny would move up to the welterweight division for a bout against De La Hoya. Many people doubted Manny could keep up in a higher weight class, but Manny proved them all wrong when he dominated the fight and forced De La Hoya’s corner to throw in the towel after eight rounds.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. – On May 2nd, 2015, Manny would fight Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. in what would become one of the biggest grossing fights of the modern boxing era and billed as the “Fight of the Century”. In the end, Mayweather got the victory due to a decision, but many fans felt like Manny won the fight. After the fight, Manny told reporters that he thought he had won the fight. He said he fought bigger and caught him more times then he caught him. To this day, many fans dispute the judge’s decision of the fight.

After the fight, there were rumors swirling that Mayweather took performance-enhancing drugs among other things. There is also evidence that Mayweather took a shot after the weigh-in to rehydrate himself faster. Not long after Manny’s fight with Mayweather, he announced he would be taking a break from the sport.

Senator Pacquiao’s Comeback

After being elected Senator in the Philippines Manny would make his return to the sport that brought him fame and fortune. On November 5th, 2015, Manny fought Jessie Vargas and won the WBO welterweight title for the third time by a unanimous decision.

Jeff Horn – On July 2nd, 2017, Manny would fight Jeff Horn in what was billed as the “Battle of Brisbane”. The fight would go down to a judges decision in which Jeff Horn was awarded the victory. Fans did not like the decision due to what they saw and to this day, many people still believe Pacquiao won the fight. Manny announced after the fight that he respects the judge’s decision and would be soon enacting the rematch clause.

Manny has recently called for a fight with many top names in boxing and in the mixed martial arts world. Manny has been asking for a rematch with Mayweather Jr. and recently started provoking a fight online with Conor McGregor.

Humanitarian Work

Since the start of his career, Manny has always had the interest of others in his mind. From sending his mom money from the fights he won to protecting his little brother from bullies at school, Manny has always been there for his family and others in need. Over the course of his decorated boxing career, Manny has estimated that he has given away at least $200 million USD for charity reasons. Below you will find some of his humanitarian efforts and accolades that he has received over the years.

  • Built over 1,000 homes for poor Filipinos
  • Helped in recovery efforts after Mindanao typhoon
  • Helped local fishermen purchase new boats
  • Bought Manila gym and built dorms for amateur Filipino boxers
  • Donates 1 million PHP to GenSan Hospital after every fight.
  • Named Habitat Hero Ambassador for HFH Philippines

Next Fight

Pacquiao's next fight

Manny Pacquiao (60-7-2) is scheduled to face Adrien Broner (33-3-1) on January 19th, 2019 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight will be broadcast on Showtime PPV.  Pacquiao’s fights are usually covered in the betting lines at BetOnline Sportsbook, one of the Philippine’s leading betting destinations.

List Of Past Fights –

ResultOpponentTypeRound, timeDate
N/A Adrien BronerN/A– (12)Jan 19, 2019
Win Lucas MatthysseTKO7 (12), 2:43Jul 15, 2018
Loss Jeff HornUD12Jul 2, 2017
Win Jessie VargasUD12Nov 5, 2016
Win Timothy BradleyUD12Apr 9, 2016
Loss Floyd Mayweather Jr.UD12May 2, 2015
Win Chris AlgieriUD12Nov 23, 2014
Win Timothy BradleyUD12Apr 12, 2014
Win Brandon RíosUD12Nov 24, 2013
Loss Juan Manuel MárquezKO6 (12), 2:59Dec 8, 2012
Loss Timothy BradleySD12Jun 9, 2012
Win Juan Manuel MárquezMD12Nov 12, 2011
Win Shane MosleyUD12May 7, 2011
Win Antonio MargaritoUD12Nov 13, 2010
Win Joshua ClotteyUD12Mar 13, 2010
Win Miguel CottoTKO12 (12), 0:55Nov 14, 2009
Win Ricky HattonKO2 (12), 2:59May 2, 2009
Win Oscar De La HoyaRTD8 (12), 3:00Dec 6, 2008
Win David DíazTKO9 (12), 2:24Jun 28, 2008
Win Juan Manuel MárquezSD12Mar 15, 2008
Win Marco Antonio BarreraUD12Oct 6, 2007
Win Jorge SolísKO8 (12), 1:16Apr 14, 2007
Win Érik MoralesKO3 (12), 2:57Nov 18, 2006
Win Óscar LariosUD12Jul 2, 2006
Win Érik MoralesTKO10 (12), 2:33Jan 21, 2006
Win Héctor VelázquezTKO6 (12), 2:59Sep 10, 2005
Loss Érik MoralesUD12Mar 19, 2005
Win Narongrit PirangTKO4 (12), 1:26Dec 11, 2004
Draw Juan Manuel MárquezSD12May 8, 2004
Win Marco Antonio BarreraTKO11 (12), 2:56Nov 15, 2003
Win Emmanuel LuceroKO3 (12), 0:48Jul 26, 2003
Win Serikzhan YeshmagambetovTKO5 (10), 1:52Mar 15, 2003
Win Fahprakorb RakkiatgymKO1 (12), 2:46Oct 26, 2002
Win Jorge Eliecer JulioTKO2 (12), 1:09Jun 8, 2002
Draw Agapito SánchezTD6 (12), 1:12Nov 10, 2001
Win Lehlohonolo LedwabaTKO6 (12), 0:59Jun 23, 2001
Win Foijan PrawetKO6 (12), 2:40Apr 28, 2001
Win Tetsutora SenrimaTKO5 (12), 1:06Feb 24, 2001
Win Nedal HusseinTKO10 (12), 1:48Oct 14, 2000
Win Seung-Kon ChaeTKO1 (12), 1:42Jun 28, 2000
Win Arnel BarotilloKO4 (12)Mar 4, 2000
Win Reynante JamiliKO2 (12)Dec 18, 1999
Loss Medgoen SingsuratTKO3 (12), 1:32Sep 17, 1999
Win Gabriel MiraTKO4 (12), 2:45Apr 24, 1999
Win Todd MakelimTKO3 (10), 2:52Feb 20, 1999
Win Chatchai SasakulKO8 (12), 2:54Dec 4, 1998
Win Shin TeraoTKO1 (10), 2:59May 18, 1998
Win Narong DatchthuyawatKO1 (12), 1:38Dec 6, 1997
Win Melvin MagramoUD10Sep 13, 1997
Win Chokchai ChockvivatKO5 (12), 2:46Jun 26, 1997
Win Ariel AustriaTKO6 (10)May 30, 1997
Win Wook-Ki LeeKO1 (10), 1:04Apr 24, 1997
Win Mike LunaKO1 (10), 1:56Mar 3, 1997
Win Sung-Yul LeeTKO2 (10), 1:51Dec 28, 1996
Win Ippo GalaTKO2 (10)Jul 27, 1996
Win Bert BatillerTKO4 (10)Jun 15, 1996
Win John MedinaTKO4 (10)May 5, 1996
Win Marlon CarilloUD10Apr 27, 1996
Loss Rustico TorrecampoKO3 (10), 0:29Feb 9, 1996
Win Lito TorrejosTD5 (10)Jan 13, 1996
Win Rolando ToyogonUD10Dec 9, 1995
Win Rudolfo FernandezTKO3 (10)Nov 11, 1995
Win Renato MendonesTKO2 (8)Oct 21, 1995
Win Lolito LaroaUD8Oct 7, 1995
Win Armando RocilKO3 (8)Sep 16, 1995
Win Acasio SimbajonUD6Aug 3, 1995
Win Dele DeciertoTKO2 (6), 2:41Jul 1, 1995
Win Rocky PalmaUD6May 1, 1995
Win Pinoy MontejoUD4Mar 18, 1995
Win Edmund Enting IgnacioUD4Jan 22, 1995