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.
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.
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
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 –
|N/A||Adrien Broner||N/A||– (12)||Jan 19, 2019|
|Win||Lucas Matthysse||TKO||7 (12), 2:43||Jul 15, 2018|
|Loss||Jeff Horn||UD||12||Jul 2, 2017|
|Win||Jessie Vargas||UD||12||Nov 5, 2016|
|Win||Timothy Bradley||UD||12||Apr 9, 2016|
|Loss||Floyd Mayweather Jr.||UD||12||May 2, 2015|
|Win||Chris Algieri||UD||12||Nov 23, 2014|
|Win||Timothy Bradley||UD||12||Apr 12, 2014|
|Win||Brandon Ríos||UD||12||Nov 24, 2013|
|Loss||Juan Manuel Márquez||KO||6 (12), 2:59||Dec 8, 2012|
|Loss||Timothy Bradley||SD||12||Jun 9, 2012|
|Win||Juan Manuel Márquez||MD||12||Nov 12, 2011|
|Win||Shane Mosley||UD||12||May 7, 2011|
|Win||Antonio Margarito||UD||12||Nov 13, 2010|
|Win||Joshua Clottey||UD||12||Mar 13, 2010|
|Win||Miguel Cotto||TKO||12 (12), 0:55||Nov 14, 2009|
|Win||Ricky Hatton||KO||2 (12), 2:59||May 2, 2009|
|Win||Oscar De La Hoya||RTD||8 (12), 3:00||Dec 6, 2008|
|Win||David Díaz||TKO||9 (12), 2:24||Jun 28, 2008|
|Win||Juan Manuel Márquez||SD||12||Mar 15, 2008|
|Win||Marco Antonio Barrera||UD||12||Oct 6, 2007|
|Win||Jorge Solís||KO||8 (12), 1:16||Apr 14, 2007|
|Win||Érik Morales||KO||3 (12), 2:57||Nov 18, 2006|
|Win||Óscar Larios||UD||12||Jul 2, 2006|
|Win||Érik Morales||TKO||10 (12), 2:33||Jan 21, 2006|
|Win||Héctor Velázquez||TKO||6 (12), 2:59||Sep 10, 2005|
|Loss||Érik Morales||UD||12||Mar 19, 2005|
|Win||Narongrit Pirang||TKO||4 (12), 1:26||Dec 11, 2004|
|Draw||Juan Manuel Márquez||SD||12||May 8, 2004|
|Win||Marco Antonio Barrera||TKO||11 (12), 2:56||Nov 15, 2003|
|Win||Emmanuel Lucero||KO||3 (12), 0:48||Jul 26, 2003|
|Win||Serikzhan Yeshmagambetov||TKO||5 (10), 1:52||Mar 15, 2003|
|Win||Fahprakorb Rakkiatgym||KO||1 (12), 2:46||Oct 26, 2002|
|Win||Jorge Eliecer Julio||TKO||2 (12), 1:09||Jun 8, 2002|
|Draw||Agapito Sánchez||TD||6 (12), 1:12||Nov 10, 2001|
|Win||Lehlohonolo Ledwaba||TKO||6 (12), 0:59||Jun 23, 2001|
|Win||Foijan Prawet||KO||6 (12), 2:40||Apr 28, 2001|
|Win||Tetsutora Senrima||TKO||5 (12), 1:06||Feb 24, 2001|
|Win||Nedal Hussein||TKO||10 (12), 1:48||Oct 14, 2000|
|Win||Seung-Kon Chae||TKO||1 (12), 1:42||Jun 28, 2000|
|Win||Arnel Barotillo||KO||4 (12)||Mar 4, 2000|
|Win||Reynante Jamili||KO||2 (12)||Dec 18, 1999|
|Loss||Medgoen Singsurat||TKO||3 (12), 1:32||Sep 17, 1999|
|Win||Gabriel Mira||TKO||4 (12), 2:45||Apr 24, 1999|
|Win||Todd Makelim||TKO||3 (10), 2:52||Feb 20, 1999|
|Win||Chatchai Sasakul||KO||8 (12), 2:54||Dec 4, 1998|
|Win||Shin Terao||TKO||1 (10), 2:59||May 18, 1998|
|Win||Narong Datchthuyawat||KO||1 (12), 1:38||Dec 6, 1997|
|Win||Melvin Magramo||UD||10||Sep 13, 1997|
|Win||Chokchai Chockvivat||KO||5 (12), 2:46||Jun 26, 1997|
|Win||Ariel Austria||TKO||6 (10)||May 30, 1997|
|Win||Wook-Ki Lee||KO||1 (10), 1:04||Apr 24, 1997|
|Win||Mike Luna||KO||1 (10), 1:56||Mar 3, 1997|
|Win||Sung-Yul Lee||TKO||2 (10), 1:51||Dec 28, 1996|
|Win||Ippo Gala||TKO||2 (10)||Jul 27, 1996|
|Win||Bert Batiller||TKO||4 (10)||Jun 15, 1996|
|Win||John Medina||TKO||4 (10)||May 5, 1996|
|Win||Marlon Carillo||UD||10||Apr 27, 1996|
|Loss||Rustico Torrecampo||KO||3 (10), 0:29||Feb 9, 1996|
|Win||Lito Torrejos||TD||5 (10)||Jan 13, 1996|
|Win||Rolando Toyogon||UD||10||Dec 9, 1995|
|Win||Rudolfo Fernandez||TKO||3 (10)||Nov 11, 1995|
|Win||Renato Mendones||TKO||2 (8)||Oct 21, 1995|
|Win||Lolito Laroa||UD||8||Oct 7, 1995|
|Win||Armando Rocil||KO||3 (8)||Sep 16, 1995|
|Win||Acasio Simbajon||UD||6||Aug 3, 1995|
|Win||Dele Decierto||TKO||2 (6), 2:41||Jul 1, 1995|
|Win||Rocky Palma||UD||6||May 1, 1995|
|Win||Pinoy Montejo||UD||4||Mar 18, 1995|
|Win||Edmund Enting Ignacio||UD||4||Jan 22, 1995|