Manny Pacquiao is a Filipino professional boxer, currently residing in the Philippines. He was born on December 17th 1978 in Kibawe, Bukidnon, Philippines and is part of an ethnic group called Igorot. He has won eight world titles in different weight divisions.
Pacquiao became a professional boxer in 1995 and had his first fight at the age of 16 in 1996 with Augustine Ampales as his opponent. This match was held in Laguna province where he beat his opponent after 76 seconds into the ring when Ampales’ corner ended the match by throwing a towel onto the ring flooring as a sign for surrender. After this debut victory Pacquaio went on to win 18 more matches before losing against Rustico Torrecampo in 1998.
In 2001 Pacquiao had his first world title match against IBF super bantamweight champion Lehlohonolo Ledwaba and won the fight after 12 rounds via unanimous decision on October of that year and became a new world champion at the age of 22.
Despite an early defeat to Rustico Torrecampo, Pacquiao went on to triumph in his next 15 matches. After defeating Chatchai Sasakul, he won his first significant championship, and in 2001, he also took home the super bantamweight crown. He made his featherweight debut in 2003, defeating Antonio Barrera via technical knockout in the eleventh round.
In 2005, Pacquiao stepped up to super featherweight to take on Erik Morales. Despite losing the first match with his opponent, he prevailed in 2006. Pacquiao defeated Morales in 2006 after successfully defending the belt against several opponents.
He defended his title 7 times before losing it on January 14th 2005 to Erik Morales by split decision which he went on to win their rematch. He then successfully defended his WBC International Super Featherweight Title against Mexican boxer David Velarde with a second round knockout, and later held his own United States Boxing Organization (USBO) lightweight title defeating another Mexican fighter Jose Luis Castillo for this championship. After this he moved up to the light welterweight division and defeated another Mexican fighter Juan Manuel Marquez who was a three weight world champion with a split decision win.
WBC welterweight champion Luis Collazo from America
He moved up to the welterweight division and fought against WBC welterweight champion Luis Collazo from America, winning the match by unanimous decision on April 8th 2008. After this he defeated Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto by knockout with left hook at round 2 for his 7th title defense of his USBO light welterweight championship. In 2009 he defended his belt once more against American boxer Joshua Clottey before moving onto rich as a welterweight and defeating Antonio Margarito for TMT middleweight championship after only two rounds due to swelling in Margarito’s eye.
Boxing with Amir Khan
Pacquiao was scheduled to fight against USBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan in 2010, however the match never happened due to unknown reasons. He defended his belt once more against another Mexican fighter before moving up the super welterweight division in 2012 and won via unanimous decision victory after 12 rounds against title holder Argentine player Sergio Martinez for WBC Diamond middleweight championship which he successfully defended against another Mexican fighter through a split decision win, followed by Ruslan Provodnikov who he defeated by unanimous decision with scores of 119-103, 118-104, 116-106.
Pacquiao then suffered his first loss when he lost on points to undefeated American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. in May 2015 with scores of 148-140, 146-142 and 147-140.
Professional boxing records
The 37 year old Pacquiao has a professional boxing record of 59 wins and 6 losses, with 38 knockout wins. His most recent fight was against undefeated American Jesse Vargas with whom he drew after 12 rounds, for WBO world light welterweight championship.
Manny Pacquiao, the only eight-division boxing world champion in history. A professional boxer since 1995, he has held multiple championships in four weight classes and one as an “Undisputed Champion” in his respective division.
Manny Pacquiao’s net worth
MANNY PACQUIAO’S NET WORTH As of 2015, Manny is the 17th highest paid athlete according to Forbes Magazine’s list. He reportedly earned $56 million for his December 8 fight against Chris Algieri. He is the first Filipino fighter to earn over $20 million for a single match and could surpass Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s record earnings of $250 million.
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He has endorsed products such as Coca-Cola, Nike, Boost Mobile, Smart Communications and Globe Telecom. Manny is the only celebrity that joined Youngevity’s Million Dollar Circle . He was an honorary member of Tau Gamma Phi, the fraternity he entered at Darryl Christian College (DCC) along with Brother Bobby Pacquiao. Now an International Member at Alpha Sigma Lambda fraternity in California State University, Long Beach. In 2012, Manny posted a photo of his family through Instagram to show their closeness despite living apart because of career commitments. Manny is one of four boxers ranked in The Ring’s list of 100 greatest punchers of all time where he ranked 24th.