The Fighting Pride of the Philippines, Manny Pacquiao
Emmanuel “Manny” Dapidran Pacquiao, also known as “Pac-Man,” is a Filipino professional boxer, who won titles in eight different weight divisions. In fact, he is considered as one of the world’s finest and best boxers.
The Filipino world boxing champion was born on December 17, 1978 to parents Rosalio and Dionesia Pacquiao. He grew up in a small town located in Bukidnon, Philippines.
In the hopes of launching a career in boxing, Manny Pacquiao left his family to board a ship to Manila, Philippines. It was at the age of 16 when Pacquiao started his professional boxing career in a battle against Edmund Ignacio. He beat Ignacio in a matter of four rounds and was declared winner through a unanimous decision. His victory launched his successful boxing run.
In 1998, he took the World Boxing Council flyweight title, when he won against Thailand’s Chatchai Sasakul. It was his very first major title. Three years later, he moved up to a larger weight division where he fought with Lehlo Ledwaba for the International Boxing Federation junior featherweight title. He won the fight with a knockout within six rounds.
A decade after his first major win, he was hailed as the winner against American boxer, Oscar De La Hoya, in an eight-round fight. The fight was believed to have generated nearly 70 million from pay-per-view viewers alone.
Another year passed and Pacquiao fought the boxing star from the United Kingdom, Ricky Hatton. Pacquiao won the battle by a knockout in the second round, bringing home the junior welterweight title. In the same year, he beat Miguel Cotto in a 12-round bout to defeat his welterweight title.
Pacquiao’s fans were incredibly upset as he lost a 12-round bout with Timothy Bradley on June 9, 2012. The fight was broadcast live on pay-per-view, where millions of his fans worldwide were watching. The Filipino champ won 7 rounds to Bradley’s five. The overall decision of the judges was argued by critics and fans. Pacquiao experienced another defeat the same year, when he was knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez in a 6-round bout in Las Vegas.
Other than boxing, Pacquiao actively participated in business, acting, music, politics and even basketball. He was elected as a Congressman, representing the province of Sarangani. He is also listed as the head coach of the new basketball team, Kia Sorentos.
On November 22, the Fighting Pride of the Philippines is set to face Chris Algieri in Macau for the WBO Light Welterweight Champion title.
The Fighting Pride of the Philippines, Manny Pacquiao by Holly Bissonnette