Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao: from nothing to everything

Emmuanuel Dapidran Pacquaio or simply Manny Pacquaio 

Won: 53 lost:3 Draw:2 KO:38

He was born on December 17, 1978 in Kibawe, Bukidnon. He is the son of Rosalio Pacquiao and Dionesia Dapidran-Pacquiao. Born into a typical poverty-stricken Filipino family, he left elementary school when his father left his mother to be with another woman. As an out of school boy, he helped his mom by selling bread and homemade doughnuts peddling the streets of General Santos City. As a young boy, Manny had interest in boxing.  When not wondering the streets to sell his merchandise, he would visit nearby villages and towns to compete in boxing with just a reward of $3 for winners and $2for the loser.

Pacquiao started his professional boxing career at the age of 16 at 106 lbs. With his agility and power in boxing, he won a lot of boxing fights. One day he was invited by one of the boxing personalities to go to Manila to hone his skills in boxing. Manny had such amazing dedication in his boxing training and he trained like there was no tomorrow.  After 11 straight victories, Pacquiao had his first professional loss against Rustico Terrocampo on February 9, 1966.

He got his World title Champion title on December 24, 1998 at the very early age of 19. He is currently the undisputed, "Pound for Pound" champion of the world and was tagged as the "Destroyer". He rose from extreme poverty to being one of the most wealthiest boxers in the world today. Ranking in as one of the top richest Filipinos and current Congressmen of Sarangani Province, he remains humble, God-fearing and respectful to his opponents in boxing. He is considered by Time Magazine as one the greatest athletes in 2009.  He was also included by Forbes Magazine in its annual Celebrity 100 list for the year 2009. Forbes listed Manny as the 6th highest paid athlete from the second half of 2008 to the first half of 2009. 

Pacquiao's Big Fights

November 15, 2003 Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, United States (Marco Antonio Barrera)

May 8, 2004 MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States (Juan Manuel Marquez)

March 3, 2005 MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States (Erik Morales)

April 15, 2007 Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, United States (Jorge Solis)

June 28, 2008 Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States (David Diaz) 

December 2,2008 MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States (Oscar De La Hoya) 

May 2, 2009 MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States (Ricky Hatton)

November 14, 2009 MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States (Miguel Angel Cotto)

March 13, 2010 Cowboy Stadium, Dallas, Texas, United States (Joshua Clottey)

December 18, 2010 Cowboy Stadium, Dallas, Texas, United States (Antonio Margarito) 

May 8, 2011 MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States (Sugar Shane Mosley)

In the words of the highly respected boxing correspondent Scoop Malinowski, 'It's impossible to rank the great fighters. Impossible. Only the evaluator can asses. Freddie Roach himself said, 'It's so hard to compare eras.' We could argue all night long. Why not leave it at this: Manny Pacquiao is the best of his era."

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