Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao (Pronounced as pak-ee-ow)
Manny, Pac Man, The Destroyer, The Mexicutioner, The Nation’s Fist, The Filipino Slugger, The Fighting Congressman, National Godfather, Fighting Pride of the Philippines
Kibawe, Bukidnon, Philippines
General Santos City, South Cotabato, Philippines
Kiamba, Sarangani, Philippines
Manny Pacquiao attended Saavedra Saway Elementary School in General Santos in Philippines. However, he dropped out of the school at the age of 14 owing to extreme poverty. He left home and his high school to earn money.
Much later in 2007, Manny Pacquiao took and passed the exam equivalent to high school degree. His high school degree was awarded by the Department of Education in Philippines. This made him eligible for college education and he enrolled himself in business management at Notre Dame of Dadiangas University (NDDU) in Philippines.
Due to his boxing achievements and humanitarian work in his country, the Southwestern University (SWU) at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino in Lahug conferred him with Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humanities on February 18, 2009.
To strengthen his knowledge as a lawmaker in the House of Representatives, Pacquiao has undertaken a Certificate Course in Development, Legislation and Governance at the Development Academy of the Philippines – Graduate School of Public and Development Management (DAP-GSPDM).
Professional Boxer, Basketball Player, Politician, Singer, Actor
- Father – Rosalio Pacquiao
- Mother – Dionesia Dapidran-Pacquiao
- Siblings – Liza Silvestre-Onding (Sister), and Domingo Silvestre (Brother) (From first husband of his mother), and Isidra Pacquiao-Paglinawan (Sister), Alberto “Bobby” Pacquiao (Brother) and Rogelio Pacquiao (Brother).
Manny Pacquiao is currently attached to Top Rank, Inc. (Sports Management Company), Las Vegas, US.
5 ft 5½ in or 166 cm
154 lbs or 70 kg
Girlfriend / Spouse
Manny Pacquiao has been romantically linked with –
- Jinkee Pacquiao (2000-Present) – The vice governor of Sarangani, her hometown, Jinkee Pacquiao is married to the boxer since May 10, 2000. She had to deal with Manny Pacquiao’s womanizing in recent years but she insists on having normal relationship now. The couple have five children together – Jemuel, Michael, Mary Divine Grace, Queen Elizabeth, and Israel Pacquiao.
- Ara Mina (2007) – The Filipino actress, fashion model and singer, Ara Mina had fling with the boxer in 2007. They had appeared together on-screen in the film Anak ng Kumander (2008).
- Krista Ranillo (2009-2010) – The Filipino actress met the boxer on the sets of their movie ‘Wapakman’ in 2009. The couple started dating but when the local media flashed the news, they denied any such rumors. Ranillo flew to US after their photographs together were published on the internet. They separated in 2010.
Race / Ethnicity
- Resemblance to Bruce Lee
- Short Height
- Chiseled Physique
Manny Pacquiao’s body specifications may be –
- Chest – 41 in or 104 cm
- Biceps – 15 in or 38 cm
- Waist – 32 in or 81 cm
Manny Pacquiao’s exact shoe size is not known. Possibly, he wears a size 9 (US).
Manny Pacquiao has been approached by several business sectors so that he may endorse their brands. He has also appeared in a political ad in 2007 and 2010 for politicians during the Philippine elections.
He has also appeared in the commercial for San Miguel Beer with Jet Li and Erik Morales.
The other products that he has endorsed include detergents, medicines, foods, beverages, garments, and telecommunications.
He has also appeared for Hennessy Cognac in their print ad in 2012.
Manny Pacquiao has been raised in Roman Catholic faith, but he currently practices Evangelical Protestant.
Best Known For
Manny Pacquiao is best known for being the first and only eight-division world champion as a professional boxer. He has won ten world titles and is the first to win the Lineal Championship in four different weight classes.
In Philippines, Manny Pacquiao is also known as the founder of his political party People’s Champ Movement and a Representative of Philippine House.
Manny Pacquiao started boxing at the age 14 as an Amateur and made the Philippine National Amateur Boxing Team. He has an amateur record of 60-4.
Pacquiao entered professional boxing at the age of 16 and his professional debut match was a four-round bout against Edmund “Enting” Ignacio. The fight took place on January 22, 1995 in which Pacquiao was the winner.
- Head Movements – Pacquiao bobs his head from side to side to evade punches
- Subtle and Unpredictable Feints
- Trademark Straight Left Punch
- Short and Wide Right Hook
- Rolling Under Opponent’s Left Hook
- Quick Feet Movement
- Unorthodox Throw of Punches from Various Angles
As a Singer
Manny Pacquiao has not only been in the spotlight for boxing, but also for his venture into singing. He has been an active singer since 2006. Most of the Tagalog songs which are featured in Pacquiao’s album are composed by Lito Camo.
Manny Pacquiao released his first album Laban Nating Lahat Ito in 2006 under the label Star Records. It has 10 songs which include the title song meaning “this is our fight” feat Francis M.
- Star Records
- MCA Records
- GMA Records
As an Actor
Manny Pacquiao commenced his acting career via ABS-CBN shows in the late 90’s. He worked as an extra in some Filipino films and guest appearances on ABS-CBN shows.
As a Basketball Player
He started his basketball career in 2014 as a player as well as coach. He plays at the “Point Guard” position under the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).
Manny Pacquiao has appeared first in a Filipino film titled Di Ko Kayang Tanggapin where he was cast as Dong. The film was released in the year 2000.
First TV Show
Manny Pacquiao appeared in the TV documentary news show I-Witness in 1999 in the Kamao episode on GMA Network.
As a Politician
Manny Pacquiao entered Filipino politics in 2007. However, he did not succeed as a politician then and lost to the representative of Nationalist People’s Coalition.
On May 13, 2010, however, the boxer founded his own party People’s Champ Movement and fought the election from his wife’s hometown Sarangani. He scored a huge victory over Chiongbian clan which was the wealthy and politically influential group in the lone district. He won over the party which ruled for more than 30 years in the district with his opponent securing only half of the votes that he received.
Manny Pacquiao has been the only eight-division world champion in boxing. Behind such great success, there remains a man who is also a former boxer, Freddie Roach. Roach has reportedly trained more than 27 world champions till date.
Pacquiao also had been under strength and conditioning coach, Alex Ariza. However, Roach had suspicion that Ariza used to provide steroids to the boxer without his consent. Hence Roach has refused to work with Ariza after 2010 controversies surfaced about Pacquiao’s drug / PED consumption.
Manny Pacquiao Favorite Things
- Accessories – Camera (Canon Flagship)
- Dessert – Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups
- Cars – Ferrari, Hummer, Escalade
- Boxers – Joe Frazier, Sugar Ray Leonard, Mike Tyson, and Oscar De La Hoya
- Sports – Boxing, Basketball, Soccer, Baseball, American Football
Source – ESPN, Independent
Manny Pacquiao Facts
- Manny Pacquiao has been the first in Philippines to appear on a postage stamp as an athlete.
- The boxer has founded the ‘Manny Pacquiao Foundation’ to help the people of Philippines and other parts of the world who face problems like poverty and sickness.
- As a humanitarian worker, Pacquiao has invested in many projects to help with cancer research and treatment centers in Mindanao. His humanitarian work also includes medical missions, granting scholarships, and promoting environmental awareness.
- TIME has enlisted Manny Pacquiao in the list of ‘100 Most Influential People’ in 2009 owing to the great popularity of the boxer in US and as a hero among the Filipino people.
- Manny Pacquiao has been featured on the cover of Reader’s Digest Asia. A seven-page story was published about the world champion boxer and the issue was published before the epic match of Pacquiao vs. De La Hoya in 2008.
- It has been speculated that the world champion Pacquiao has been taking drugs to execute the energy and swift movements during his bouts. The suspicion of consuming illegal steroid / PED became strong, though not proven when he turned down a random blood and urine drug test in 2010 for a boxing match.
- Pacquiao’s life has been featured in a film named ‘Pacquiao: The Movie’ which was released on June 21, 2006. Filipino actor, Jericho Rosales starred as Manny Pacquiao and the film was directed by Joel Lamangan.
- He also owns a basketball team called “MP Hotel Warriors,” which plays under Philippine Basketball Association Developmental League (PBA D-League).
- The boxer has such a fame and popularity that the US top singers have dedicated songs to him which includes Kool A.D.’s song entitled “Manny Pacquiao” (51), Pitbull‘s “Get it started,” A$AP Rocky‘s “Phoenix,” Bad Meets Evil and Bruno Mars‘s “Lighters,” Eminem and Skylar Grey‘s “Asshole,” Future’s “Never Gon’ Lose,” Migos’ “Chinatown,” Nicki Minaj and Ciara‘s “I’m Legit” and Rick Ross‘s “High Definition.”
- During the esteemed 2000s, Manny Pacquiao was named as the Fighter of the Decade by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA), by World Boxing Council (WBC), and by World Boxing Organization (WBO).
- He has received the BWAA Fighter of the Year Award in 2006, 2008 and 2009. The Ring has conferred him with the title thrice. He has also won the Best Fighter ESPY Award in 2009 and 2011.
- Pacquiao has been conferred with the honor of Lt. Colonel in the reserve force of Philippine Army.
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