Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao 2010.jpg
Pacquiao in 2010
Senator of the Philippines
Assumed office
June 30, 2016
Senate positions
Chair of the Senate Ethics and Privileges Committee
Assumed office
September 18, 2018
Preceded byTito Sotto
Chair of the Senate Public Works Committee
Assumed office
July 25, 2016
Preceded byFerdinand Marcos Jr.
Member of the
Philippine House of Representatives
from Sarangani
In office
June 30, 2010 – June 30, 2016
Preceded byErwin Chiongbian
Succeeded byRogelio Pacquiao
Personal details
Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao

(1978-12-17) December 17, 1978 (age 42)
Kibawe, Bukidnon, Philippines
Political partyPDP-Laban (2012–2014; 2016–present)
People's Champ Movement (2010–present)
Other political
(m. 1999)
RelativesAlberto "Bobby" Pacquiao (brother)
EducationNotre Dame of Dadiangas University
University of Makati
Known forProfessional Boxing and Political Career
Net worth3.2 billion[3]
(Dec. 31, 2019)
WebsiteSenate website
Military service
Allegiance Philippines
Branch/serviceFlag of the Philippine Army.svg Philippine Army
RankPHIL ARMY COL FD-Sh.svg Colonel
Boxing career
Height5 ft 5+12 in (166 cm)[4]
Reach67 in (170 cm)[4]
Boxing record
Total fights72
Wins by KO39

Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao Sr., CLH (locally [pɐkˈjaʊ]; born December 17, 1978), is a Filipino professional boxer and politician.[5][6] Nicknamed "PacMan", he is regarded as one of the greatest professional boxers of all time.[7] He has been serving as a senator of the Philippines since 2016, and previously served as party president of the ruling party PDP–Laban (2020–2021), and representative of Sarangani (2010–2016).

Pacquiao is the only eight-division world champion in the history of boxing and has won twelve major world titles.[8][9] He was the first boxer to win the lineal championship in five different weight classes,[10][11][12] the first boxer to win major world titles in four of the eight "glamour divisions": flyweight, featherweight, lightweight, and welterweight,[13][14][15] and is the only boxer to hold world championships across four decades (1990s, 2000s, 2010s, and 2020s).[16]

As of 2015, Pacquiao's fights had generated $1.2 billion in revenue from his 25 pay-per-view bouts.[17] According to Forbes, he was the second highest paid athlete in the world in 2015.[18]

In July 2019, Pacquiao became the oldest welterweight world champion in history at the age of 40,[19] and the first boxer in history to become a recognized four-time welterweight champion after defeating Keith Thurman to win the WBA (Super) welterweight title.[20]

Pacquiao has other interests in addition to boxing and politics: in basketball, he was the player-coach of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) team Kia/Mahindra for three seasons before founding the semi-professional Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL). He also starred in films and presented television shows. In music, he has released multiple locally-platinum albums and songs; his cover of Dan Hill's "Sometimes When We Touch" peaked at 19 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary top 20 list after performing it on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.[21] He is also an Evangelical Christian preacher and a known philanthropist, entrepreneur, socialite, and YouTube personality.

Early life and amateur career

Pacquiao was born in Kibawe, Bukidnon and raised in General Santos, Philippines. He is the son of Rosalio Pacquiao and Dionisia Dapidran Pacquiao.[22] His parents separated when he was in sixth grade, after his father had an affair.[22] He is the fourth of six siblings, one of whom, Alberto "Bobby" Pacquiao, is also a politician and former professional boxer.

At the age of 14, Pacquiao moved to Manila and lived on the streets, worked as a construction worker and had to pick between enduring hunger or sending money to his mother. He started boxing and made the Philippine national amateur boxing team where his room and board were paid for by the government. Pacquiao reportedly had an amateur record of 60 wins and 4 losses.[23]

Pacquiao completed his elementary education at Saavedra Saway Elementary School in General Santos City, but dropped out of high school due to extreme poverty.[24]

In February 2007, Pacquiao took and passed a high school equivalency exam, and was awarded with a high school diploma by the Department of Education.[25]

Professional boxing


Manny Pacquiao has an amateur record of 60–4 and a record of 62–7–2 as a professional, with 39 wins by knockout. Boxing historian Bert Sugar ranked Pacquiao as the greatest southpaw fighter of all time.[26] In 2020, Pacquiao topped the Ranker's list of best boxers of the 21st century.[27][28]

Pacquiao made history by being the first boxer ever to win world titles in eight weight divisions, having won twelve major world titles, as well as being the first boxer to win the lineal championship in five different weight classes. Pacquiao is also the first boxer in history to win major world titles in four of the original eight weight classes of boxing, also known as the "glamour divisions" (flyweight, featherweight, lightweight and welterweight), and the first boxer ever to become a four-decade world champion, winning world championships across four decades (1990s, 2000s, 2010s, and 2020s).

Pacquiao was long rated as the best active boxer in the world, pound for pound, by most sporting news and boxing websites, including ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Sporting Life, Yahoo! Sports,, BoxRec and The Ring, beginning from his climb to lightweight until his losses in 2012.[29][30] He is also the longest reigning top-ten active boxer on The Ring's pound for pound list from November 2003 to April 2016.[31]

Pacquiao has generated approximately 20.1 million in pay-per-view (PPV) buys and $1.2 billion in revenue from his 25 PPV bouts. According to Forbes, he was the second highest paid athlete in the world in 2015.

Early years

Pacquiao was introduced to boxing at the age of 12 by his maternal Uncle Sardo Mejia. According to his autobiography, Pacquiao said watching Mike Tyson's defeat of James "Buster" Douglas in 1990 with his Uncle Sardo as an experience that, "changed my life forever." Mejia began training his nephew in a makeshift home gym. After 6 months of training, Pacquiao began boxing in a park in General Santos eventually traveling to other cities to fight higher-ranked opponents. By age 15, he was considered the best junior boxer in the southern Philippines.[32] At the age of 15 he moved to Manila. In January 1995, at the age of 16, he made his professional boxing debut as a junior flyweight.[33]

Pacquiao stated of his early years, "Many of you know me as a legendary boxer, and I'm proud of that. However, that journey was not always easy. When I was younger, I became a fighter because I had to survive. I had nothing. I had no one to depend on except myself. I realized that boxing was something I was good at, and I trained hard so that I could keep myself and my family alive."[34]

On December 4, 1998, at the age of 19, he won his first major title, the World Boxing Council (WBC) flyweight title.[33]

Pacquiao with his trainer Freddie Roach

Notable fights

Over the course of his decorated career, Pacquiao has defeated 22 world champions—Chatchai Sasakul, Lehlohonolo Ledwaba, Jorge Eliécer Julio, Marco Antonio Barrera (twice), Érik Morales (twice), Óscar Larios, Jorge Solís, Juan Manuel Márquez (twice), David Díaz, Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, Joshua Clottey, Antonio Margarito, Shane Mosley, Brandon Ríos, Timothy Bradley (twice), Chris Algieri, Jessie Vargas, Lucas Matthysse, Adrien Broner and Keith Thurman.[35]

Ranking and awards

Pacquiao was named "Fighter of the Decade" for the 2000s by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA), World Boxing Council (WBC), and World Boxing Organization (WBO). In 2006, 2008, and 2009, he was awarded Ring magazine, ESPN and BWAA's Fighter of the Year, and in 2009 and 2011 he won the Best Fighter ESPY Award.[36] BoxRec ranks him as the greatest Asian fighter of all time.[37] In 2016, Pacquiao ranked No. 2 on ESPN's list of top pound for pound boxers of the past 25 years[38] and he ranks No.5 in BoxRec's ranking of the greatest pound for pound boxers of all time.[39]

Pacquiao is signed with Al Haymon's Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) promotion since 2018[40] and Paradigm Sports since 2020.[41]


Forbes listed Pacquiao as the world's equal sixth highest paid athlete, with a total of $40 million or 2 billion pesos from the second half of 2008 to the first half of 2009. Tied with him on the sixth spot was NBA player LeBron James and golfer Phil Mickelson.[42] Pacquiao was again included in Forbes' list of highest paid athletes from the second half of 2009 to the first half of 2010; he was ranked eighth with an income of $42 million.[43] Pacquiao also won the 2009 ESPY Awards for the Best Fighter category, beating fellow boxer Shane Mosley and Brazilian mixed martial arts fighters Lyoto Machida and Anderson Silva.[44] ESPN Magazine reported that Pacquiao was one of the two top earning athletes for 2010, alongside American Major League Baseball player Alex Rodriguez. According to the magazine's annual salary report of athletes, Pacquiao earned $32 million (approximately PhP 1.38 billion) for his two 2010 boxing matches against Clottey and Margarito.[45]

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
72 fights 62 wins 8 losses
By knockout 39 3
By decision 23 5
Draws 2
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Age Location Notes
72 Loss 62–8–2 Cuba Yordenis Ugás UD 12 Aug 21, 2021 42 years, 227 days United States T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. For WBA (Super) welterweight title
71 Win 62–7–2 United States Keith Thurman SD 12 Jul 20, 2019 40 years, 215 days United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won WBA (Super) welterweight title
70 Win 61–7–2 United States Adrien Broner UD 12 Jan 19, 2019 40 years, 33 days United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBA (Regular) welterweight title
69 Win 60–7–2 Argentina Lucas Matthysse TKO 7 (12), 2:43 Jul 15, 2018 39 years, 210 days Malaysia Axiata Arena, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Won WBA (Regular) welterweight title
68 Loss 59–7–2 Australia Jeff Horn UD 12 Jul 2, 2017 38 years, 197 days Australia Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia Lost WBO welterweight title
67 Win 59–6–2 United States Jessie Vargas UD 12 Nov 5, 2016 37 years, 324 days United States Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won WBO welterweight title
66 Win 58–6–2 United States Timothy Bradley UD 12 Apr 9, 2016 37 years, 114 days United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won vacant WBO International welterweight title
65 Loss 57–6–2 United States Floyd Mayweather Jr. UD 12 May 2, 2015 36 years, 136 days United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Lost WBO welterweight title;
For WBA (Unified), WBC, and The Ring welterweight titles
64 Win 57–5–2 United States Chris Algieri UD 12 Nov 23, 2014 35 years, 341 days Macau Cotai Arena, Macau, SAR Retained WBO welterweight title
63 Win 56–5–2 United States Timothy Bradley UD 12 Apr 12, 2014 35 years, 116 days United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won WBO welterweight title
62 Win 55–5–2 United States Brandon Ríos UD 12 Nov 24, 2013 34 years, 342 days Macau Cotai Arena, Macau, SAR Won vacant WBO International welterweight title
61 Loss 54–5–2 Mexico Juan Manuel Márquez KO 6 (12), 2:59 Dec 8, 2012 33 years, 357 days United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
60 Loss 54–4–2 United States Timothy Bradley SD 12 Jun 9, 2012 33 years, 175 days United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Lost WBO welterweight title
59 Win 54–3–2 Mexico Juan Manuel Márquez MD 12 Nov 12, 2011 32 years, 330 days United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBO welterweight title
58 Win 53–3–2 United States Shane Mosley UD 12 May 7, 2011 32 years, 141 days United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBO welterweight title
57 Win 52–3–2 Mexico Antonio Margarito UD 12 Nov 13, 2010 31 years, 331 days United States Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas, U.S. Won vacant WBC super welterweight title
56 Win 51–3–2 Ghana Joshua Clottey UD 12 Mar 13, 2010 31 years, 86 days United States Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas, U.S. Retained WBO welterweight title
55 Win 50–3–2 Puerto Rico Miguel Cotto TKO 12 (12), 0:55 Nov 14, 2009 30 years, 332 days United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won WBO welterweight title
54 Win 49–3–2 United Kingdom Ricky Hatton KO 2 (12), 2:59 May 2, 2009 30 years, 136 days United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won IBO and The Ring light welterweight titles
53 Win 48–3–2 United States Oscar De La Hoya RTD 8 (12), 3:00 Dec 6, 2008 29 years, 355 days United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
52 Win 47–3–2 United States David Díaz TKO 9 (12), 2:24 Jun 28, 2008 29 years, 194 days United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won WBC lightweight title
51 Win 46–3–2 Mexico Juan Manuel Márquez SD 12 Mar 15, 2008 29 years, 89 days United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won WBC and vacant The Ring super featherweight titles
50 Win 45–3–2 Mexico Marco Antonio Barrera UD 12 Oct 6, 2007 28 years, 293 days United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBC International super featherweight title
49 Win 44–3–2 Mexico Jorge Solís KO 8 (12), 1:16 Apr 14, 2007 28 years, 118 days United States Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, U.S. Retained WBC International super featherweight title
48 Win 43–3–2 Mexico Érik Morales KO 3 (12), 2:57 Nov 18, 2006 27 years, 336 days United States Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBC International super featherweight title
47 Win 42–3–2 Mexico Óscar Larios UD 12 Jul 2, 2006 27 years, 197 days Philippines Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Philippines Retained WBC International super featherweight title
46 Win 41–3–2 Mexico Érik Morales TKO 10 (12), 2:33 Jan 21, 2006 27 years, 35 days United States Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBC International super featherweight title
45 Win 40–3–2 Mexico Héctor Velázquez TKO 6 (12), 2:59 Sep 10, 2005 26 years, 267 days United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S. Won vacant WBC International super featherweight title
44 Loss 39–3–2 Mexico Érik Morales UD 12 Mar 19, 2005 26 years, 92 days United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. For IBA and vacant WBC International super featherweight titles
43 Win 39–2–2 Thailand Narongrit Pirang TKO 4 (12), 1:26 Dec 11, 2004 25 years, 360 days Philippines MC Home Depot Fort, Taguig, Philippines Retained The Ring featherweight title
42 Draw 38–2–2 Mexico Juan Manuel Márquez SD 12 May 8, 2004 25 years, 143 days United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained The Ring featherweight title;
For WBA (Super) and IBF featherweight titles
41 Win 38–2–1 Mexico Marco Antonio Barrera TKO 11 (12), 2:56 Nov 15, 2003 24 years, 333 days United States Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, U.S. Won The Ring featherweight title
40 Win 37–2–1 Mexico Emmanuel Lucero KO 3 (12), 0:48 Jul 26, 2003 24 years, 221 days United States Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S. Retained IBF super bantamweight title
39 Win 36–2–1 Kazakhstan Serikzhan Yeshmagambetov TKO 5 (10), 1:52 Mar 15, 2003 24 years, 88 days Philippines Rizal Park, Manila, Philippines
38 Win 35–2–1 Thailand Fahprakorb Rakkiatgym KO 1 (12), 2:46 Oct 26, 2002 23 years, 313 days Philippines Rizal Memorial College Gym, Davao City, Philippines Retained IBF super bantamweight title
37 Win 34–2–1 Colombia Jorge Eliécer Julio TKO 2 (12), 1:09 Jun 8, 2002 23 years, 173 days United States The Pyramid, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. Retained IBF super bantamweight title
36 Draw 33–2–1 Dominican Republic Agapito Sánchez TD 6 (12), 1:12 Nov 10, 2001 22 years, 328 days United States Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S. Retained IBF super bantamweight title;
For WBO super bantamweight title;
Split TD: Pacquiao was cut from accidental head clash
35 Win 33–2 South Africa Lehlohonolo Ledwaba TKO 6 (12), 0:59 Jun 23, 2001 22 years, 188 days United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won IBF super bantamweight title
34 Win 32–2 Thailand Foijan Prawet KO 6 (12), 2:40 Apr 28, 2001 22 years, 132 days Philippines Kidapawan, Cotabato, Philippines Retained WBC International super bantamweight title
33 Win 31–2 Japan Tetsutora Senrima TKO 5 (12), 1:06 Feb 24, 2001 22 years, 69 days Philippines Ynares Center, Antipolo, Philippines Retained WBC International super bantamweight title
32 Win 30–2 Australia Nedal Hussein TKO 10 (12), 1:48 Oct 14, 2000 21 years, 302 days Philippines Ynares Center, Antipolo, Philippines Retained WBC International super bantamweight title
31 Win 29–2 South Korea Seung-Kon Chae TKO 1 (12), 1:42 Jun 28, 2000 21 years, 194 days Philippines Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Philippines Retained WBC International super bantamweight title
30 Win 28–2 Australia Arnel Barotillo KO 4 (12) Mar 4, 2000 21 years, 78 days Philippines Ninoy Aquino Stadium, Manila, Philippines Retained WBC International super bantamweight title
29 Win 27–2 Philippines Reynante Jamili KO 2 (12) Dec 18, 1999 21 years, 1 day Philippines Elorde Sports Complex, Parañaque, Philippines Won vacant WBC International super bantamweight title
28 Loss 26–2 Thailand Medgoen Singsurat TKO 3 (12), 1:32 Sep 17, 1999 20 years, 274 days Thailand Pakpanag Metropolitan Stadium, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand
27 Win 26–1 Mexico Gabriel Mira TKO 4 (12), 2:45 Apr 24, 1999 20 years, 128 days Philippines Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Philippines Retained WBC flyweight title
26 Win 25–1 Australia Todd Makelim TKO 3 (10), 2:52 Feb 20, 1999 20 years, 65 days Philippines Kidapawan, Philippines
25 Win 24–1 Thailand Chatchai Sasakul KO 8 (12), 2:54 Dec 4, 1998 19 years, 352 days Thailand Tonsuk College Ground, Phutthamonthon, Thailand Won WBC flyweight title
24 Win 23–1 Japan Shin Terao TKO 1 (10), 2:59 May 18, 1998 19 years, 152 days Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
23 Win 22–1 Thailand Narong Datchthuyawat KO 1 (12), 1:38 Dec 6, 1997 18 years, 354 days Philippines South Cotabato Stadium, Koronadal, Philippines Retained OPBF flyweight title
22 Win 21–1 Philippines Melvin Magramo UD 10 Sep 13, 1997 18 years, 270 days Philippines Coliseum, Cebu City, Philippines
21 Win 20–1 Thailand Chokchai Chockvivat KO 5 (12), 2:46 Jun 26, 1997 18 years, 191 days Philippines Mandaluyong, Philippines Won OPBF flyweight title
20 Win 19–1 Philippines Ariel Austria TKO 6 (10) May 30, 1997 18 years, 164 days Philippines Almendras Gym, Davao City, Philippines
19 Win 18–1 South Korea Wook-Ki Lee KO 1 (10), 1:04 Apr 24, 1997 18 years, 128 days Philippines Ritsy's, Makati, Philippines
18 Win 17–1 Philippines Mike Luna KO 1 (10), 1:56 Mar 3, 1997 18 years, 76 days Philippines Muntinlupa, Philippines
17 Win 16–1 South Korea Sung-Yul Lee TKO 2 (10), 1:51 Dec 28, 1996 18 years, 11 days Philippines Muntinlupa, Philippines
16 Win 15–1 Indonesia Ippo Gala TKO 2 (10) Jul 27, 1996 17 years, 223 days Philippines Mandaluyong, Philippines
15 Win 14–1 Philippines Bert Batiller TKO 4 (10) Jun 15, 1996 17 years, 181 days Philippines General Santos, Philippines
14 Win 13–1 Philippines John Medina TKO 4 (10) May 5, 1996 17 years, 140 days Philippines Malabon, Philippines
13 Win 12–1 Philippines Marlon Carillo UD 10 Apr 27, 1996 17 years, 132 days Philippines Malate Midtown Ramada Hotel, Manila, Philippines
12 Loss 11–1 Philippines Rustico Torrecampo KO 3 (10), 0:29 Feb 9, 1996 17 years, 54 days Philippines Mandaluyong, Philippines
11 Win 11–0 Philippines Lito Torrejos TD 5 (10) Jan 13, 1996 17 years, 27 days Philippines Parañaque, Philippines Torrejos was cut from accidental head clash
10 Win 10–0 Philippines Rolando Toyogon UD 10 Dec 9, 1995 16 years, 357 days Philippines Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines
9 Win 9–0 Philippines Rudolfo Fernandez TKO 3 (10) Nov 11, 1995 16 years, 329 days Philippines Mandaluyong, Philippines
8 Win 8–0 Philippines Renato Mendones TKO 2 (8) Oct 21, 1995 16 years, 308 days Philippines Puerto Princesa, Philippines
7 Win 7–0 Philippines Lolito Laroa UD 8 Oct 7, 1995 16 years, 294 days Philippines Makati, Philippines
6 Win 6–0 Philippines Armando Rocil KO 3 (8) Sep 16, 1995 16 years, 273 days Philippines Mandaluyong, Philippines
5 Win 5–0 Philippines Acasio Simbajon UD 6 Aug 3, 1995 16 years, 229 days Philippines Mandaluyong Sports Complex, Mandaluyong, Philippines
4 Win 4–0 Philippines Dele Decierto TKO 2 (6), 2:41 Jul 1, 1995 16 years, 196 days Philippines Mandaluyong, Philippines
3 Win 3–0 Philippines Rocky Palma UD 6 May 1, 1995 16 years, 135 days Philippines Montano Hall, Cavite City, Philippines
2 Win 2–0 Philippines Pinoy Montejo UD 4 Mar 18, 1995 16 years, 91 days Philippines Sablayan, Philippines
1 Win 1–0 Philippines Edmund Enting Ignacio UD 4 Jan 22, 1995 16 years, 36 days Philippines Sablayan, Philippines

National amateur boxing

Manny Pacquiao has never represented the Philippines in international amateur competition such as the Southeast Asian Games or the Summer Olympics.

Pacquiao became the first Filipino Olympic non-participant to be Team Philippines' flag-bearer during the August 8 opening ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics at the Beijing National Stadium. Swimmer Miguel Molina, 2005 Southeast Asian Games' Best Male Athlete, yielded the honor to Pacquiao, upon the request of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to the national sports officials on the Philippines at the 2008 Summer Olympics.[46]

He had the opportunity to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil, when professional boxers under the age of 40 were allowed to compete in the games for the first time.[47] However Pacquiao, decided not to compete to focus on his duties as an incumbent Senator.[48]

Basketball career

Pacquiao shooting a free-throw in a match

On April 17, 2014, Pacquiao, a life-long passionate basketball fan, announced his intention to join the Philippine Basketball Association as the playing coach of Kia Motors Basketball team, an incoming expansion team for the PBA's 2014–15 season. As the team's head coach, he asked other teams to not draft him before Kia,[49] and picked himself 11th overall in the first round of the 2014 PBA draft,[50] being the oldest rookie to be ever drafted in the league's history.[51] Pacquiao played basketball as part of his training before his matches and prior to his PBA stint, Pacquiao was named a honorary member of the Boston Celtics and established friendships with basketball Hall of Famers Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen when they visited him on his trainings & on dugouts.[52]

On February 18, 2015, Pacquiao played briefly and scored one point when the Sorento pulled an 95-84 upset against Purefoods that tapped former NBA player Daniel Orton as their import for the conference, when asked about playing against Pacquiao he said that Pacquiao as a basketball player was a "mockery of the game and a joke". Orton was summoned and fined by PBA commissioner Chito Salud and was replaced immediately by his team.[53][54][55]

On October 25, 2015, Pacquiao made his first field goal in the PBA in a 108–94 loss against the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.[56][57] On August 21, 2016, Pacquiao scored a career-high four points in a 97–88 victory against the Blackwater Elite, also sinking the first three-point field goal in his career.[58]

In 2018, although being rumored to transfer to Blackwater, Pacquiao officially announced his retirement from the league after playing just ten games in three seasons and scoring less than fifteen career points. On 2019, he played one game representing the Philippine Senate in a televised-amateur league and scored 12 points. He went on to start a career as a sports executive, when he founded the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League, a prominent semi-professional basketball league in the Philippines and announced that he is planning to own an NBA team after boxing retirement.[59][60]

Political career

House of Representatives

On February 12, 2007, Pacquiao announced his campaign for a seat in the Philippine House of Representatives to represent the 1st District of South Cotabato province running as a candidate of the Liberal Party faction under Manila mayor Lito Atienza.[61] Pacquiao, said he was persuaded to run by the local officials of General Santos, hoping he would act as a bridge between their interests and the national government.[61] Ultimately Pacquiao was forced to run under the Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino (KAMPI), a pro-Arroyo political party by the courts. Pacquiao was defeated in the election by incumbent Rep. Darlene Antonino-Custodio of the Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC), who said, "More than anything, I think, people weren't prepared to lose him as their boxing icon."[62]

In preparation for his political career in the Filipino House of Representatives, Pacquiao enrolled in the Certificate Course in Development, Legislation, and Governance at the Development Academy of the Philippines – Graduate School of Public and Development Management (DAP-GSPDM).[63]

Manny Pacquiao and Jinkee Pacquiao with U.S. Senators Harry Reid and Daniel Inouye

On November 21, 2009, Pacquiao announced that he would run again for a congressional seat, but this time in Sarangani province, the hometown of his wife Jinkee.[64] In May 2010, Pacquiao was elected to the House of Representatives in the 15th Congress of the Philippines, representing the province of Sarangani. He scored a landslide victory over the wealthy and politically well-entrenched Chiongbian clan that had been in power in the province for more than thirty years. Pacquiao got 120,052 votes while his opponent for the seat, Roy Chiongbian, got 60,899 votes.[65]

In 2013 he was re-elected to the 16th Congress of the Philippines.[66] He ran unopposed. Additionally, his wife, Jinkee, was also elected as vice-governor of Sarangani, while his younger brother, Rogelio was defeated by incumbent Rep. Pedro Acharon of Team PNoy in second district race in South Cotabato which includes General Santos.

Because of other commitments, Pacquiao only attended one Congress session on the congress' final leg and was criticized for being the top absentee among lawmakers. Despite his poor attendance and low number of bills filed, he still announced his candidacy for Senator in the 2016 elections.[67]


Senator Manny Pacquiao, as chair of the Senate Committee on Sports, discusses a proposal seeking to establish a Philippine Boxing Commission.

On October 5, 2015, Pacquiao formally declared that he was running for senator under the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) party of vice-president Jejomar Binay.[68] On May 19, 2016, Pacquiao was formally elected as a senator by the Commission on Elections. Pacquiao garnered over 16 million votes, landing 7th among 12 new members of the Senate.[69][70]

As a senator, he notably aligned himself with the Duterte government, facilitating on September 18, 2016, the ouster of Leila de Lima from the chairmanship of the Senate Justice committee and criticized de Lima's presentation on September 21 of the same year of an alleged member of the Davao Death Squad.[71][72] He has been vocal about De Lima's alleged links with a purported drug lord, Kerwin Espinosa, an allegation that led to De Lima's arrest and detention.[73][74] De Lima has been a member of the opposition in the Senate of the 17th and 18th Congress of the Philippines and a critic of Duterte; prior to her arrest, she had been investigating the Davao Death Squad as well as suspected extrajudicial killings within Duterte's War on Drugs.[74] Meanwhile, in another Senate hearing, Pacquiao defended then-Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte from allegations of having a part, along with the vice mayor's alleged drinking buddy Charlie Tan and Kenneth Dong, in a 2017 seized 6.4-billion shipment of illegal drugs from Xiamen, China into the Philippines.[75]

As of 2018, Pacquiao has filed a total of 31 Senate bills[76] during the 17th Congress. And in a bill filed alongside Senator Bato dela Rosa and Bong Go, he backed the return of capital punishment into the lexicon of Philippine criminal law.[77][78]

In June 2019, the Philippine Senate released a data showing Pacquiao as having the worst attendance record among all senators in the 17th Congress, reflecting a struggle Pacquiao had since he was a congressman.[79]

During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Pacquiao worked with Alibaba Group co-founder Jack Ma to help bring to the Philippines 50,000 COVID-19 test kits through their respective charity foundations.[80][81]

In December 2020, Pacquiao became Acting President of the ruling party PDP-Laban after Koko Pimentel resigned. After speculations spread around a possible Pacquiao run for president, backed by the senator's own expression of interest in a presidential bid for the 2022 presidential election, Pacquiao began to be critical of the Duterte administration.

In June 2021, he expressed belief that Duterte's response towards China's claims in the South China Sea was lacking. Duterte rebuked Pacquiao for the statement, saying the latter lacked knowledge in foreign policy. The President also responded to a claim attributed to Pacquiao that the Duterte administration is more corrupt than those by his predecessors; Duterte challenged Pacquiao to name certain individuals or agencies, otherwise he will launch a negative campaign against the senator in the 2022 elections.[82]

Pacquiao lost his position of party president of PDP-Laban on July 17 to the Secretary of Energy, Alfonso Cusi, after the latter's faction called for a vote. Melvin Matibag, the deputy secretary-general of PDP-Laban, defended the vote, saying it was organized because the term limits of the party's officials had already expired.[83]

Entertainment career

Acting and hosting career

Pacquiao in 2009

With growing fame, Pacquiao became a celebrity and was obligated to start his acting and hosting career with guest appearances on ABS-CBN shows. He signed a contract as an actor & host with ABS-CBN short-after.

In December 2005, Pacquiao took his first lead role in Violett Films' Lisensyadong Kamao (Licensed Fist). The film is titled so because (according to director Tony Bernal), being a boxer, Pacquiao is licensed to use his hands.[citation needed]

In 2008, Pacquiao starred with Ara Mina and Valerie Concepcion in Anak ng Kumander (Child of a Commander). The movie was not a commercial success and was panned by critics.[citation needed]

Pacquiao starred in the superhero/comedy film entitled Wapakman, which was released on December 25, 2009, as an entry to the 2009 Metro Manila Film Festival.[84] Like his previous films, Wapakman was not commercially successful.[85]

Upon the expiration of his contract with ABS-CBN, Pacquiao signed with GMA Network as an actor and host in September 2007. On December 17, 2007, he taped his first episode of the networks infotainment show Pinoy Records.[86] His other projects with the network included Totoy Bato and the sitcom Show Me Da Manny, where he appeared as Marian Rivera's onscreen loveteam, and in which his mother, Dionisia, also appeared. He also hosted his own game show Manny Many Prizes where he gave out prizes to his audience.

In 2020, he was cast to portray General Miguel Malvar in the upcoming biopic film Malvar: Tuloy ang Laban about the Philippine hero, which gained mixed reactions from the Malvar family. Gabriel, grandson of General Malvar’s youngest child Pablo, worries that Pacquiao's fame might overshadow his movie character. While Villegas, son of Malvar’s daughter Isabel, supports the casting.[87]

Music career

Pacquiao recorded songs to use as entrance music for his fights and released them on two albums that were certified platinum locally in the Philippines. Most of the Tagalog songs of Pacquiao were composed by Lito Camo who wrote Pacquiao's biggest hit and primarily known song "Para Sayo Ang Laban Na 'To".

On November 3, 2009, Pacquiao covered "Sometimes When We Touch, originally by Dan Hill,[88] on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, that marked his first singing performance in American TV, he went back to the late-night talk show on March 3, 2010 to cover another song "Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You.[89] He would later record Dan Hill's hit in April 2011 as a single which reached number 19 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.[21] It made Pacquiao one of the few Southeast Asians to enter a US Billboard chart.[21] He also appeared with Will Ferrell and sang Imagine by John Lennon for his third guesting in the show.[90]His appearances on the show led to Canadian rapper Drake impersonating him and making fun of his singing by creating a parody. Pacquiao responded by posting another video of himself singing.[91]

On 2015, he released an extended play that featured his own recorded entrance song for his fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. and shortly announced his retirement from music, being quoted saying "I love music, but music is not for me".[92][93]

The following are Manny Pacquiao's albums from 2006 to 2015:


* Laban Nating Lahat Ito (2006) – under Star Records
  • 1. "Para Sa'Yo ang Laban Na 'To" ("This Fight Is for You")
  • 2. "Pagsubok Lamang Yan" ("It's Just a Challenge")
  • 3. "Byaheng Pag-asa" ("Voyage of Hope")
  • 4. "Ipakita Mo" ("Show Them")
  • 5. "Ikaw at Ako" ("You and Me")
  • 6. "Hindi Ko Kaya" ("I Can't Do It")
  • 7. "Kanta Tayo" ("Let's Sing")
  • 8. "Champion Sa Kantahan" ("Champion in Singing")
  • 9. "Laban Nating Lahat Ito" ("This Is Our Fight") – feat. Francis Magalona
  • 10. "Bilog" ("Circle")
* Pac-Man Punch (2007) – under MCA Records
  • 1. "Pac-Man Punch" – Willie Wilcox feat. Nemesis Yankee and Manny Pacquiao
  • 2. "Pac-Man Punch (R U Ready?)" – Willie Wilcox feat. Nemesis Yankee
  • 3. "Pac-Man Punch (Knockout Remix)" – Willie Wilcox feat. Nemesis Yankee and Manny Pacquiao
  • 4. "Pac-Man Punch (Minus One)"
* Lalaban Ako Para Sa Pilipino extended play (2015) – under GMA Records
  • 1. "Lalaban Ako Para Sa Pilipino" ("I Will Fight for the Filipinos")
  • 2. "Team Pacquiao" feat. Gloc 9
  • 3. "Lahing Pinoy" ("The Filipino Race")
  • 4. "Para Sa'yo ang Laban Na 'To" (2015 remix, "This Fight Is for You")
  • 5. "Laban Nating Lahat Ito" feat. Francis M (2015 remix)


Pacquiao has a YouTube channel with 500,000 subscribers as of June 2021. The Pacquiao family constantly posts content about their activities together in their own separate YouTube channels. His daughter, Mary and his wife Jinkee both have one million subscribers and his sons Jimuel and Michael each have fewer than 600,000.[94]

In popular culture

A stamp sheet issued by the Philippine Postal Corporation in April 2015
AirAsia Zest plane with Pacquiao-themed livery.

Film and television

A film based on Pacquiao's life, Pacquiao: The Movie, was released on June 21, 2006, featuring Filipino actor Jericho Rosales as Manny Pacquiao and was directed by Joel Lamangan.[95] The film flopped at the box office, grossing a total of only P4,812,191 (approximately US$99,322), as confirmed by Lamangan.

Another film, based on Pacquiao's early life in boxing, Kid Kulafu, was released on April 15, 2015, featuring young actor Robert Villar as Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao. The film dramatizes the life of the Filipino boxing superstar during his childhood.

A documentary entitled "Manny", which featured Pacquiao's early life as well as his boxing and political career, was released with Liam Neeson as the narrator.[96]

Video games

Pacquiao has featured in the Fight Night boxing video game franchise as a playable character.[97] The playable character Paquito, in the mobile game, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang was also inspired from Pacquiao. A skin was also made available for Paquito which changes the character's appearance to that of the real life boxer.[98] Filipino game developer Ranida Games announced in 2021 that a mobile game revolving around Pacquiao's boxing career Fighting Pride: The Manny Pacquiao Saga is in the works.[97]


Pacquiao was one of Time's 100 most influential people for the year 2009, for his exploits in boxing and his influence among the Filipino people.[99] Pacquiao was also included by Forbes in its annual Celebrity 100 list for the year 2009, joining Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie and fellow athletes Woods and Bryant.[100]

Pacquiao has also appeared on the cover of Time magazine Asia for their November 16, 2009, issue. According to their five-page feature story, "(Pacquiao is) a fighter with enough charisma, intelligence and backstory to help rescue a sport lost in the labyrinth of pay-per-view. Global brands like Nike want him in their ads." They also added, "Pacquiao has a myth of origin equal to that of any Greek or Roman hero. He leaves the Philippines to make it even bigger, conquering the world again and again to bring back riches to his family and friends."[101] Pacquiao became the eighth Filipino to grace the cover of the prestigious magazine, after former Philippine presidents Manuel L. Quezon, Ramon Magsaysay, Ferdinand Marcos, Corazon Aquino, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III and Filipino actress and environmentalist Chin Chin Gutierrez. Pacquiao was also featured on the cover of Reader's Digest Asia, where a seven-page story was written about the Filipino boxing superstar. The issue came out in November 2008, before Pacquiao's epic match against De La Hoya.


Pacquiao is also mentioned in some hip hop tracks including Kool A.D.'s song entitled "Manny Pacquiao" on his mixtape, 51. A few notable ones are Pitbull's "Get It Started", A$AP Rocky's "Phoenix", Bad Meets Evil and Bruno Mars' "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", Jelo Acosta's "Just Like Manny P" to name a few.[102]


Pacquiao became the first Filipino athlete to appear on a postage stamp.[103]

A video clip of Pacquiao greeting his followers for New Year's Eve was used as a meme in the Internet.[104]


Taxation issues

On November 26, 2013, a few days after Pacquiao's victory over Brandon Ríos, the Philippine Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) issued a freeze order on all of Pacquiao's Philippine bank accounts due to his alleged failure to pay ₱2.2 billion in taxes for earnings he made in his fights in the United States from 2008 to 2009. A day after the bank account freeze, the BIR also issued an order to freeze all of Pacquiao's Philippine properties, whereupon Pacquiao presented documents to the press showing the income tax for non-resident alien payment by his promoter to the BIR's US counterpart, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), as well as a letter from Bob Arum.[105] In April 2017, Pacquiao, now a senator, approached Philippine authorities in an attempt to settle the case. The BIR had maintained that taxes were due even if all taxes had been paid to the IRS in the first place.[106]

Homosexuality comments

In February 2016, Pacquiao, in a video statement posted by TV5, made a comment on the issue of same-sex marriage. Pacquiao, in vernacular, described people in same-sex marriages as behaving worse than animals because, he said, animals generally do not have same-sex mating.[107] LGBT celebrities criticized the statements of the senatorial candidate. Pacquiao later apologized and stated that while, as a Christian, he is still against same-sex marriage, which he said is against Biblical teachings, he did not condemn gay people themselves.[108] Nike ended their longtime partnership with Pacquiao, stating his comments against gay people were abhorrent.[109] The Grove at Farmers Market in Los Angeles also banned Pacquiao from the shopping mall.[110]

Towards the end of the video, Pacquiao clarified that he is not condemning gay people.

...but I am not condemning them, just the marriage which is a sin against God.

— Continuation of Manny Pacquiao's stand on same-sex marriage in a video statement by TV5 posted later on February 19, 2016.[111]

Personal life


Pacquiao married Jinkee Jamora on May 10, 1999.[2] Together, they have five children, Emmanuel Jr. (Jimuel), Michael Stephen, Mary Divine Grace (Princess) who is a popular YouTube vlogger with millions of subscribers and started the Pacquiao family's network of YouTube content, Queen Elizabeth (Queenie) and Israel. His first son, Jimuel, also rose to celebrity fame as an amateur boxer, model & actor,[112] while his second son, Michael, is a rapper, who also racked tens of million of streams with his songs.[113] His daughter, Queenie, was born in the United States. He resides in his hometown of General Santos, South Cotabato, Philippines.[114] As the congressman representing the lone district of Sarangani from 2010–2016, he officially resided in Kiamba, Sarangani, the hometown of his wife. Upon his election to the Senate of the Philippines, he returned his official residence to General Santos, as Senators are elected on a nationwide basis, rather than by district.

Tertiary education

On December 11, 2019, Pacquiao graduated from University of Makati with a bachelor's degree in political science; majoring in local government administration through the Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency and Accreditation Program (ETEEAP) of the Philippine Councilors League-Legislative Academy (PCCLA) which allows qualified Filipinos to complete a collegiate-level education via informal education system.[115][116]


Raised in the Catholic faith,[117] Pacquiao is currently practicing and preaching evangelical Protestantism.[118][119][120] Pacquiao said he once had a dream where he saw a pair of angels and heard the voice of God—this dream convinced him to become a devout believer.[121]

Military service

Pacquiao enlisted as a military reservist and was promoted with the rank of colonel in the Reserve Force of the Philippine Army.[122] Prior to being promoted to full colonel after finishing his General Staff Course (GSC) schooling, he held the rank of lieutenant colonel for being a member of the Philippine Congress as per the AFP's regulations for reservist officers. He first entered the army's reserve force on April 27, 2006, as a sergeant. Later, he rose to Technical Sergeant on December 1 of the same year. On October 7, 2007, he became a Master Sergeant, the highest rank for enlisted personnel. On May 4, 2009, he was given the special rank of Senior Master Sergeant and was also designated as the Command Sergeant Major of the 15th Ready Reserve Division.[123][124]

Awards and recognitions



Electoral history

2007 Philippine House of Representatives election at South Cotabato's 1st district
Party Candidate Votes %
NPC Darlene Antonino-Custodio 139,061 64.49
Liberal Manny Pacquiao 75,908 35.51
Valid ballots 214,969 100.00
NPC hold
2010 Philippine House of Representatives election at Sarangani
Party Candidate Votes %
PCM Manny Pacquiao 120,052 66.35
SARRO Roy Chiongbian 60,899 33.65
Valid ballots 180,591 97.57
Invalid or blank votes 4,499 2.43
Total votes 180,951 100.00
PCM gain from SARRO
2013 Philippine House of Representatives election at Sarangani
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UNA Manny Pacquiao 144,926
Margin of victory
Rejected ballots 47,085
Turnout 192,011 100
UNA hold Swing



Year Title Role Notes
TBA Freedom Fighters Col. Macario Peralta, Jr.
TBA Malvar Gen. Miguel Malvar
2015 Manny Himself Documentary film
2009 Wapakman Magno Meneses/Wapakman 35th Metro Manila Film Festival entry
2008 Pangarap Kong Jackpot Abel Segment "Sa Ngalan ng Busabos"
Brown Soup Thing Cousin Manny
Anak ng Kumander Kumander Idel Story
2005 Lisensyadong Kamao Ambrocio "Bruce" Lerio
2001 Basagan ng Mukha Dodong
Mahal Kita... Kahit Sino Ka Pa! Dong
2000 Di Ko Kayang Tanggapin Dong


Year Title Role Network
2019 ASAP Natin To' Performer ABS-CBN
2017–2019 Stories for the Soul Host GMA Network
2014–2015 MP Featuring Sport Science Host
2013 Para sa 'Yo ang Laban na Ito Host
2011–2012 Manny Many Prizes Host
2009–2011 Show Me Da Manny Manuel "Manny" Santos
2009 Totoy Bato Emmanuel
2007–2010 Pinoy Records Host
2005 Kamao: Matira Ang Matibay Host ABS-CBN

TV documentary film

Year Title Role Notes
2019 PBC Fight Camp: Pacquiao vs. Thurman Himself TV documentary – Fox
2019 All Access: Pacquiao vs. Broner Himself TV documentary – Showtime
2015 Pacman: Laban Kung Laban Himself TV documentary – ABS-CBN
2015 At Last: Mayweather vs. Pacquiao Himself TV documentary – HBO
2015 Inside Mayweather vs. Pacquiao Himself TV documentary – Showtime
2014 24/7: Pacquiao/Algieri Himself TV documentary – HBO
2014 24/7: Pacquiao/Bradley 2 Himself TV documentary – HBO
2013 24/7: Pacquiao/Rios Himself TV documentary – HBO
2012 24/7: Pacquiao/Marquez 4 Himself TV documentary – HBO
2012 24/7: Pacquiao/Bradley Himself TV documentary – HBO
2012 The Fighters Himself TV documentary – CNN
2012 I Am Bruce Lee Himself TV documentary – History
2011 24/7: Pacquiao/Marquez Himself TV documentary – HBO
2011 Fight Camp 360°: Pacquiao vs. Mosley Himself TV documentary – Showtime
2010 24/7: Pacquiao/Margarito Himself TV documentary – HBO
2010 Road to Dallas: Pacquiao vs. Clottey Himself TV documentary – HBO
2010 Manny Pacquiao Himself TV documentary – BIO Channel
2009 24/7: Pacquiao/Cotto Himself TV documentary – HBO
2009 3 Kings: Viloria, Pacquiao, Donaire Himself TV documentary – C/S 9
2009 Team Pacquiao Himself TV documentary – GMA Network
2009 24/7: Pacquiao/Hatton Himself TV documentary – HBO
2008 24/7: De La Hoya/Pacquiao Himself TV documentary – HBO
2008 Countdown to Pacquiao-Marquez 2 Himself TV documentary – HBO
2007 Countdown to Pacquiao-Barrera 2 Himself TV documentary – HBO
2006 Countdown to Pacquiao-Morales 3 Himself TV documentary – HBO
2004 The People's Champion Himself Video documentary – VIVA Films
2004 No Fear: The Manny Pacquiao Story Himself Video documentary – VIVA Films

Basketball stats

  GP Games played   GS Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

PBA season-by-season averages

Correct as of February 18, 2018[182][183]

2014–15 Kia Picanto 4 6.1 .000 .000 .500 .5 .3 .0 .0 .3
2015–16 Kia Picanto 5 5.3 .200 .250 .500 .4 .2 .0 .0 1.2
2016–17 Kia Picanto 1 8.6 .750 .000 .000 1.0 .0 .0 .0 6.0
Career 10 5.9 .125 .125 .400 .5 .2 .0 .0 1.3

UNTV Cup season-by-season averages

Correct as of February 2, 2019[184]

2018-19 Senate Defenders 1 0 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 12.0
Career 1 0 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 12.0

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