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Manny Pacquiao
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Pacquiao during the ceremonial first pitch at a baseball game
Personal information
Real name: Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao
Nickname(s): Pac-Man,
Ang Pambansang Kamao (The Nation's Fist),
The Mexicutioner
The Destroyer,
Fighting Pride of the Philippines,
Pambansang Ninong (National Godfather),[1]
The Fighting Congressman[citation needed]
Nationality: Filipino
Date of birth: (1978-12-17) December 17, 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth: Kibawe, Bukidnon, Philippines
Personal Statistics
Rated at: Flyweight
Super Bantamweight
Featherweight
Super Featherweight
Lightweight
Light Welterweight
Welterweight
Light Middleweight
Reach: 67 in (Bad rounding hereScript error cm)
Boxing career information

Emmanuel "Manny" Dapidran Pacquiao, born December 17, 1978) is a Filipino professional boxer and politician. He is the first eight-division world champion,[2] in which he has won ten world titles, as well as the first to win the lineal championship in four different weight classes.[3] He is also the second highest paid athlete in the world.[4][5]

He was named "Fighter of the Decade" for the 2000s (decade) by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA), World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Organization (WBO). He is also a three-time The Ring and BWAA "Fighter of the Year," winning the award in 2006, 2008 and 2009, and the Best Fighter ESPY Award in 2009 and 2011.[6]

He was long rated as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world by some sporting news and boxing websites, including ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Sporting Life, Yahoo! Sports, About.com, BoxRec and The Ring.[7][8] In April 2012, Pacquiao dropped to number two in the rankings, behind Floyd Mayweather, Jr.[9] However on May 7, 2012, The Ring declared the top position vacant and jointly ranked Pacquiao and Mayweather in the number two spot.[10]

Aside from boxing, Pacquiao has participated in acting, music recording and politics. In May 2010, Pacquiao was elected to the House of Representatives in the 15th Congress of the Philippines, representing the province of Sarangani.[11]

Personal life Edit

Pacquiao was born on December 17, 1978, in Kibawe, Bukidnon, Philippines. He is the son of Rosalio Pacquiao and Dionesia Dapidran-Pacquiao.[12] His parents separated when he was in sixth grade, after his mother discovered that his father was living with another woman.[12] He is the fourth among six siblings: Liza Silvestre-Onding and Domingo Silvestre (from first husband of his mother) and Isidra Pacquiao-Paglinawan, Alberto "Bobby" Pacquiao and Rogelio Pacquiao.

Pacquiao is married to Maria Geraldine "Jinkee" Jamora,[13] and they have four children: Emmanuel Jr. "Jimuel", Michael, Princess, and Queen Elizabeth "Queenie." He resides in his hometown General Santos City, South Cotabato, Philippines.[14] However, as a congressman of lone district of Sarangani, he is officially residing in Kiamba, Sarangani, the hometown of his wife.

Pacquiao was a devout Roman Catholic.[15] Within the ring, he frequently makes the sign of the cross and every time he comes back from a successful fight abroad, he attends a thanksgiving Mass in Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo, Manila to kneel and pray. Following his defeat by Juan Manuel Márquez, his mother condemned him leaving the Catholic church. Pastor Jeric Sorino, Pacquiao's spiritual adviser, comes from the Alabang New Life Christian Center in Muntinlupa.[16]

Pacquiao is also a military reservist with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Reserve Force of the Philippine Army.[17] Prior to being commissioned to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, 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 in the 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.[18]

Education Edit

Pacquiao completed his elementary education at Saavedra Saway Elementary School in General Santos City, but dropped out of high school due to extreme poverty.[19] He left his home at age 14 because his mother, who had six children, was not making enough money to support her family.[19]

In February 2007 he took, and passed, a high school equivalency exam making him eligible for college education.[20] He was awarded with a high school diploma by the Department of Education. Pacquiao enrolled for a college degree in business management at Notre Dame of Dadiangas University (NDDU) in his hometown in General Santos City.

On February 18, 2009, Pacquiao was conferred the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humanities (Honoris Causa) by Southwestern University (SWU) at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino in Lahug, Cebu City in recognition of his boxing achievements and humanitarian work.[21]

In preparation for his career as a lawmaker in the 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).[22]

Amateur boxing career Edit

At the age of 14, Pacquiao moved to Manila and lived, for a time, on the streets. 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 64 fights (60–4).[23]

Professional boxing career Edit

Light Flyweight Edit

In 1995, the death of a young aspiring boxer and close friend, Eugene Barutag, spurred the young Pacquiao to pursue a professional boxing career.[24] Pacquiao started his professional boxing career when he was just 16 years of age, stood at 4'11'' and weighed 98 pounds (7 pounds under the minimumweight division). He admitted before American media that he put weights in his pockets to make the 105-pound weight limit.[25] His early light flyweight division fights took place in small local venues and were shown on Vintage Sports' Blow by Blow, an evening boxing show. His professional debut was a four-round bout against Edmund "Enting" Ignacio, on January 22, 1995, which Pacquiao won via decision, becoming an instant star of the program.

Pacquiao's weight increased from 106 to 113 pounds before losing in his 12th bout against Rustico Torrecampo via a third-round knockout. Pacquiao failed to make the required weight, so he was forced to use heavier gloves than Torrecampo, thereby putting him at a disadvantage.[26]

Flyweight Edit

Following the Torrecampo fight, Pacquiao continued undefeated for his next 15 fights. He went on another unbeaten run that saw him take on the vastly more experienced Chokchai Chockvivat in flyweight division. Pacquiao knocked out Chockvivat in the fifth round and took the OPBF Flyweight title.[27] After one official defense and two non-title bouts, Pacquiao got his first opportunity to fight for a world title.

Pacquiao vs. Sasakul Edit

Pacquiao captured the Lineal and WBC Flyweight titles (his first major boxing world title) over Chatchai Sasakul by way of knockout in the eighth round. He defended the titles successfully against Mexican Gabriel Mira via a fourth-round technical knockout. However, Pacquiao lost the Lineal title in his second defense against Medgoen Singsurat, also known as Medgoen 3K Battery, via a third-round knockout. The bout was held in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand. Singsurat got Pacquiao on the ropes and landed a flush straight right to the body, coiling Pacquiao over and keeping him there. Pacquiao lost the WBC title at the scales, as he surpassed the weight limit of 112 pounds.

Super Bantamweight Edit

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Following his loss to Singsurat, Pacquiao gained weight and skipped the super flyweight and bantamweight divisions. This time, Pacquiao went to super bantamweight, or junior featherweight, division of 122 pounds, where he picked up the WBC International Super Bantamweight title. He defended this title five times before his chance for a world title fight came. Pacquiao's big break came on June 23, 2001, against IBF Super Bantamweight title holder Lehlohonolo Ledwaba. Pacquiao stepped into the fight as a late replacement on two weeks' notice but won the fight by technical knockout to win the title, his second major boxing world title. The bout was held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao went on to defend this title four times under head trainer Freddie Roach, owner of the famous Wild Card Gym in West Hollywood.

Featherweight Edit

Pacquiao vs. Barrera I Edit

On November 15, 2003, Pacquiao faced Marco Antonio Barrera at the Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, in a fight that many consider to have defined his career. Pacquiao, who was fighting at featherweight for the first time, brought his power with him and defeated Barrera via technical knockout in the eleventh round, the only knockout loss in Barrera's career, and won the Lineal & The Ring Featherweight Championship, making him the first Filipino and Asian to become a three-division world champion, a fighter who won world titles in three different weight divisions. He defended the title twice before relinquishing it in 2005.[28]

On November 24, 2003, the then Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo conferred on Pacquiao the Presidential Medal of Merit at the Ceremonial Hall of Malacañan Palace for his knockout victory over the best featherweight boxer of the world. The following day, the members of the House of Representatives of the Philippines presented the House Resolution No. 765, authored by the then House Speaker Jose De Venecia and Bukidnon Representative Juan Miguel Zubiri, which honored Pacquiao the Congressional Medal of Achievement for his exceptional achievements. Pacquiao is the first sportsman to receive such an honor from the House of Representatives.[29][30]

Pacquiao vs. Marquez I Edit

Six months after the fight with Barrera, Pacquiao went on to challenge Juan Manuel Márquez, who at the time held both the WBA and IBF Featherweight titles. The fight took place at the MGM Grand Arena, Las Vegas, on May 8, 2004. After twelve rounds, the bout was scored a draw, which proved to be a controversial decision that outraged both camps.[31]

In the first round, Márquez was caught cold, as he was knocked down three times by Pacquiao. However, Márquez showed great heart to recover from the early knockdowns and went on to win the majority of rounds thereafter. This was largely due to Márquez's counterpunch style, which he managed to effectively utilize against the aggressive style of Pacquiao. At the end of a very close fight, both boxers felt they had done enough to win the fight. The final scores were 115–110 for Márquez, 115–110 for Pacquiao and 113–113.[31] One of the judges (who scored the bout 113–113) later admitted to making an error on the scorecards, having scored the first round as 10–7 in favor of Pacquiao instead of the standard 10–6 for a three-knockdown round. If he had scored the round 10–6 for Pacquiao (as the other two judges did), the result would have been a split decision in favor of Pacquiao.[31]

Super Featherweight Edit

Pacquiao vs. Morales I Edit

On March 19, 2005, Pacquiao moved up in super featherweight, or junior lightweight, division of 130 pounds, in order to fight another Mexican legend and three-division world champion Érik Morales for the vacant WBC International and vacant IBA Super Featherweight titled. The fight took place at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas. In this fight, Pacquiao sustained a cut over his right eye from an accidental clash of heads in the fifth round. He lost the twelve-round match by a unanimous decision from the judges. All three scorecards read 115–113 for Morales.[32]

On September 10, 2005, Manny Pacquiao knocked out in six rounds Héctor Velázquez at Staples Center in Los Angeles to capture the WBC International Super Featherweight title, which he went on to defend five times. On the same day, his rival, Érik Morales, fought Zahir Raheem and lost via unanimous decision.

Pacquiao vs. Morales II Edit

Despite Morales's loss to Raheem, Pacquiao got matched up against Morales in a rematch which took place on January 21, 2006 at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas. During the fight, Morales escaped being knocked down twice, once in the second round by holding onto the ropes and once in the sixth by falling on the referee. Pacquiao eventually knocked Morales out in the tenth, the first time Morales was knocked out in his boxing career.[33]

On July 2, 2006, Pacquiao defended his WBC International title against Óscar Larios, a two-time Super Bantamweight Champion who had moved up two weight divisions to fight Pacquiao. Pacquiao won the fight via unanimous decision, knocking down Larios two times in the 12-round bout at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Philippines. The three judges scored the fight 117–110, 118–108 and 120–106 all for Pacquiao.[34]

On July 3, 2006, the day after winning the fight against Larios, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo personally bestowed the Order of Lakandula with the rank of "Champion for Life" (Kampeon Habambuhay) and the plaque of appreciation to Pacquiao in a simple ceremony at the Presidential Study of Malacañan Palace.[35]

Pacquiao vs. Morales III Edit

Pacquiao and Morales fought a third time (with the series tied 1–1) on November 18, 2006. Witnessed by a near-record crowd of 18,276, the match saw Pacquiao defeat Morales via a third-round knockout at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.[36] After the Pacquiao–Morales rubber match, Bob Arum, Pacquiao's main promoter, announced that Manny had returned his signing bonus back to Golden Boy Promotions, signaling intentions to stay with Top Rank. This prompted Golden Boy Promotions to sue Pacquiao over breach of contract.[37]

After a failed promotional negotiation with Marco Antonio Barrera's camp, Bob Arum chose Jorge Solís as Pacquiao's next opponent among several fighters Arum offered as replacements. The bout was held in San Antonio, Texas, on April 14, 2007. In the sixth round, an accidental headbutt occurred, giving Pacquiao a cut under his left eyebrow. The fight ended in the eighth when Pacquiao knocked Solis down twice. Solis barely beat the count after the second knockdown, causing the referee to stop the fight and award Pacquiao a knockout win. The victory raised Pacquiao's win–loss–draw record to 44–3–2 with 34 knockouts. This also marked the end of Solis's undefeated streak.

Pacquiao vs. Barrera II Edit

On June 29, 2007, Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions announced that they agreed to settle their lawsuit, meaning the long-awaited rematch with Marco Antonio Barrera would occur despite Pacquiao being the top-ranked contender for Juan Manuel Márquez's WBC Super Featherweight title. On October 6, 2007, Pacquiao defeated Barrera in their rematch via an easy unanimous decision. In the eleventh round, Pacquiao's punch caused a deep cut below Barrera's right eye. Barrera retaliated with an illegal punch on the break that dazed Pacquiao, but also resulted in a point deduction for Barrera. Two judges scored the bout 118–109, whereas the third scored it 115–112.[38]

In The Ring Magazine, Pacquiao (45–3–2) remained at the top of the super featherweight division (130 pounds). He had been in the ratings for 108 weeks.[39][40] On November 13, 2007, he was honored by the World Boxing Council as Emeritus Champion during its 45th Annual World Convention held at the Manila Hotel.[41]

On November 20, 2007, José Nuñez, manager of WBO Super Featherweight Champion Joan Guzmán, accused Pacquiao's handler Bob Arum of evading a match between the two boxers to protect Pacquiao.[42] Guzmán went as far as to directly call out Pacquiao at the postfight press conference of the Pacquiao–Barrera rematch in front of the crowd at the Mandalay Bay Events Center's media room in Las Vegas.[43]

Pacquiao vs. Marquez II Edit

On March 15, 2008, in a rematch against Juan Manuel Márquez, called "Unfinished Business," Pacquiao won via split decision. The fight was held at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. With the victory, Pacquiao won the WBC Super Featherweight and The Ring Super Featherweight titles, making him the first Filipino and Asian to become a four-division world champion, a fighter who won world titles in four different weight divisions. The fight was a close hard fought battle, during which both fighters received cuts.[44] Throughout the fight, Márquez landed the most punches at a higher percentage; however, the decisive factor proved to be a third-round knockdown, wherein Márquez was floored by a Pacquiao left hook.[44] At the end of the fight, the judges' scores were 115–112 for Pacquiao, 115–112 for Márquez and 114–113 for Pacquiao.[44]

In the post-fight news conference, Márquez’s camp called for an immediate rematch. In addition, Richard Schaefer, Golden Boy Promotions CEO, offered a $6 million guarantee to Pacquiao for a rematch.[45] However, Pacquiao ruled out a third clash with Márquez, saying, "I don't think so. This business is over."[44] The reason that Pacquiao did not want a rematch was because he intended to move up to the lightweight division to challenge David Díaz, the reigning WBC Lightweight title holder at that time.[44] Díaz won a majority decision over Ramón Montano that night as an undercard of the "Unfinished Business" fight.

Lightweight Edit

Pacquiao vs. Díaz Edit

On June 28, 2008, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Pacquiao defeated David Díaz in lightweight division via ninth-round knockout and won the WBC Lightweight title. With the victory, Pacquiao became the first and only Filipino and Asian to become a five-division world champion, a fighter who won world titles in five different weight divisions,[46] and also became the first Filipino fighter to ever win a world title at lightweight.[47] During the fight, which Pacquiao dominated, Díaz was cut badly on his right eye in the fourth round.[48] After the bout, Díaz acknowledged Pacquiao's superior hand speed, stating "It was his speed. It was all his speed. I could see the punches perfectly, but he was just too fast."[49]

Bob Arum reported that the fight had made 12.5 million dollars, earning Díaz his best payday of 850,000 dollars, whilst Pacquiao earned at least 3 million dollars.[46] Official records revealed an attendance of 8,362 (out of a maximum capacity of 12,000).[50]

Holding both the WBC Super Featherweight and Lightweight titles following the win, Pacquiao decided to vacate his super featherweight title in July 2008.[51]

On August 7, 2008, the members of the House of Representatives of the Philippines issued a House Resolution, sponsored by South Cotabato Congresswoman Darlene Antonino-Custodio, which recognized Pacquiao as a "People’s Champ" — "for his achievements and in appreciation of the honor and inspiration he has been bringing... to the Filipino people." He received a plaque from the then House Speaker Prospero Nograles.[52]

Welterweight Edit

Pacquiao vs. De La Hoya Edit

On December 6, 2008, Pacquiao moved up to the welterweight division in order to face the six-division world champion Oscar De La Hoya at the MGM Grand, in a fight called "The Dream Match." Presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank, the bout was scheduled as a twelve-round, non-title fight contested at the 147-pound welterweight limit. Although Pacquiao went into the fight widely recognized as the leading pound-for-pound boxer in the world, some boxing pundits had speculated that 147 pounds could be too far above his natural weight against the larger De La Hoya.[53] However, due to rehydration after the weigh in, De La Hoya came into the fight actually weighing less than Pacquiao and close to 20 pounds under his usual fighting weight. Pacquiao dominated the fight and, after eight rounds, De La Hoya's corner was forced to throw in the towel, awarding Pacquiao the win via technical knockout.[54]

Pacquiao was ahead on all three judges' scorecards before the stoppage, with two judges scoring the fight at 80–71 and one scoring it at 79–72.[55] Moreover, Pacquiao landed 224 out of 585 punches, whilst De La Hoya landed only 83 out of 402 punches.[55] After the bout, trainer Freddie Roach stated, "We knew we had him after the first round. He had no legs, he was hesitant and he was shot."[56] The fight would be De La Hoya's last, as he announced his retirement from boxing shortly after.[57]

Pacquiao received 15 to 30 million dollars (share of the pay-per-view), plus a guaranteed amount.[58] Tickets reportedly sold out just hours after they went on sale. Moreover, the total gate revenue for the fight was said to be nearly 17 million dollars, making it the second largest gate revenue in boxing history.[59]

On December 22, 2008, Pacquiao has been decorated with the Philippine Legion of Honor with the rank of "Officer" (Pinuno) in a ceremony marking the 73rd founding anniversary of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. As an army reservist, he was given recognition for bringing pride and honor to the country through his remarkable achievements in the ring.[60]

Light Welterweight Edit

Pacquiao vs. Hatton Edit

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On May 2, 2009, Pacquiao fought at light welterweight, or super lightweight, division for the first time against Ricky Hatton at the MGM Grand Las Vegas, in a fight billed as "The Battle of the East and West." Pacquiao won the bout via knockout to claim Hatton's The Ring and IBO Light Welterweight titles. In doing so, Pacquiao became the second man in boxing history to become a six-division world champion, a fighter who won world titles in six different weight divisions and the first man ever to win lineal world titles in four different weight classes.[61]

The fight was originally placed in jeopardy due to disputes with both camps over the fight purse money.[62] Eventually, the money issue was settled and the fight went on as scheduled. HBO aired the contest.[63]

Pacquiao started the fight strong, knocking down Hatton twice in the first round.[64] A somewhat shaken Hatton beat the count, only to be saved by the bell seconds later. In the second round, Hatton seemed to have recovered, as he stalked Pacquiao for most of the round. However, with less than ten seconds remaining in the second round, Hatton was knocked out cold by a sharp left hook, prompting the referee to award Pacquiao the win by knockout (at 2:59 of the round).[65]

The knockout won him the The Ring Magazine "Knockout of the Year" for 2009.

Return to welterweight Edit

Pacquiao vs. Cotto Edit

On November 14, 2009, Pacquiao defeated Miguel Cotto via technical knockout in the twelfth round at the MGM Grand Las Vegas in a fight billed as "Firepower." Although the bout was sanctioned as a world title fight in the welterweight division, where the weight limit is 147 pounds, Cotto agreed to fight at a catchweight of 145 pounds.[66]

Pacquiao dominated the fight, knocking Cotto down in round three and round four, before the referee stopped the fight at 0:55 of round twelve.[67] With this victory, Pacquiao took the WBO Welterweight title, was awarded the WBO Super Championship title and became the first seven-division world champion, the first fighter in boxing history to win world titles in seven different weight divisions.[68] Pacquiao also won the first and special WBC Diamond Championship belt.[69] This belt was created as an honorary championship exclusively to award the winner of a historic fight between two high-profile boxers.[70] After the fight, promoter Bob Arum stated "Pacquiao is the greatest boxer I've ever seen, and I've seen them all, including Ali, Hagler and Sugar Ray Leonard."[71] Miguel Cotto said in a post fight interview: "Miguel Cotto comes to boxing to fight the biggest names, and Manny is one of the best boxers we have of all time."

The fight generated 1.25 million buys and $70 million in domestic pay-per-view revenue, making it the most watched boxing event of 2009.[72] Pacquiao earned around $22 million for his part in the fight, whilst Cotto earned around $12 million.[72] Pacquiao–Cotto also generated a live gate of $8,847,550 from an official crowd of 15,930.[72]

On November 20, 2009, in a simple rites at the Quirino Grandstand, President Macapagal-Arroyo conferred Pacquiao the Order of Sikatuna with the rank of Datu (Grand Cross) with Gold distinction (Katangiang Ginto) which usually bestowed to foreign diplomats and heads of state. It was awarded to Pacquiao for winning his historical seventh weight division world title.[73]

Following the victory against Cotto, there was much public demand for a fight between the seven-division world champion Manny Pacquiao (the number-one pound-for-pound boxer) and the five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (the number-two and former number-one pound-for-pound boxer). Pacquiao reportedly agreed to fight Mayweather on March 13, 2010 for a split of $50 million up front.[74] And it was later agreed that the venue for the fight would be the MGM Grand Las Vegas. However, the bout was put in jeopardy due to disagreements about Olympic-style drug testing. The Mayweather camp wanted random blood testing by the United States Anti-Doping Agency,[75] whereas Pacquiao refused to have any blood testing within 30 days from the fight, because he thought it would weaken him, but he was willing to have blood taken from him before the 30-day window as well as immediately after the fight.[76] Freddie Roach, on the other hand, commented that he would not allow blood to be taken from Pacquiao one week before the fight.[77][78] In an attempt to resolve their differences, the two camps went through a process of mediation before a retired judge. After the mediation process Mayweather agreed to a 14-day no blood testing window. However, Pacquiao refused and instead only agreed to a 24-day no blood testing window.[79] Consequently, on January 7, 2010, Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum declared that the fight was officially off.[80]

Because of Pacquiao's reluctance to submit to random blood testing to the extent requested by Mayweather, despite lack of evidence, the Mayweather camp repeated their suggestion that Pacquiao was using banned substances, which resulted in Pacquiao filing a lawsuit for defamation, seeking damages in excess of 75,000 dollars.[81] The lawsuit cited accusations made by Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Floyd Mayweather Sr., Roger Mayweather, Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer.[81][82]

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After negotiations for the Mayweather fight fell through, other boxers were considered to replace Mayweather as Pacquiao's next opponent, including former Light Welterweight Champion Paul Malignaggi,[83] and WBA Light Middleweight title holder Yuri Foreman.[84] However, Pacquiao chose to fight former IBF Welterweight title holder Joshua Clottey instead.

Pacquiao vs. Clottey Edit

On March 13, 2010, at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Pacquiao defeated Clottey via unanimous decision to retain his WBO Welterweight title. The judges scored the fight 120–108, 119–109 and 119–109, all in favor of Pacquiao.[85] During the fight, Pacquiao threw a total of 1231 punches (a career high), but landed just 246, as most were blocked by Clottey's tight defense. On the other hand, Clottey threw a total of 399 punches, landing 108.[86]

The fight was rewarded with a paid crowd of 36,371 and a gate of $6,359,985, according to post-fight tax reports filed with Texas boxing regulators.[87] Counting complimentary tickets delivered to sponsors, media outlets and others, the Dallas fight attracted 41,843,[87] well short of the 50,994 that was previously announced,[88] but still an epic number for boxing. In addition, the bout drew 700,000 pay-per-view buys and earned $35.3 million in domestic revenue.[89]

Manny Pacquiao was named as the Fighter of the Decade for years 2000–2009 by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA). This award was presented by legendary boxer Joe Frazier, who was also a recipient of the award himself back in 1978 for defeating Muhammad Ali. Aside from this prestigious recognition, he was also named as the Sugar Ray Robinson Fighter of the Year for 2009, having received the same honor in 2006 and 2008. The awards ceremony was held at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City on June 4, 2010.[6]

After his victory over Clottey, Pacquiao was expected to return to boxing in late 2010 with a possible matchup against Floyd Mayweather, Jr.. It was later reported that Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer and Top Rank Chief Bob Arum worked out a '"Super Fight" between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, Jr.. However, complications arose when Mayweather requested Pacquiao undergo random blood and urine testing up until the fight day. Pacquiao responded that he would agree to undergo blood and urine testing up until 14 days before the fight (as requested by Mayweather in the first round of negotiations), stating that giving blood too close to the fight day would weaken him. On May 13, 2010, Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum announced that he had penciled in November 13, 2010 as the date of Manny Pacquiao's next fight, possibly against Mayweather. However, the stumbling block over demands that Pacquiao submit to Olympic-level random drug testing put the fight in jeopardy.[90]

On June 12, 2010, the President of Golden Boy Promotions, Oscar De La Hoya, stated during an interview with a Spanish network that the deal for the fight was very close and the negotiation process has been very difficult.[91] On June 30, 2010, Arum announced that the management of both sides had agreed to terms, that all points had been settled (including Pacquiao agreeing to submit to both blood and urine testing) and only the signature of Floyd Mayweather, Jr. was needed to seal the deal that could have earned both fighters at least $40 million each. Mayweather was then given a two-week deadline for the fight contract to be signed.[92] Arum also announced that Pacquiao accepted the terms of the random drug testing, blood and urine, leading up to the fight.[93]

On July 15, 2010, Bob Arum announced that Pacquiao's camp would give Mayweather until Friday midnight to sign the fight. The next day, the Top Rank website embedded a countdown clock on their website with the heading "Money" Time: Mayweather's Decision.[94] On July 17, 2010, Arum announced that there was no word from Mayweather's camp and the deal for a November 13, 2010 fight with Mayweather was not reached.

On July 19, 2010, Leonard Ellerbe, one of Floyd Mayweather, Jr.'s closest advisers, denied that negotiations for a super fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao had ever taken place. Ellerbe stated that Bob Arum was not telling the truth.[95] Bob Arum responded, questioning that if there was no negotiation, then who imposed the gag order (referring to a gag order about the negotiation allegedly imposed on both camps) and who could there be a gag order from if there were no negotiations. He also criticized Oscar De La Hoya and his Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer for denying that negotiations took place, when De La Hoya himself had previously stated that they were "very, very close in finalizing the contracts."[96] Arum revealed that HBO Sports President Ross Greenburg acted as the mediator between Mayweather’s handlers and those of Pacquiao’s from Top Rank Promotions.[97] On July 26, 2010, Ross Greenburg said in a statement that he has been negotiating with a representative from each side since May 2, 2010, carefully trying to put the fight together and he did in fact act as a go-between in negotiations with the two sides, but they were unable to come to an agreement, contradicting what Arum and the Pacquiao camp had said.[98][99] Floyd Mayweather, Jr., after the second negotiation had been officially declared off, told the Associated Press that he had fought sixty days ago and that he was not interested in rushing into anything and was not really thinking about boxing at the moment.[100] Almost a year later, on July 8, 2011, Manny Pacquiao's top adviser Michael Koncz confirmed that Pacquiao had in fact never agreed to testing up until fight day, which contradicted what Bob Arum and the Pacquiao camp had been saying for well over a year.[101]

Light Middleweight Edit

Pacquiao vs. Margarito Edit

On July 23, 2010, Bob Arum announced that Pacquiao would fight Antonio Margarito on November 13, 2010. The fight for the vacant WBC Light Middleweight title gave Pacquiao the chance to win a world title in his eighth weight class, the light middleweight, or super welterweight, division.[102] A catchweight of 150 pounds was established for the fight, although the weight limit for the light middleweight division is 154 pounds. During the pre-fight, Pacquiao weighed in at a low 144.6 pounds, while Margarito weighed in at the limit of 150 pounds. Pacquiao said he was pleased with his weight because he loses too much speed when he gains pounds. During the fight itself, Pacquiao weighed 148 lbs, 17 pounds lighter than Margarito's 165.[103]

Prior to the fight, Pacquiao's team demanded to the Texas officials to test Margarito for banned substances after a weight loss supplement, reportedly Hydroxycut, was found in his locker. It was stated that the officials would undergo testing for both boxers after the fight.[104] In the fight, Pacquiao defeated Margarito via unanimous decision, using his superior handspeed and movement to win his 8th world title in as many divisions. In the penultimate round, Pacquiao implored referee Laurence Cole several times to stop the fight as Margarito had a swollen face and a large cut beneath the right eye, but the referee let the fight continue.[105] Margarito had to be taken directly to the hospital after the fight, where it was discovered his orbital bone had been fractured; he had to undergo surgery.[106]

On November 22, 2010, after winning world title in his eighth weight division, Pacquiao was awarded with another Congressional Medal of Distinction from his fellow congressmen led by House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte during the ceremony at the Philippine House of Representatives.[107]

Because Pacquiao had no plans to defend the WBC Light Middleweight title that he won against Margarito, the WBC Board of Governors voted to declare the title vacant.[108]

Second return to welterweight Edit

Pacquiao vs. Mosley Edit

On May 7, 2011, Pacquiao successfully defended his WBO Welterweight title against three-division world champion Shane Mosley via lopsided unanimous decision at the MGM Grand Arena. Rapper LL Cool J performed as Mosley first entered the arena, while vocalist Jimi Jamison of the rock band Survivor sang "Eye of the Tiger" as Pacquiao approached the ring. Pacquiao knocked Mosley down in the third round using a one-two capped with a left straight. Mosley was left dazed by the knockdown but managed to stand up.[109] Mosley floored Pacquiao in the tenth round with a push, but referee Kenny Bayless inexplicably ruled it a knockdown. None of the judges seemed to have bought it judging from the scores. Replays showed that Pacquiao was throwing a punch off balance, had his right foot stepped on by Mosley's left foot and went down with a little help from Mosley's right hand. Bayless apologized to Pacquiao after the fight for the mistake. Pacquiao gained one-sided verdicts from all three judges – 119–108, 120–108 and 120–107.[110] Pacquiao reported that the only thing preventing him from knocking out Mosley was a cramp in his legs. Freddie Roach said that Pacquiao had problems with cramping before but usually in training sessions and not in the middle of bouts.[111] After the fight, there was much controversy over Shane Mosley reportedly telling Floyd Mayweather that he should have made Pacquiao "take the test."[112]

Bob Arum talked about having Pacquiao's next bout at the MGM Grand on November 5, 2011 or across town at the Thomas and Mack Center on November 12, 2011. Arum listed Juan Manuel Marquez as the first choice and then mentioned Timothy Bradley and Zab Judah as other options.[113]

Pacquiao vs. Marquez III Edit

Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum stated that a third meeting with Márquez could happen in November 2011, providing Pacquiao defeated his next opponent Shane Mosley on May 7.[114] On May 10, Márquez accepted an offer from Top Rank to fight Pacquiao for his WBO Welterweight title at a catchweight of 144 pounds.[115] On May 18, Márquez signed the deal to fight Pacquiao for the third time on November 12 at Las Vegas.

On November 12, Marquez lost to Pacquiao via majority decision by garnering scores 114–114, 115–113 & 116–112 from scorecards of three judges. Upon the results being announced, the crowd reaction was largely negative with thousands continuing to boo[116] as Pacquiao spoke with Max Kellerman. Tim Smith of New York's Daily News wrote that Márquez "was robbed of a decision by judges who were either blind or corrupt."[117] However, ringside punch stats showed Pacquiao landing more strikes, 176 to 138, and landing more power punches, 117 to 100.[118] Michael Woods of ESPN stated that Marquez was not robbed noting the Compubox stats, all of which favored Pacquiao.[119]

Pacquiao vs. Bradley Edit

On February 5, Bob Arum announced Timothy Bradley as Pacquiao's next opponent on June 9 for his WBO Welterweight title, after another failed negotiation attempt with Floyd Mayweather, Jr. on Cinco De Mayo.[120] During the final press conference, WBO President Francisco "Paco" Valcarcel awarded Pacquiao with WBO Diamond Ring in recognition of Pacquiao as the WBO Best Pound-for-Pound Fighter of the Decade.[121]

Pacquiao lost the bout in a controversial split decision, scoring 115-113, 113-115 and 113-115 from the three judges. The decision was booed by the crowd and criticized by many news outlets who were independently scoring the fight. However, Pacquiao was gracious in defeat and Bradley called for a rematch. Following the decision, many analysts called the decision a corruption of the sport. ESPN.com scored the fight 119-109 for Pacquiao. HBO's unofficial judge, Harold Lederman, also had it 119-109 for Pacquiao. Most ringside media also scored the fight in favor of Pacquiao.[122]

Four days after the fight, Valcarcel said in a statement on June 13, 2012, that, though the WBO did not doubt the ability of the scoring judges, the WBO's Championship Committee would review the video of the fight with five independent, competent and recognized international judges and make a recommendation.[123] On June 21, 2012, the five WBO Championship Committee judges on the review panel announced that Pacquiao should have won his controversial defeat, with all scoring the fight unanimously in Pacquiao's favor — 117-111, 117-111, 118-110, 116-112 and 115-113. However, the WBO cannot overturn the result of the fight (only the NSAC would be able to do so), but recommended a rematch between the fighters.[124]

Pacquiao vs. Marquez IV Edit

Pacquiao met Juan Manuel Márquez December 8, 2012, for a fourth time, in a non-title bout at welterweight. Pacquiao was knocked out with one second left in the sixth round by a right to the jaw, giving Marquez the KO win.[125]

Professional boxing record Edit

54 Wins (38 knockouts, 16 decisions), 5 Losses (3 knockouts, 2 decisions), 2 Draws[126]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss54-5-2Mexico Juan Manuel Márquez KO 6 (12), 2:59 2012-12-08 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada For WBO 'Champion of the Decade' belt.[127]
Loss54-4-2United States Timothy Bradley SD 12 2012-06-09 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada Lost WBO Welterweight title.
Win54-3-2Mexico Juan Manuel Márquez MD 12 2011-11-12 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBO Welterweight title. Fight at 144-pound catch weight.
Win53-3-2 United States Shane Mosley UD 12 2011-05-07 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBO Welterweight title.
Win52-3-2 Mexico Antonio Margarito UD 12 2010-11-13 United States Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas Won vacant WBC Light Middleweight title. Fight at 150-pound catch weight.
Win51-3-2 22x20px Joshua Clottey UD 12 2010-03-13 United States Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas Retained WBO Welterweight title.
Win50-3-2 22x20px Miguel Cotto TKO 12 (12), 0:55 2009-11-14 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada Won WBO & WBC Diamond Welterweight titles.
Fight at 145-pound catch weight.
Win49-3-2 22x20px Ricky Hatton KO 2 (12), 2:59 2009-05-02 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada Won The Ring & IBO Light Welterweight titles.
Win48-3-2 United States Oscar De La Hoya RTD 8 (12), 3:00 2008-12-06 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada Non-title welterweight bout.
Win47-3-2 United States David Díaz TKO 9 (12), 2:24 2008-06-28 United States Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada Won WBC Lightweight title.
Win46-3-2 Mexico Juan Manuel Márquez SD 12 2008-03-15 United States Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada Won WBC & vacant The Ring Super Featherweight titles.
Win45-3-2Mexico Marco Antonio Barrera UD 12 2007-10-06 United States Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBC International Super Featherweight title.
Win44-3-2 Mexico Jorge Solís KO 8 (12), 1:16 2007-04-14 United States Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas Retained WBC International Super Featherweight title.
Win43-3-2 Mexico Érik Morales KO 3 (12), 2:57 2006-11-18 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBC International Super Featherweight title.
Win42-3-2 Mexico Óscar Larios UD 12 2006-07-02 22x20px Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila Retained WBC International Super Featherweight title.
Win41-3-2 Mexico Érik Morales TKO 10 (12), 2:33 2006-01-21 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBC International Super Featherweight title.
WBC Super Featherweight Title Eliminator.
Win40-3-2 Mexico Héctor Velázquez TKO 6 (12), 2:59 2005-09-10 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California Won vacant WBC International Super Featherweight title.
Loss39-3-2 Mexico Érik Morales UD 12 2005-03-19 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada For vacant WBC International & vacant IBA Super Featherweight titles.
Win39-2-2 22x20px Fahsan Por Thawatchai TKO 4 (12), 1:26 2004-12-11 22x20px Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Metro Manila Retained The Ring Featherweight title.
IBF Featherweight eliminator for the #2 contender spot.
Draw38-2-2 Mexico Juan Manuel Márquez SD 12 2004-05-08 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained The Ring Featherweight title. For WBA (Super) & IBF Featherweight titles.
Win38-2-1 Mexico Marco Antonio Barrera TKO 11 (12), 2:56 2003-11-15 United States Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas Won The Ring Featherweight title.
Win37-2-1 Mexico Emmanuel Lucero KO 3 (12), 0:48 2003-07-26 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California Retained IBF Super Bantamweight title.
Win36-2-1 22x20px Serikzhan Yeshmagambetov TKO 5 (10), 1:52 2003-03-15 22x20px Rizal Park, Manila, Metro Manila Non-title featherweight bout.
Win35-2-1 22x20px Fahprakorb Rakkiatgym KO 1 (12), 2:46 2002-10-26 22x20px Rizal Memorial College Gym, Davao City Retained IBF Super Bantamweight title.
Win34-2-1 22x20px Jorge Eliecer Julio TKO 2 (12), 1:09 2002-06-08 United States The Pyramid, Memphis, Memphis Retained IBF Super Bantamweight title.
Draw33-2-1 22x20px Agapito Sánchez TD 6 (12), 1:12 2001-11-10 United States Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California Retained IBF Super Bantamweight title. For WBO Super Bantamweight title. Bout stopped due to cut over Pacquiao's eye caused by accidental headbutt.
Win33–2 22x20px Lehlohonolo Ledwaba TKO 6 (12), 0:59 2001-06-23 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada Won IBF Super Bantamweight title.
Win32–2 22x20px Wethya Sakmuangklang KO 6 (12), 2:40 2001-04-28 22x20px Kidapawan City, Cotabato Retained WBC International Super Bantamweight title.
Win31–2 22x20px Tetsutora Senrima TKO 5 (12) 2001-02-24 22x20px Ynares Center, Antipolo City, Rizal Retained WBC International Super Bantamweight title.
Win30–2 22x20px Nedal Hussein TKO 10 (12), 1:48 2000-10-14 22x20px Ynares Center, Antipolo City, Rizal Retained WBC International Super Bantamweight title.
Win29–2 22x20px Seung-Kon Chae TKO 1 (12), 1:42 2000-06-28 22x20px Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila Retained WBC International Super Bantamweight title.
Win28–2 22x20px Arnel Barotillo KO 4 (12) 2000-03-04 22x20px Ninoy Aquino Stadium, Manila, Metro Manila Retained WBC International Super Bantamweight title.
Win27–2 22x20px Reynante Jamili KO 2 (12) 1999-12-18 22x20px Elorde Sports Complex, Parañaque City, Metro Manila Won WBC International Super Bantamweight title.
Loss26–2 22x20px Medgoen Singsurat KO 3 (12), 1:32 1999-09-17 22x20px Pakpanag Metropolitan Stadium, Nakhon Si Thammarat Lost Lineal Flyweight title.
Win26–1 Mexico Gabriel Mira TKO 4 (12), 2:45 1999-04-24 22x20px Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila Retained Lineal & WBC Flyweight titles.
Win25–1 22x20px Todd Makelim TKO 3 (10), 2:52 1999-02-20 22x20px Kidapawan City, Cotabato Non-title super flyweight bout.
Win24–1 22x20px Chatchai Sasakul KO 8 (12) 1998-12-04 22x20px Tonsuk College Ground, Phutthamonthon Won Lineal & WBC Flyweight titles.
Win23–1 22x20px Shin Terao TKO 1 (10), 2:59 1998-05-18 22x20px Korakuen Hall, Tokyo Non-title flyweight bout.
Win22–1 22x20px Panomdej Ohyuthanakorn KO 1 (12), 1:38 1997-12-06 22x20px South Cotabato Stadium, Koronadal City, South Cotabato Retained OPBF Flyweight title.
Win21–1 22x20px Melvin Magramo UD (10) 1997-09-13 22x20px Cebu Coliseum Cebu City, Cebu Non-title flyweight bout.
Win20–1 22x20px Chokchai Chockvivat KO 5 (12), 2:46 1997-06-26 22x20px Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila Won OPBF Flyweight title.
Win19–1 22x20px Ariel Austria TKO 6 (10) 1997-05-30 22x20px Almendras Gym, Davao City
Win18–1 22x20px Wook-Ki Lee KO 1 (10), 1:04 1997-04-24 22x20px Ritsy's, Makati City, Metro Manila
Win17–1 22x20px Mike Luna KO 1 (10), 1:56 1997-03-03 22x20px Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila
Win16–1 22x20px Sung-Yul Lee TKO 2 (10) 1996-12-28 22x20px Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila
Win15–1 22x20px Ippo Gala TKO 2 (10) 1996-07-27 22x20px Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila
Win14–1 22x20px Bert Batiller TKO 4 (10) 1996-06-15 22x20px General Santos City, South Cotabato
Win13–1 22x20px John Medina TKO 4 (10) 1996-05-05 22x20px Malabon City, Metro Manila
Win12–1 22x20px Marlon Carillo UD (10) 1996-04-27 22x20px Ramada Hotel, Manila, Metro Manila
Loss11–1 22x20px Rustico Torrecampo KO 3 (10), 0:29 1996-02-09 22x20px Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila Pacquiao was one pound over the specified catch weight of 111 lbs. He was penalized by wearing heavier gloves.
Win11–0 22x20px Lito Torrejos TD 5 (10) 1996-01-13 22x20px Parañaque City, Metro Manila
Win10–0 22x20px Rolando Toyogon UD 10 1995-12-09 22x20px Sampaloc Metro Manila
Win9–0 22x20px Rudolfo Fernandez TKO 3 (10) 1995-11-11 22x20px Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila
Win8–0 22x20px Renato Mendones TKO 2 (8) 1995-10-21 22x20px Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
Win7–0 22x20px Lolito Laroa UD 8 1995-10-07 22x20px Makati City, Metro Manila
Win6–0 22x20px Armando Rocil KO 3 (8) 1995-09-16 22x20px Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila
Win5–0 22x20px Acasio Simbajon UD 6 1995-08-03 22x20px Mandaluyong Sports Complex, Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila
Win4–0 22x20px Dele Decierto TKO 2 (6) 1995-07-01 22x20px Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila Pacquiao's debut in Blow by Blow. First known televised fight.
Win3–0 22x20px Rocky Palma UD 6 1995-05-01 22x20px Montano Hall, Cavite City, Cavite
Win2–0 22x20px Pinoy Montejo UD 4 1995-03-18 22x20px Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro
Win1–0 22x20px Edmund Enting Ignacio UD 4 1995-01-22 22x20px Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro Professional boxing debut at light flyweight.

Titles in boxing Edit

Major World Titles:

Minor World Titles:

The Ring/Lineal Championship Titles:

Regional/International Titles:

Special Titles:

Acting career Edit

Pacquiao started his acting career as an extra in some local films and guest appearances on ABS-CBN shows.

In December 2005 Pacquiao took his first lead role in Violett Films' Lisensyadong Kamao (Licensed Fist).[128] The movie 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 (Son of 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.[129] Like his previous films, Wapakman was not commercially successful.[130]

Upon the expiration of his contract with ABS-CBN, Pacquiao signed with GMA Network as an actor in September 2007. On December 17, 2007, he taped his first episode of the networks infotainment show Pinoy Records.[131] His other projects with the network included Totoy Bato and the sitcom Show Me Da Manny in which his mother, Dionesia, also appeared.

In 2012, American actor Sylvester Stallone was reportedly in talks with Pacquiao over co-starring in one of Stallone's future films, which is in the planning stages. The project did not push through as no further updates were given after the initial report.[132]

In 2011, Pacquiao appeared on Tosh.0 in which he was paired in a fight with Daniel Tosh. It resulted in Pacquiao winning in one punch.

On May 18, 2012 it was reported that Pacquiao will shoot his first Hollywood film after his June 9 fight with Tim Bradley. He will play a gangster in this movie that will also feature other fighters and martial artists such as Hector Echavarria, Lyoto Machida, Anderson Silva and Frank Mir. Filipino-American Rob Schneider also confirmed the report in an interview that he'll be working with Pacquiao in a movie. The working title is Brass Knuckles and will be directed by Erick Geisler.[133][134]

In popular culture Edit

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.[135] The film flopped at the box office, grossing a total of only P4,812,191 (approximately US$99,322), as confirmed by Lamangan.

Pacquiao is featured in the boxing video games Fight Night Round 2, Fight Night Round 3, Fight Night Round 4 and Fight Night Champion. EA Sports released a limited edition demo of Fight Night Round 4, featuring Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton prior to their May 2 fight.[136]

Pacquiao became the first Filipino athlete to appear on a postage stamp.[137]

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.[138]

Pacquiao plays basketball as a cross-training to keep himself in shape. He is playing in the semi-professional basketball league, Liga Pilipinas, with the team he owns, the MP-Gensan Warriors. He made his debut in the Smart-Liga Pilipinas Conference II in January 16, 2009. He wears jersey number 17.[139]

Pacquiao became an honorary member of the Boston Celtics. The honorary membership was bestowed on him in a brief ceremony and he was presented with a replica of a green and white Celtics jersey bearing his name and number 1.[140] As a measure of gratitude, Pacquiao delivered a stockpile of red autographed boxing gloves to TD Garden. On March 10, 2010, prior to the night's game with Memphis Grizzlies, many of the Celtics had a special motivational gift waiting for them in their lockers.[141]

With his popularity, various business sectors have solicited Manny Pacquiao's help in endorsing their products through commercial advertisements in print and in broadcast media. These include detergents, medicines, foods, beverage, garments, telecommunications and even a political ad for politicians during the 2007 and 2010 Philippine elections. His most acclaimed commercials yet were for Nike's "Fast Forward" campaign (alongside Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant, Maria Sharapova, Roger Federer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Liu Xiang)[142] and San Miguel Beer with Jet Li[143] and Érik Morales.[144]

Pacquiao has been included by Time Magazine as one of the world's most influential people for the year 2009, for his exploits in boxing and his influence among the Filipino people.[145] Pacquiao was also included by Forbes Magazine in its annual Celebrity 100 list for the year 2009, joining Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie and fellow athletes Tiger Woods and Bryant.[146] Forbes also listed Pacquiao as the World's 6th Highest Paid Athlete, with a total of 40 Million Dollars ($40,000,000.00) or 2 Billion Pesos (₱2,000,000,000.00) from the second half of 2008 to the first half of 2009. Tied with him on the sixth spot was the NBA player LeBron James and golfer Phil Mickelson.[147] 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 8th with an income of $42 million.[148] Pacquiao had 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.[149] More recently, ESPN Magazine reported that Pacquiao is 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.[150]

Pacquiao has also graced 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."[149][151] He 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 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 before Pacquiao’s epic match against De La Hoya on November 2008.

Kool A.D. includes a song named for Pacquiao on his mixtape, "51". He is also mentioned in rapper Pitbull's song "Get It Started."

Recognitions Edit

International:

National:

Filmography Edit

Year Film Role Other Notes
2000 Di Ko Kayang Tanggapin Dong
2001 Mahal Kita... Kahit Sino Ka Pa!
2001 Basagan ng Mukha Dodong
2005 Lisensyadong Kamao Ambrosio "Bruce" Lerio
2008 Anak ng Kumander Kumander Idel Writer/Producer
2008 Brown Soup Thing Cousin Manny
2008 Pangarap Kong Jackpot Abel Segment "Sa Ngalan ng Busabos"
2009 Wapakman Magno Meneses/Wapakman
Year Television Shows Role Other Notes
1999 I Witness Himself Kamao episode
2004 Walang Bakas Himself (uncredited)
2004 No Fear: The Manny Pacquiao Story Himself Video documentary
2004 The People's Champion Himself Video documentary
2005 Kamao: Matira Ang Matibay Himself – Host
2005 Ok Fine Whatever Himself – Guest
2006 Ako ang Simula Himself TV documentary
2008 HBO 24/7 Himself Multiple times
2009 Kababayan LA: Manny Pacquiao Specials Himself
2009 Pinoy Records Himself – Host
2009 Totoy Bato Emmanuel
2009 Show Me Da Manny Manny Santos
2009 Rome is Burning Himself – Correspondent Episode dated May 1
2009 Jimmy Kimmel Live! Himself – Guest Multiple times
2010 60 Minutes Himself – Guest [176]
2011 Manny Many Prizes Himself – Host
2011 Pacquiao-Marquez III World Press Tour (Manila Leg) Himself
2012 Pacman Forever: A Hero's Homecoming Himself
2013 Para Sa 'Yo Ang Laban Na 'To Himself – Host

See also Edit

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Awards
Preceded by
Roy Jones Jr.
BWAA Fighter of the Decade
2000–2009
Incumbent
Preceded by
Ricky Hatton
The Ring Fighter of the Year
2006
Succeeded by
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Preceded by
Ricky Hatton
BWAA Fighter of the Year
2006
Succeeded by
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Preceded by
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
The Ring Fighter of the Year
2008, 2009
Succeeded by
Sergio Gabriel Martínez
Preceded by
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
BWAA Fighter of the Year
2008, 2009
Succeeded by
Sergio Gabriel Martínez
Preceded by
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Best Fighter ESPY Award
2009
Succeeded by
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Preceded by
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Best Fighter ESPY Award
2011
Succeeded by
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Chatchai Sasakul
WBC Flyweight Champion
December 4, 1998 – September 17, 1999
Stripped
Vacant
Title next held by
Medgoen Singsurat
Lineal Flyweight Champion
December 4, 1998 – September 17, 1999
Succeeded by
Medgoen Singsurat
Preceded by
Lehlohonolo Ledwaba
IBF Super Bantamweight Champion
June 23, 2001 – July 26, 2003
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Israel Vázquez
Preceded by
Marco Antonio Barrera
The Ring Featherweight Champion
November 15, 2003 – March 19, 2005
Vacated
Vacant
Preceded by
Juan Manuel Márquez
WBC Super Featherweight Champion
March 15, 2008 – July 16, 2008
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Humberto Soto
Vacant
Title last held by
Brian Mitchell
The Ring Super Featherweight Champion
March 15, 2008 – July 16, 2008
Vacated
Vacant
Preceded by
David Díaz
WBC Lightweight Champion
June 28, 2008 – February 24, 2009
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Edwin Valero
Preceded by
Ricky Hatton
IBO Light Welterweight Champion
May 2, 2009 – January 15, 2010
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Chris van Heerden
The Ring Light Welterweight Champion
May 2, 2009 – July 26, 2010
Vacated
Vacant
Preceded by
Miguel Ángel Cotto
WBO Welterweight Champion
(Super Champion)

November 14, 2009 – June 9, 2012
Succeeded by
Timothy Bradley
Vacant
Title last held by
Sergio Gabriel Martínez
WBC Light Middleweight Champion
November 13, 2010 – February 8, 2011
Stripped
Vacant
Title next held by
Saúl Álvarez
Olympic Games
Preceded by
Christopher Camat
Flagbearer for 22x20px Philippines
Beijing 2008 (non-participant)
Succeeded by
Hidilyn Diaz

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