90 Facts About Manny Pacquiao


Manny Pacquiao previously served as a Senator of the Philippines from 2016 to 2022.


Manny Pacquiao was the first boxer to win the lineal championship in five different weight classes, the first boxer to win major world titles in four of the eight "glamour divisions", and is the only boxer to hold world championships across four decades.


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


Manny Pacquiao entered politics in 2010 when he was elected as the representative of Sarangani.


Manny Pacquiao held this post for six years until he was elected and assumed office as a senator in 2016.


On September 19,2021, Manny Pacquiao officially declared his candidacy for President of the Philippines in the 2022 Philippine presidential election; he ended up losing to Bongbong Marcos.


Manny Pacquiao has starred in films and has presented television shows.

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Manny Pacquiao is an Evangelical Christian preacher, philanthropist, and entrepreneur.


Manny Pacquiao was born in Kibawe, Bukidnon, and raised in General Santos, Philippines.


Manny Pacquiao is the son of Rosalio Pacquiao and actress Dionisia Dapidran.


Manny Pacquiao's parents separated when he was in sixth grade, after his father had an affair.


Manny Pacquiao is the fourth of six siblings, one of whom, Alberto "Bobby" Pacquiao, is a politician and former professional boxer.


At the age of 14, Manny Pacquiao moved to Manila and lived on the streets, worked as a construction worker and had to pick between eating or sending money to his mother.


Manny Pacquiao completed his elementary education at Saavedra Saway Elementary School in General Santos, but dropped out of high school due to extreme and abject poverty.


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


In 2020, Manny Pacquiao topped the Ranker's list of best boxers of the 21st century.


Manny 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.


Manny Pacquiao is the first boxer in history to win major world titles in four of the original eight weight classes of boxing, known as the "glamour divisions", and the first boxer ever to become a four-decade world champion, winning world championships across four decades.


Manny Pacquiao is the longest reigning top-ten active boxer on The Ring's pound for pound list from 2003 to 2016.


Manny Pacquiao has generated approximately 20.4 million in pay-per-view buys and $1.3 billion in revenue from 26 PPV-bouts.


Manny Pacquiao signed with Bob Arum's Top Rank from 2015 to 2017 and Al Haymon's Premier Boxing Champions promotion on 2018 alongside Paradigm Sports on 2020.


On September 29,2021, Manny Pacquiao announced his retirement from boxing, in a post on social media.


Manny Pacquiao was introduced to boxing at the age of 12 by his maternal uncle Sardo Mejia.


Manny Pacquiao participated in an exhibition match against former world champion Jesus Salud in August 2002 which he won.


Manny Pacquiao was named "Fighter of the Decade" for the 2000s by the Boxing Writers Association of America, World Boxing Council, and World Boxing Organization.

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In 2016, Manny Pacquiao ranked No 2 on ESPN's list of top pound for pound boxers of the past 25 years and he ranks No 5 in BoxRec's ranking of the greatest pound for pound boxers of all time.


Manny Pacquiao is a holder of six Guinness Book World Records.


Manny Pacquiao has the most consecutive boxing world title fight victories at different weights at 15, between 2005 and 2011; he is named the oldest welterweight boxing world champion when he claimed the WBA Welterweight title aged 40 years 215 days on July 20,2019; he has the most boxing world titles won in different weight divisions with eight, when he defeated Antonio Margarito to win the WBC Super Welterweight title on November 13,2010.


Manny Pacquiao has held sanctioned belts in the WBC Flyweight, Super Featherweight and Lightweight divisions, plus The Ring Featherweight, IBF Super Bantamweight, IBO and The Ring Light Welterweight and WBO Welterweight.


Manny Pacquiao recorded the highest selling pay-per-view boxing match in a Welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, on May 2,2015, and the highest revenue earned from ticket sales for a boxing match from ticket sales title fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, on May 2,2015.


Manny 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.


Manny Pacquiao 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.


Manny 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.


Manny Pacquiao 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.


ESPN Magazine reported that Manny Pacquiao was one of the two top earning athletes for 2010, alongside American Major League Baseball player Alex Rodriguez.


Manny Pacquiao played basketball as part of his training before his matches and prior to his PBA stint, Manny Pacquiao was named an honorary member of the Boston Celtics and established friendships with Steph Curry and basketball Hall of Famers Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen.


On September 4,2014, Manny Pacquiao trained with the Golden State Warriors at their training facility in preparation for his PBA stint.


Manny Pacquiao appeared rarely in the succeeding seasons as he was focused on other commitments.


In 2017, Manny Pacquiao founded the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League, a prominent semi-professional league in the Philippines.


In 2018, although being rumored to transfer to Blackwater, Manny Pacquiao officially announced his retirement from the league after playing just ten games in three seasons and scoring less than fifteen career points.


On February 12,2007, Manny 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.


Manny 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.


Ultimately Manny Pacquiao was forced to run under the Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino, a pro-Arroyo political party by the courts.


On November 21,2009, Manny Pacquiao announced that he would run again for a congressional seat, but this time in Sarangani province, the hometown of his wife Jinkee.


In May 2010, Manny Pacquiao was elected to the House of Representatives in the 15th Congress of the Philippines, representing the province of Sarangani.

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Manny Pacquiao 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.


Manny Pacquiao got 120,052 votes while his opponent for the seat, Roy Chiongbian, got 60,899 votes.


In 2010, Manny Pacquiao made a speech on human trafficking that earned praise.


Manny Pacquiao filed a total of less than 20 bills in six years, with zero of them passing beyond committee.


On October 5,2015, Manny Pacquiao formally declared that he was running for senator under the United Nationalist Alliance party of vice-president Jejomar Binay.


On May 19,2016, Manny Pacquiao was formally elected as a senator by the Commission on Elections.


Manny Pacquiao garnered over 16 million votes, landing at 7th place.


Manny Pacquiao facilitated on September 18,2016, the ouster of Leila de Lima from the chairmanship of the Senate Justice committee and criticized de Lima's presentation three days later of an alleged member of the Davao Death Squad.


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


In December 2020, Manny Pacquiao became acting party president of PDP-Laban, the ruling political party, when Koko Pimentel resigned.


Manny Pacquiao is still regarded by his faction as party president.


In May 2021, Senator Manny Pacquiao filed a bill proposing to create the Philippine Boxing and Combat Sports Commission.


In May 2022, Manny Pacquiao called for the "speedy release" of fellow Senator Leila De Lima, who was detained for five years now, after witnesses against De Lima retracted their testimony.


Manny Pacquiao had earlier been vocal about De Lima's supposed links to a purported drug lord, Kerwin Espinosa, an allegation that led to De Lima's arrest and detention.


Cusi in response to Manny Pacquiao's filing of candidacy under PROMDI decided that he is no longer a member of PDP-Laban.


Manny Pacquiao's platforms include solving corruption and a promise of nationwide housing projects for the poor.


In March 2022, amid recent news about frontrunner Bongbong Marcos' unsettled estate tax dues amounting to 200 billion pesos, Manny Pacquiao openly challenged Marcos to a one-on-one debate and made remarks against critics saying "he's not intelligent enough to be president" saying that "the most dumb in this country are those who are going to vote for a plunderer".


Manny Pacquiao only placed third in the election with roughly four million votes and later conceded to Marcos, who won by a landslide.


In December 2005, Manny Pacquiao took his first lead role in Violett Films' Lisensyadong Kamao.


The film is titled so because, being a boxer, Manny Pacquiao is licensed to use his hands.

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Manny Pacquiao hosted his own game show Manny Many Prizes where he gave out prizes to his audience.


In 2008, Manny Pacquiao starred with Ara Mina and Valerie Concepcion in Anak ng Kumander.


Manny 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.


Manny Pacquiao went back to the late-night talk show on March 3,2010, to cover another song, "Nothing's Gonna Change My Love for You".


Manny Pacquiao appeared with Will Ferrell and sang a version of John Lennon's "Imagine" for his third guesting on the show.


Manny Pacquiao has featured in the Fight Night boxing video game franchise as a playable character.


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.


Manny 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.


Manny Pacquiao was included by Forbes in its annual Celebrity 100 list for the year 2009, joining Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie and fellow athletes Woods and Bryant.


Manny Pacquiao has appeared on the cover of Time magazine Asia for their November 16,2009 issue.


Manny Pacquiao was 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 Manny Pacquiao's fight against De La Hoya.


Manny Pacquiao became the first Filipino athlete to appear on a postage stamp.


Manny 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.


Nike ended their longtime partnership with Manny Pacquiao, stating his comments against gay people were abhorrent.


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


Manny Pacquiao's daughter, Queenie, was born in the United States.


Manny Pacquiao has a YouTube channel with 830,000 subscribers as of August 2022.


On June 25,2010, Manny Pacquiao completed a 10-day crash course on Development Legislation and Governance at the Graduate School of Public and Development Management of the Development Academy of the Philippines.


From June 8 to 17,2016, Manny Pacquiao underwent another 9-day Executive Coaching Program crash course conducted by the Development Academy of the Philippines, the Ateneo School of Government, the Asian Institute of Management, and the Philippine Public Safety College after he won a senate seat in 2016.

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On December 11,2019, Manny Pacquiao controversially graduated from the 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 of the Philippine Councilors League-Legislative Academy which allows qualified Filipinos to complete a collegiate-level education via informal education system.


Manny Pacquiao reportedly completed the degree in one year, contrary to earlier reports of three months.


Manny Pacquiao enlisted as a military reservist and was promoted with the rank of colonel in the Reserve Force of the Philippine Army.


Manny Pacquiao first entered the army's reserve force on April 27,2006, as a sergeant.


In 2022, Manny Pacquiao graduated from Philippine Christian University, with a master's degree in management, majoring in public administration.