Name: Manny Pacquiao “Pac Man”
Born: December 17, 1978
Born in: Kibawe, Bukidnon
Home: General Santos City, Cotabato del Sur
Boxing Record: 61-7-2
Weight: 147 lbs (66.82 kg)
Height: 5’5½” (1.66 m)
Reach: 67″ (170 cm)
Rounds Boxed: 474
KO Percentage: 56%
Manny Pacquiao Bio:
Manny Pacquiao’s humble demeanor and unforgiving fists have transformed him into a boxing legend, international superstar and Philippines Senator. At 40, he’s showing no signs of slowing down as he prepares to take on undefeated World Welterweight Champion Keith “One Time” Thurman in a mega-showdown on July 20.
A STAR IS BORN:
Born Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao on December 17, 1978 in General Santos City, Philippines to Rosalio and Dionesia Dapidran-Pacquiao, a 14-year-old Pacquiao left his family on a ship to Manila. There, the youth survived on the streets for a short time before turning to boxing. He posted a 60-4 amateur record as a member of the Philippines’ National Team.
A PRO DEBUT; A FIRST LOSS:
A 16-year-old Pacquiao made his professional debut on January 22, 1995 at 106-pounds with a four-round unanimous decision over Edmund Enting Ignacio. Pacquiao won his next 10 bouts, including four by stoppage, to improve 11-0. In February 1996, Pacquiao lost for the first time, a third-round TKO loss to Rustico Torrecampo in a 112-pound bout.
BECOMING A CHAMPION:
Pacquiao rose to 24-1 (15 KOs) on December 4, 1998, earning his first world title with an eighth-round stoppage that dethroned Thailand’s Chatchai Sasakul as WBC flyweight (112-pounds) champion. Pacquiao also achieved his first of five lineal crowns.
After two defenses, both knockout wins, Pacquiao lost the crown at the scales in advance of a third-round TKO loss to undefeated Boonsai Singurat in September 1999.
A SECOND TITLE IN AS MANY DIVISIONS:
Pacquiao (33-2, 24 KOs) earned his second world championship on June 23, 2001, a sixth-round TKO of incumbent Lehlo Ledwaba to win the IBF junior featherweight (122-pounds) title.
Pacquiao then went 6-0-2, all wins by knockout, in his next eight fights. The run included four title defenses and a six-round technical draw with Agapito Sanchez in November 2001 due to a cut over Pacquiao’s right eye.
Pacquiao scored a fifth-round TKO of Serikzhan Yeshmagambetov in a non-title, 126-pound (featherweight) bout in March 2003 and, in his final 122-pound defense, won via third-round TKO over previously unbeaten Emanuel Lucero in July 2003.
AC MAN ROLLS ON:
In November 2003, Pacquiao scored an 11th-round knockout of Mexican lineal featherweight world champion Marco Antonio Barrera in San Antonio, Texas. In triumph, Pacquiao became a title winner in a third weight class – the first Filipino and Asian boxer to do so – and became a pound-for-pound entrant.
May 8, 2004, marked Pacquiao’s first of four fights against Juan Manuel Marquez, a Mexican legend and holder of the IBF/WBA featherweight championships. Marquez battled back from three first-round knockdowns to retain his belts via split draw at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao resumed his knockout ways with a fourth-round TKO of Narongrit Pirang that December.
ANOTHER IMPRESSIVE RUN:
Pacquiao rose to junior lightweight (130-pounds) and went 7-1 (4 KOs) over his next eight fights. The run included going 2-1 against four-division champion Erik Morales of Mexico, split- and unanimous decisions over Marquez and Barrera, and an eighth-round TKO of previously unbeaten Mexican Jorge Solis.
In his junior lightweight debut on March 19, 2005, Pacquiao lost a unanimous decision to Morales at the MGM in Las Vegas. Pacquiao rebounded, however, with a sixth-round TKO of Hector Velazquez that September.
In his return bout against Morales on January 21, 2006, at The Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Pacquiao scored two knockdowns on the way to a 10th-round TKO victory and the first stoppage loss of Morales’ career.
Following a unanimous decision over Oscar Larios in July 2006, Pacquiao faced Morales a third and final time at the Thomas & Mack that November. This time, Pacquiao dominated Morales by third-round TKO. Pacquiao was named the 2006 “Fighter of The Year” by The Boxing Writers’ Association of America (BWAA).
PACQUIAO BECOMES FOUR-DIVISION CHAMP:
After defeating Solis, Pacquiao won a wide decision over Barrera on October 7, 2007, setting up his rematch with Marquez on May 15, 2008, in Las Vegas. This time, Pacquiao dropped Marquez in the third round on the way to dethroning him as WBC junior lightweight champion by split decision.
In doing so, Pacquiao earned his fourth crown in as many divisions as well as and lineal crowns for the weight class. Pacquiao then vacated the championship for a one-fight appearance at lightweight (135-pounds).
A FIFTH DIVISION MILESTONE:
Pacquiao was now 34-1 with 17 knockouts. On June 28, 2008, he dethroned WBC lightweight champion David Diaz by ninth-round TKO to win a world title in his fifth weight class.
RETIRING A LEGEND:
On December 6, 2008, Pacquiao debuted as a welterweight (147-pounds) at the MGM Grand against six-division champion Oscar De La Hoya.
Despite weighing only 142 pounds compared to his rival’s 145, Pacquiao’s double-fisted power hammered De La Hoya into submission for a sensational eighth-round stoppage.
Pacquiao was once again named “Fighter of The Year” by the BWAA.
A former Olympic gold medalist who had won titles at 130, 135, 140, 147, 154 and 160, De La Hoya announced his retirement after falling to Pacquiao, who dropped back down to 140 for his next fight.
HAMMERING HATTON FOR A SIXTH CROWN:
On May 2, 2009, Pacquiao faced 140-pound lineal champion Ricky Hatton at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Pacquiao battered him en route to a highlight-reel, one-punch second-round knockout.
A SEVENTH DIVISION TITLE VS. COTTO:
Pacquiao continued his march toward greatness at the MGM Grand on November 14, 2009, scoring two knockdowns as he dethroned Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto to capture the WBO welterweight (147-pounds) title via 12th-round TKO.
The punishing victory over Cotto earned Pacquiao’s record seventh title in as many divisions.
Pacquiao repeated as “Fighter of The Year” in 2009 by the BWAA and was named “Fighter of The Decade” by them.
AN EIGHTH CROWN BY BRUTAL BEAT-DOWN:
Pacquiao made one defense of his welterweight crown on March 13, 2010, posting a near shutout, unanimous decision over former champion Joshua Clottey in the first-ever boxing match at Dallas Cowboys’ Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
On November 13, 2010, Pacquiao returned to Cowboys Stadium and made history with a brutal beat-down and a unanimous decision over Mexican former titleholder Antonio Margarito for the WBC’s junior middleweight championship and a record eighth title in as many divisions.
The contract called for the heavy-handed Margarito to weigh no more than 150. Yet despite his out-weighing Pacquiao, 144.6-to-150 on the pre-fight scales, and rehydrating to 165 to Pacquiao’s 148 by fight time, Margarito left the ring bruised, bloodied and disfigured, with a broken orbital bone in a right eye that was nearly swollen shut.
RETURNING TO WELTERWEIGHT:
Pacquiao returned to the MGM for his third and fourth WBO 147-pound title defenses by unanimous and majority decision over two-division champion Shane Mosley (May 7, 2011) and Marquez (November 12, 2011).
Mosley rose from a third-round knockdown against Pacquiao, who won by scores of 119-108, 120-107, and, 120-108. Marquez lost yet another disputed thriller in a 144-pound catchweight bout, scores being, 114-114, on one card with the other two going for Pacquiao, 115-113 and 116-112.
DOUBLE JEOPARDY IN LAS VEGAS:
Pacquiao suffered defeat during his next two trips to the MGM in 2012, first by split-decision to unbeaten American Timothy Bradley, who dethroned him as WBO welterweight titlist on June 9, and, second, via sixth round knockout against Marquez in their non-title final meeting on September 8.
Bradley won by disputed scores of 115-113 twice, with the same score going to Pacquiao on the third judges’ card. But Marquez dropped Pacquiao in the third round and rose from a fifth-round knockdown before knocking out his archrival in the sixth.
BOUNCING BACK YET AGAIN:
Pacquiao regained traction with a near shutout unanimous decision over former champion Brandon Rios in November 2013. He then regained his title with a unanimous decision over Bradley in April 2014. Pacquiao then defended his title via six-knockdown, unanimous decision over former titleholder Chris Algieri in November 2014.
MAYWEATHER TAMES PACQUIAO:
In “The Fight of The Century” on May 2, 2015, at the MGM Grand, Floyd Mayweather Jr. put his WBA and WBC titles on the line against Pacquiao’s WBO crown.
Mayweather dominated the bout with a display of speed, guile and general wizardry, scarcely allowing a game Pacquiao to land effective blows on the way to a unanimous decision victory (116-112, twice, 118-110).
UP, DOWN, UP AGAIN:
Pacquiao bounced back for consecutive unanimous decisions victories in April and November 2016 over Bradley and two-division title winner Jessie Vargas. “The Pac Man” scored a second-round knockdown against Vargas to regain the WBO crown, only to be dethroned on foreign soil by controversial unanimous decision against Australia’s Jeff Horn in July 2017.
But on July 15, the 39-year-old Pacquiao became a champion a 10th time—third as a welterweight—with a three-knockdown, seventh-round TKO over WBA titlist Lucas Matthysse. In victory, Pacquiao restored himself as a force in a deep and talented 147-pound division.
THE RETURN OF THE KING:
On January 19, 2019, Pacquiao dominated four-division champion Adrien Broner, winning a wide unanimous decision at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas to retain his world title.
“I’m still here in this sport,” Pacquiao said afterward. “At the age of 40, I can still give my best.”
On July 20, Pacquiao plans to prove this yet again when he takes on undefeated WBA Super World Welterweight Champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (29-0, 22 KOs) in a 147-pound super-fight. Pacquiao-Thurman headlines a Premier Boxing Champions on FOX PPV, live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
It’s the kind of fight Pacquiao has been a part and parcel of throughout his storied 24-year career. The world awaits to see if he can deliver a vintage performance against another dangerous champion.
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