Emmanuel Dapidran “Manny” Pacquiao, (born December 17, 1978) is a Filipino professional boxer and politician, currently serving as Senator of the Philippines. In boxing he has held the WBO welterweight title since 2016, and is currently in his third reign with that title.
Pacquiao is widely considered to be one of the greatest boxers of all time. He is the first and only eight division world champion, having won eleven major world titles, as well as being the first boxer to win the lineal title in five different weight classes. Pacquiao is also the third boxer in history to win major world titles in three of the original eight weight divisions of boxing, also known as the “glamour divisions” (flyweight, featherweight, and welterweight).
Pacquiao has generated approximately 19.2 million in pay-per-view buys and $1.2 billion in revenue from his 23 PPV bouts. According to Forbes, he was the second highest paid athlete in the world as of 2015.
Beyond boxing, Pacquiao has participated in basketball, business, 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. He was re-elected in 2013 to the 16th Congress of the Philippines. In June 2016, Pacquiao was elected as a senator and will serve a six year term until 2022.
While mostly focused on being a boxer and a politician, Pacquiao is listed as the head coach of the basketball team Mahindra Floodbuster. He was also drafted onto the team as 11th overall pick in the first round of the 2014 PBA draft, making him the oldest rookie drafted, as well as the shortest player and the first dual-sport athlete in the Philippine Basketball Association.
Pacquiao’s weight increased from 106 to 113 pounds before losing in his 12th bout against Rustico Torrecampo via a third round knockout, he was caught with a looping left hand flush on the chin which he couldn’t get up from. Pacquiao failed to make the required weight, so he was forced to use heavier gloves than Torrecampo, thereby putting him at a disadvantage.
Following the Torrecampo fight, Pacquiao continued undefeated for his next 15 fights. He went on another unbeaten run that saw him take on the more experienced Chokchai Chockvivat in flyweight division. Pacquiao knocked out Chockvivat in the fight round and took the OPBF Flyweight title. After one official defense and two non-title bouts, Pacquiao got his first opportunity to fight for a world title.
Pacquiao captured the WBC and lineal 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. Prior to the fight Pacquiao lost the WBC title at the scales, as he surpassed the weight limit of 112 pounds.