Filipino world champion Manny Pacquiao is one of the top boxers of today. He is all over the world for his excellent fighting skills, and for reaching a tremendous height of success. But he is more than just a boxer. We are up with the Amazing Facts about Manny Pacquiao, which will surely blow your mind away.
He is a multi-faceted talent who has done well in several other sports. He has also tried his hand at several other fields, like music, and even serving in the army. Let us take a look at the life and career of Manny Pacquiao and know 10 Amazing Facts about Manny Pacquiao.
Amazing Facts about Manny Pacquiao
More than just a Boxer
Filipino world champion professional boxer Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao, famously known to the world as “Manny Pacquiao”, is involved in acting, singing, and basketball besides his boxing career, and is also a member of the Philippine House of Representatives. He achieved ten world titles and is the first and only eight-division world champion. Pacquiao achieved the lineal championship titles in four different weight categories.
Forbes named him as the world’s 6th Highest Paid Athlete in 2009. And, he got that place for total earnings of nearly $40 million. Interestingly, that income equals the income of NBA superstar LeBron James during that year. In 2010, he has earned the 10th place in the Forbes highest-paid athletes list. He made $42 million that year. Besides, ESPN Magazine also named him as one of the two top-earning athletes in 2010.
His Amazing Accolades
Pacquiao currently holds the number three rank on The Ring pound-for-pound list is also the current WBO welterweight champion. Three main boxing organizations the World Boxing Council, the Boxing Writers Association of America, and the World Boxing Organization have named him “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2000s decade. Manny Pacquiao won the “Fighter of the Year” award by The Ring and BWAA thrice in 2006, 2008 and 2009.
He also achieved the ESPY Award for being the Best Fighter twice in 2009 and 2011. Several reputed media organizations named him as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world. He has earned praises from media houses such as The Ring, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, Yahoo! Sports, About.com and BoxRec.
Manny Pacquiao was born in Kibawe, Bukidnon, Philippines, on 17th December 1978. He is the fourth among his six siblings, two siblings from the first husband of his mother, and four siblings from his parents. His parents Dionesia Dapidran-Pacquiao and Rosalio Pacquiao were separated when Pacquiao was in the sixth grade of junior school.
After the separation, Pacquiao’s father started living with another woman. Raised in the Roman Catholic faith, Pacquiao currently practices Evangelical Protestantism. Manny Pacquiao married Maria Geraldine Jamora, nicknamed “Jinkee”, on May 10, 2000, and the couple together has five children. The Pacquiao family currently resides in General Santos City, South Cotabato, Philippines.
Pacquiao – An Army personnel
Manny Pacquiao first joined the Philippines Army’s reserve force as a Sergeant Officer on April 27, 2006. He then promoted to the post of Technical Sergeant on 1st December of the same year. Pacquiao eventually became a Master Sergeant which is the highest rank in the enlisted personnel in the Philippines on October 7, 2007. He, after two years of his service as the Master Sergeant, then received the special rank of Senior Master Sergeant on May 4, 2009.
Pacquiao also held the position of Command Sergeant Major of the 15th Ready Reserve Division. And, he held that besides his post of Senior Master Sergeant. Manny Pacquiao now serves his duty as a military reservist in the Reserve Force of the Philippine Army with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
His Acting Career
Manny Pacquiao has featured in a superhero-comedy film called “Wapakman”. The film was released on December 25, 2009, and has entered the Metro Manila Film Festival in 2009. He then signed as an actor with GMA Network in September 2007. He filmed his first episode of the network infotainment show Pinoy Records on December 17, 2007. It was also rumored in 2012 that the legendary Hollywood actor Sylvester Stallone was in talking term with Pacquiao for co-starring in one of Stallone’s future films which are still in the planning stages.
According to the 18th May 2012 report, he has started shooting his first Hollywood film after his 9th June fight against Tim Bradley. The Hollywood film is rumored to feature several fighters and martial artists including Lyoto Machida, Anderson Silva, and Hector Echavarria.
Manny Pacquiao first announced his intention of running for a seat in the Philippine House of Representatives on February 12, 2007. He declared he would represent the 1st District of South Cotabato province at the May 2007 legislative election in the Philippines. Pacquiao had his affiliation with the government of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as the candidate of the Liberal Party faction in the Philippines.
He then became the officially proclaimed congressman of the lone district of Sarangani on May 13, 2010. And, he got it after his marvelous win over the Chiongbian clan that had been in power for more than thirty years in the province. He gathered 120,052 votes on the election against 60,899 votes of the Roy Chiongbian. He then moved to the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan in 2012 which is led by the Vice-President Jejomar Binay.
Manny Pacquiao became an honorary member of the Boston Celtics. He also received a replica of a green and white Celtics jersey by the Boston Celtics authority bearing his name and number 1. Pacquiao announced his intentions to join the Philippine Basketball Association on April 17, 2014, as the playing coach of the Kia Motors Basketball team.
He then submitted his application for the rookie draft on 9th July 2014. But, he requested the authority to “respect” his request to be not drafted until the turn of the Kia Motors Basketball team. Kia basketball team then finally drafted him as the 11th overall pick in the first round of the 2014 PBA draft. This accomplishment also made him the oldest rookie to be drafted in the Philippine Basketball Association.
Influence in Pop culture
A film called “Pacquiao: The Movie” was released on 21st June 2006 which was based solely upon Manny Pacquiao’s life. The movie featured Filipino actor Jericho Rosales as Manny Pacquiao. Besides, Joel Lamangan directed that movie. The movie grossed around $99,322 in the box office. Pacquiao also featured in several video games of boxing which includes “Fight Night Round 2”, “Fight Night Round 3”, “Fight Night Round 4” and “Fight Night Champion”.
He is also the first and only Olympic non-participant from the Philippines who served as the flag-bearer at the Beijing National Stadium during the opening ceremonies on 8th August in the 2008 Summer Olympics. Manny Pacquiao also became the first Filipino athlete and the only boxer to feature on a postage stamp.
Tax evasion case
Philippine Bureau of Internal Revenue froze all of Pacquiao’s Philippine bank accounts a few days after his victory against Brandon Rios on 26th November 2013. The Philippine Bureau later stated the reason for the freeze as he failed to pay ₱2.2 billion in taxes for the income that he made in his bouts between 2008 and 2009 in the United States. The very next day, the Philippine Bureau of Internal Revenue also issued an order to freeze all of his Philippine properties.
Manny Pacquiao arranged a press meeting to counter the BIR. He showed documents that proved the payment of income tax for the non-resident alien by his promoter to the BIR’s US counterpart. Pacquiao also showed a letter from Bob Arum to back up his own evidence.
An Accomplished Singer
Manny Pacquiao released his first album called “Laban Nating Lahat Ito” under Star Records in 2006. That album featured hit songs such as “Para Sa’Yo Ang Laban Na ‘To”, “Pagsubok Lamang Yan” and “Champion Sa Kantahan”. He released his second album called “Pac-Man Punch” under MCA Records in 2007. That album features songs such as “Pac-Man Punch (R U Ready?)” and “Pac-Man Punch (Knockout Remix)”, and also showcased Willie Wilcox and Nemesis Yankee besides him.
Pacquiao released two more singles after that, “Lahing Pinoy” under GMA Records in 2009 and “Remake of Dan Hill’s Sometimes When We Touch” in 2011. Besides his own singing talent, Pitbull also mentioned Pacquiao in his own song “Get It Started”.
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