BOXING: This Man Pacquiao Manny…All You Need to Know About Him

BOXING: This Man Pacquiao Manny…All You Need to Know About Him

He’s has passion for photography and bought two new cameras – complete with lenses and accessories this week.

He often has 500 fans follow him on his morning runs in Los Angeles.

Manny has five children, Emmanuel Jr, Michael Stephen, Mary Divine Grace, Queen Elizabeth and Israel.

He has served as a congressman in the Philippines and is seen by some as a future president.

He’s also a Lieutenant Colonel in the Reserve Force of the Philippine Army.

Pacquiao has appeared in several films in his home nation, including roles as a rebel commander, as “Pacman”, a superhero, in a red costume, fighting crime.

He’s the shortest man to play professional basketball in the Philippines. Former NBA player Daniel Orton was sacked from a rival team after chiding his basketball ability after a game.

But perhaps the most shocking Pacquiao story comes from his childhood: he ran away from home as a boy because his father ate his dog.

Pacquiao stowed away on a boat to Santos City. He bought boxes of doughnuts and sold them individually to make a small profit and slept in cardboard boxes until joining a junior boxing program which provided accommodation.

One of the best fighters globally

Pacquiao was so light before his first fight he put weights in his pocket to make the 105-pound minimum limit.

He gradually moved up from light flyweight to flyweight to super bantamweight, winning 33 of his first 35 fights, included victories against three Australians — Todd Makelim, Arnel Barotillo and Nedal “Skinny” Hussein — all of whom he stopped.

He was the 14th highest paid athlete in the world in 2013

Hi real break came in June 2001 when he fought in the US for the first time and began training under Freddie Roach.

His second fight in the US, a bout against Agapito Sanchez was called a draw because of a bad cut above his eye was opened by headbutts. In this fight, Pacquiao fought on the same card as Mayweather.

Pacquiao’s career started gaining steam in 2003 when he became the only fighter to knockout Marco Antonio Barrera – a man listed as one of the best 50 fighters of all-time by ESPN.

It gave Pacquiao a huge profile in Barrera’s home country of Mexico and his promoters took advantage, booking 11 of his 12 fights between 2003 and 2008 against Mexicans.

He was nicknamed the “Mexicutioner” after defeating Erik Morales, and Juan Manuel Marquez.

His fame grew so large in the Philippines that police reported a significant drop in crime whenever he fought because the whole nation stopped to watch.

Pacquiao finally achieved superstardom by defeating Oscar De La Hoya in 2008 after which he went ahead to win against Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito and Shane Mosley.

The wins saw Pacquiao become the first and only eight-division world champion and with Mayweather in a short-lived retirement, established him as the best fighter in the world at that time.

A controversial split decision loss to Tim Bradley and a decisive knockout defeat against long-time foe Juan Manuel Marquez signified a decline in Pacquiao’s career but he enters Sunday’s bout with Mayweather riding a three-fight winning streak.

“I’m just a regular person who believes life is simple, and I like a simple life” ~Manny Pacquiao 

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