Manny Pacquiao is a man of many talents. He has the nick name of Pac Man. He is one of the top boxers of today. He has tried his hand at several fields, like music, acting, played basketball and even served in the army.
Let’s talk about 15 things you might not have known about this multi-talented man.
Manny was born on17th December 1978, in Kibawae, a war-torn fishing community in Philippines. He was the fourth of the six children and was raised in a one room nipa i.e. hut after his family moved to an even more isolated place called Tango. In search of food and fresh water as a child he had to climb the mountain several times a week.
He even sold donuts and peanuts on the street.
As a child, Manny wanted to be a priest. He was raised a Roman Catholic, but when he rose to fame he strayed from church.
He became a devote believer after receiving a letter from his mother and a dream in which he heard God’s voice. He left drinking and gambling. Currently he practices Evangelical Protestant.
Manny did his schooling at Saavedra Saway Elementary School in General Santos City. He had to drop out of school after his father left him for another woman and they faced acute poverty and he had to work.
However in 2007, he cleared a high school equivalency exam. The department of Education awarded him with a high school diploma and he obtained business management degree from Notre Dame of Dadiangas University, General Santos City.
He was conferred with the Honorary Doctorate in Humanity by Southwestern University, for his humanitarian work and boxing achievements on February 18, 2009.
Manny is married to Maria Geraldine Jamora and have five children. They currently reside in General Santos City, South Cotabato, Philippines. The mansion is secured by armed guards 24X7.
His wife was elected as vice governor of Sarangani in 2013.
Many joined the Philippines Army reserve force on April 27, 2006 as a Sergeant Officer. He became a Master Sergeant which is the highest rank in the enlisted personnel in the Philippines in 2007. He rose to special rank of Senior Master Sergeant by 2009.
He holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel along with doing his duty as a military reservist in the Reserve Force of the Philippine Army.
6.Start of Boxing career
Manny’s first encounter with boxing was when he watched the epic battle between James Douglas and Mike Tyson in 1990.
At age 16, he decided to pursue a pro career in boxing and lied that he was 18 and put steel ball in his trunks to meet the minimum weight requirement.
He began his professional career at the age of 17 and he gained popularity with a boxing TV show called Blow By Blow where he got $2 dollar per fight.
He won his first belt in 1997 match for the Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation Flyweight Title.
Manny had a 15-bout winning streak which ended in June 2012 after losing his WBO welterweight title to Timothy Bradley in a controversial split decision.
Manny’s intention of joining politics was known with his announcement of running for a seat in the Philippine House of Representatives in February 2007, he faced defeat.
In 2009, Manny formed a new Filipino political party, the People’s Champ Movement and ran for a legislative seat and faced a marvelous win over the Chiongbian clan which had been in power for more than thirty years he became the officially proclaimed congressman of district of Sarangani on May 13, 2010.
He was elected to his country’s House of Representatives and won a Senate seat in 2016.
8.Tax evasion case
On November 26, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Internal Revenue issued a freeze order on Manny’s entire Philippine bank accounts a few days after he failed to pay P2.2 billion in taxes for the income that he earned in U.S. between 2008 and 2009. The next day they issued an order to freeze all of his Philippine properties.
He arranged a press meeting to counter the BIR and showed documents proving the payment of income tax by his promoter to the BIR’s US counterpart. He also showed a letter from Bob A rum backing up his own evidence.
9.Awards and Recognition
Manny is a recognized name in the field of boxing. He has won many titles.
- He holds the number three rank on ‘The Ring pound-for-pound’ list.
- He has been named as the “Fighter of the Decade” 2000s by The World Boxing Council, The Boxing Writers association and World Boxing Council.
- Has won the “Fighter of the Year” award by The Ring thrice.
- He is the holder of the ESPY Award for being the Best Fighter twice.
- First boxer to win four major world titles of the weight classes known as ‘glamour division’.
- He is the only eight-division world champion in the history of boxing to win twelve major world titles.
- He was ranked no 2 on ESPN’s list of top pound for pound boxers.
10.Recognition from Times and Forbes
In 2009, he was in the Time Magazine’s list of the world’s most influential people. He was the sixth Filipino to appear on the cover of Time Magazine.
He ranked number 11 in Forbes list of World’s Highest Paid Athletes in 2014 and number 20 in 2017.
11.Bronze statue and stamp
Manny has a 10-foot bronze statue at the SM Mall of Asia (MOA). It was unveiled in 2010. Alongside his statue are 8-foot bronze statues of a nurse, a teacher, a farmer and a construction work. It is a tribute to the hardworking men and women of Filipino. This art was created by prize winner Filipino artist Fred Baldemor and is named as “Hardworking Filipinos.”
He is the only Filipino boxer to have a postage stamp dedicated to him.
The Philippines government has even awarded him two titles: the “National Fist” and “National Treasure.”
12.Manny’s secret to success
Manny’s secret to success lies in the system which he calls the “Power Three.”
The three-step process involves
- Your goals,
- A system to reach those goals, and
- Disciplines to maintain your system until you reach your goals.
Manny runs a charitable foundation which provides educational scholarships to 250 children.
Being a philanthropist, every time he has a fight he donates one million pesos to a hospital in GenSan.
14.Venturing in crypocurrency
Manny is an ambassador of blockchain platform Global Crypto Offering Exchange (GCOX) that allows celebrities to create, list and trade their own Celebrity Tokens. Fans can use them to pay for exclusive content and goods sold on the GCOX platform.
Manny would launch his cryptocurrency ‘Pac token’ in collaboration with Singapore based GCOX at a free concert at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday, September 1.
With a net worth of $190 million dollars, Manny is the 6th richest boxer of all time.