Filipino world boxing champion Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao was born on December 17, 1978, to parents Dionesia Dapidran-Pacquiao and Rosalio Pacquiao. He was raised in Kibawe, which is located in the Bukidnon province of Mindanao, Philippines. When he was a teenager, Pacquiao left his family and boarded a ship to Manila, Philippines, in hopes of training as a boxer and launching a career in the sport. Not long after, in January of 1995, his goals gained some traction; at age 16, he stepped into the ring for his first professional bout, against Edmund Ignacio.
Pacquiao won the fight in four rounds, in a unanimous decision. The victory propelled him on a successful boxing run that would encompass the better part of two decades. In December 1998, Pacquiao won a bout against Chatchai Sasakul of Thailand, taking the World Boxing Council flyweight title—his first major championship. Moving to a higher weight division, he scored a sixth-round technical knockout of Lehlo Ledwaba in 2001 to capture the International Boxing Federation junior featherweight title. He went on to win several high-profile bouts in the years thereafter, claiming world titles in a total of eight different weight divisions.
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Manny Pacquiao Facts
- Manny Pacquiao has been the first in Philippines to appear on a postage stamp as an athlete.
The boxer has founded the ‘Manny Pacquiao Foundation’ to help the people of Philippines and other parts of the world who face problems like poverty and sickness.
- As a humanitarian worker, Pacquiao has invested in many projects to help with cancer research and treatment centers in Mindanao. His humanitarian work also includes medical missions, granting scholarships, and promoting environmental awareness.
- TIME has enlisted Manny Pacquiao in the list of ‘100 Most Influential People’ in 2009 owing to the great popularity of the boxer in US and as a hero among the Filipino people.
- Manny Pacquiao has been featured on the cover of Reader’s Digest Asia. A seven-page story was published about the world champion boxer and the issue was published before the epic match of Pacquiao vs. De La Hoya in 2008.
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