Short Bio: Eight-Division World Champion and Philippine Senator Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao and Undefeated Unified WBC and IBF Welterweight World Champion Errol, Manny Pacquiao is a Filipino professional boxer, media celebrity, and politician who became world-famous for winning boxing titles in more weight classes than any other boxer in history. He rose from abject poverty to the pinnacle of his sport, and he also eventually became a senator in the Philippines.
Professional boxing: The 42-year-old is coming off a two-year layoff to contest for Errol Spence WBC and IBF welterweight titles. Manny Pacquiao has an amateur record of 60–4 and a record of 62–7–2 as a professional, with 39 wins by knockout. Boxing historian Bert Sugar ranked Pacquiao as the greatest southpaw fighter of all time. In 2020, Pacquiao topped the Ranker’s list of best boxers of the 21st century.
Pacquiao made history by being the first boxer ever to win world titles in eight weight divisions, having won twelve major world titles, as well as being the first boxer to win the lineal championship in five different weight classes. Pacquiao is also the first boxer in history to win major world titles in four of the original eight weight classes of boxing, also known as the (flyweight, featherweight, lightweight and welterweight), and the first boxer ever to become a four-decade world champion, winning world championships across four decades (1990s, 2000s, 2010s, and 2020s).
Pacquiao was long rated as the best active boxer in the world, pound for pound, by most sporting news and boxing websites, including ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Sporting Life, Yahoo! Sports, About.com, BoxRec and The Ring, beginning from his climb to lightweight until his losses in 2012. He is also the longest reigning top-ten active boxer on The Ring’s pound for pound list from November 2003 to April 2016.
Pacquiao has generated approximately 20.1 million in pay-per-view (PPV) buys and $1.2 billion in revenue from his 25 PPV bouts. According to Forbes, he was the second highest paid athlete in the world in 2015.
20 fights: Notable fights Pacquiao
Manny Pacquiao’s stellar career is notable for a series of huge fights that have allowed him to become a household name in the United States and one of the most well-known sporting figures around the world.Pacquiao is one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world and is often credited along with Floyd Mayweather Jr. for having the talent, desire and persona to help boxing maintain its status in the sporting world.
While most of his biggest fights have occurred more recently, some of his earlier fights helped put him on the boxing map and allowed him to become a stellar boxer.
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