Manny Pacquiao retired last summer following a defeat to Yordenis Ugas but according to Gibbons, he is ready to lace the gloves up one more time.
The 43-year-old quit the sport to focus on his political career but recently lost out on becoming the Philippines president in their most recent election this year. The senator is open to a possible return though but according to Gibbons, it would have to be this year. “Let’s go,” said Gibbons. “(I)Would love to see it but Mayweather wants none of this smoke due to his ego. “Senator Pacquiao would love an exhibition (against Mayweather). If he was to return it would be this year – But that is a big if,” Gibbons added when asked about a potential Pacquiao comeback.
It was the second most lucrative fight of all-time, just behind Mayweather’s win over Pacquiao in 2015. The American has not stayed away from the sport though. Alongside promoting Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis under Mayweather Promotions, the 46-year-old has fought three exhibitions.
It started in 2018 with a brutal win against Tenshin Nasukawa before an eight-round fight with Logan Paul which went the full distance.
His most recent fight was against former sparring partner Don Moore last month. While it went the distance, Mayweather floored Moore and after promised to fight one more time this year. It could see Mayweather and Pacquiao collide for a second time, and should it happen, you can guarantee it will become the highest generating exhibition fight in history.
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|Senator of the Philippines|
June 30, 2016
|Member of the
Philippine House of Representatives
from Sarangani‘s at-large congressional district
June 30, 2010 – June 30, 2016
|Preceded by||Erwin Chiongbian|
|Succeeded by||Rogelio Pacquiao|
Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao
December 17, 1978 (age 43)
|Political party||PDP-Laban (2012–2014; 2016–present)|
|Relatives||Bobby Pacquiao (brother)|
|Education||Notre Dame of Dadiangas University (no degree)
University of Makati (B.A.)
|Height||5 ft 5+1⁄2 in (166 cm)|
|Reach||67 in (170 cm)|
|Wins by KO||39|
Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao Sr., [pɐkˈjaʊ]; born December 17, 1978) is a Filipino politician and former professional boxer. Nicknamed “PacMan“, he is regarded as one of the greatest professional boxers of all time. He has been serving as a senator of the Philippines since 2016.(locally
Pacquiao is the only eight-division world champion in the history of boxing and has won twelve major world titles. He was the first boxer to win the lineal championship in five different weight classes, the first boxer to win major world titles in four of the eight “glamour divisions” (flyweight, featherweight, lightweight, and welterweight), and is the only boxer to hold world championships across four decades (1990s, 2000s, 2010s, and 2020s). In July 2019, Pacquiao became the oldest welterweight world champion in history at the age of 40, and the first boxer in history to become a recognized four-time welterweight champion after defeating Keith Thurman to win the WBA (Super) welterweight title. As of 2015, Pacquiao’s fights had generated $1.2 billion in revenue from his 25 pay-per-view bouts. According to Forbes, he was the second highest paid athlete in the world in 2015.
Pacquiao entered politics in 2010 when he was elected as the representative of Sarangani. He held this post for six years until he was elected and assumed office as a senator in 2016. He became the president of his party PDP–Laban in 2020 (which is disputed since 2021). On September 19, 2021, Pacquiao officially declared his candidacy for President of the Philippines in the 2022 Philippine presidential election. His plan to expand his political career led to his retirement from professional boxing 10 days later.
Outside of boxing and politics, Pacquiao was the head coach and a player for the Philippine Basketball Association team Kia/Mahindra for three seasons from 2014 to 2017, before founding the semi-professional Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League. He has also starred in films and has presented television shows. In music, he has released multiple PARI–certified platinum albums and songs; his cover of “Sometimes When We Touch” peaked at 19 in the United States on Billboard‘s Adult Contemporary chart after a performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. He is also an Evangelical Christian preacher, philanthropist, and entrepreneur.
Early life and education
Pacquiao was born in Kibawe, Bukidnon and raised in General Santos, Philippines. He is the son of Rosalio Pacquiao and actress Dionisia Dapidran. His parents separated when he was in sixth grade, after his father had an affair. He is the fourth of six siblings, one of whom, Alberto “Bobby” Pacquiao, is also a politician and former professional boxer.
Pacquiao completed his elementary education at Saavedra Saway Elementary School in General Santos City, but dropped out of high school due to extreme and abject poverty.
Manny Pacquiao has an amateur record of 60–4 and a record of 62–8–2 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 “glamour divisions” (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.
On September 29, 2021, Pacquiao announced his retirement from boxing, in a post on social media.
Pacquiao was introduced to boxing at the age of 12 by his maternal uncle Sardo Mejia. According to his autobiography, Pacquiao said watching Mike Tyson’s defeat of James “Buster” Douglas in 1990 with his Uncle Sardo as an experience that, “changed my life forever.” Mejia began training his nephew in a makeshift home gym. After 6 months of training, Pacquiao began boxing in a park in General Santos eventually traveling to other cities to fight higher-ranked opponents. By age 15, he was considered the best junior boxer in the southern Philippines and he moved to Manila. In January 1995, at the age of 16, he made his professional boxing debut as a junior flyweight.
Pacquiao stated of his early years, “Many of you know me as a legendary boxer, and I’m proud of that. However, that journey was not always easy. When I was younger, I became a fighter because I had to survive. I had nothing. I had no one to depend on except myself. I realized that boxing was something I was good at, and I trained hard so that I could keep myself and my family alive.”[better source needed]
On December 4, 1998, at the age of 19, he won his first major title, the World Boxing Council (WBC) flyweight title.
Over the course of his decorated career, Pacquiao has defeated 22 world champions: Chatchai Sasakul, Lehlohonolo Ledwaba, Jorge Eliécer Julio, Marco Antonio Barrera (twice), Érik Morales (twice), Óscar Larios, Jorge Solís, Juan Manuel Márquez (twice), David Díaz, Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, Joshua Clottey, Antonio Margarito, Shane Mosley, Brandon Ríos, Timothy Bradley (twice), Chris Algieri, Jessie Vargas, Lucas Matthysse, Adrien Broner and Keith Thurman.
Ranking and awards
Pacquiao was named “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2000s by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA), World Boxing Council (WBC), and World Boxing Organization (WBO). In 2006, 2008, and 2009, he was awarded Ring magazine, ESPN and BWAA’s Fighter of the Year, and in 2009 and 2011 he won the Best Fighter ESPY Award. BoxRec ranks him as the greatest Asian fighter of all time. In 2016, Pacquiao ranked No. 2 on ESPN‘s list of top pound for pound boxers of the past 25 years and he ranks No.5 in BoxRec‘s ranking of the greatest pound for pound boxers of all time.
Manny Paquiao is a holder of six guinness book world records. He has the most consecutive boxing world title fight victories at different weights at 15, between 2005 and 2011; he is named the oldest welterweight boxing world champion when he claimed the WBA Welterweight title aged 40 years 215 days on July 20, 2019; he has the most boxing world titles won in different weight divisions with eight, when he defeated Antonio Margarito (USA) to win the WBC Super Welterweight title on November 13, 2010. He has also held sanctioned belts in the WBC Flyweight, Super Featherweight and Lightweight divisions, plus The Ring Featherweight, IBF Super Bantamweight, IBO and The Ring Light Welterweight and WBO Welterweight. He recorded the highest selling pay-per-view boxing match in a Welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, on May 2, 2015, and the highest revenue earned from ticket sales for a boxing match from ticket sales title fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, on May 2, 2015.
Forbes listed Pacquiao as the world’s equal sixth highest paid athlete, with a total of $40 million or ₱2 billion pesos from the second half of 2008 to the first half of 2009. Tied with him on the sixth spot was NBA player LeBron James and golfer Phil Mickelson. Pacquiao was again included in Forbes’ list of highest paid athletes from the second half of 2009 to the first half of 2010; he was ranked eighth with an income of $42 million. Pacquiao also won the 2009 ESPY Awards for the Best Fighter category, beating fellow boxer Shane Mosley and Brazilian mixed martial arts fighters Lyoto Machida and Anderson Silva. ESPN Magazine reported that Pacquiao was one of the two top earning athletes for 2010, alongside American Major League Baseball player Alex Rodriguez. According to the magazine’s annual salary report of athletes, Pacquiao earned $32 million (approximately PhP 1.38 billion) for his two 2010 boxing matches against Clottey and Margarito.
National amateur boxing
Manny Pacquiao has never represented the Philippines in international amateur competition such as the Southeast Asian Games or the Summer Olympics.
Pacquiao became the first Filipino Olympic non-participant to be Team Philippines’ flag-bearer during the August 8 opening ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics at the Beijing National Stadium. Swimmer Miguel Molina, 2005 Southeast Asian Games‘ Best Male Athlete, yielded the honor to Pacquiao, upon the request of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to the national sports officials on the Philippines at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
He had the opportunity to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil, when professional boxers under the age of 40 were allowed to compete in the games for the first time. However Pacquiao, decided not to compete to focus on his duties as an incumbent Senator.
On April 17, 2014, Pacquiao, a life-long passionate basketball fan, announced his intention to join the Philippine Basketball Association as the playing coach of Kia Motors Basketball team, an incoming expansion team for the PBA’s 2014–15 season. As the team’s head coach, he asked other teams to not draft him before Kia, and picked himself 11th overall in the first round of the 2014 PBA draft, being the oldest rookie to be ever drafted in the league’s history. Pacquiao played basketball as part of his training before his matches and prior to his PBA stint, Pacquiao was named an honorary member of the Boston Celtics and established friendships with basketball Hall of Famers Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and NBA superstar Steph Curry when they visited him on his trainings & on dugouts. NBA player Karl-Anthony Towns cites Pacquiao as a legend and an influence and visited him along with Klay Thompson at training.
On September 4, 2014, Pacquiao trained with the Golden State Warriors at their training facility in preparation for his PBA stint. On February 18, 2015, Pacquiao played briefly and scored one point when the Sorento pulled an 95–84 upset against Purefoods that tapped former NBA player Daniel Orton as their import for the conference, when asked about playing against Pacquiao he said that Pacquiao as a basketball player was a “mockery of the game and a joke”. Orton was summoned and fined by PBA commissioner Chito Salud and was replaced immediately by his team.
On October 25, 2015, Pacquiao made his first field goal in the PBA in a 108–94 loss against the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. On August 21, 2016, Pacquiao scored a career-high four points in a 97–88 victory against the Blackwater Elite, also sinking the first three-point field goal in his career.
In 2018, although being rumored to transfer to Blackwater, Pacquiao officially announced his retirement from the league after playing just ten games in three seasons and scoring less than fifteen career points. He played one game for the Senate Defenders in a televised-amateur league for government employees and scored 12 points on that same year. He went on to start a career as a sports executive, when he founded the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League, a prominent semi-professional basketball league in the Philippines and announced that he is planning to own an NBA team after boxing retirement.
House of Representatives
On February 12, 2007, Pacquiao announced his campaign for a seat in the Philippine House of Representatives to represent the 1st District of South Cotabato province running as a candidate of the Liberal Party faction under Manila mayor Lito Atienza. Pacquiao, said he was persuaded to run by the local officials of General Santos, hoping he would act as a bridge between their interests and the national government. Ultimately Pacquiao was forced to run under the Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino (KAMPI), a pro-Arroyo political party by the courts. Pacquiao was defeated in the election by incumbent Rep. Darlene Antonino-Custodio of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), who said, “More than anything, I think, people weren’t prepared to lose him as their boxing icon.”
In preparation for his political career in the Filipino House of Representatives, Pacquiao enrolled in the Certificate Course in Development, Legislation, and Governance at the Development Academy of the Philippines – Graduate School of Public and Development Management (DAP-GSPDM).
On November 21, 2009, Pacquiao announced that he would run again for a congressional seat, but this time in Sarangani province, the hometown of his wife Jinkee. In May 2010, Pacquiao was elected to the House of Representatives in the 15th Congress of the Philippines, representing the province of Sarangani. He scored a landslide victory over the wealthy and politically well-entrenched Chiongbian clan that had been in power in the province for more than thirty years. Pacquiao got 120,052 votes while his opponent for the seat, Roy Chiongbian, got 60,899 votes.
In 2013 he was re-elected to the 16th Congress of the Philippines. He ran unopposed. Additionally, his wife, Jinkee, was also elected as vice-governor of Sarangani, while his younger brother, Rogelio was defeated by incumbent Rep. Pedro Acharon of Team PNoy in second district race in South Cotabato which includes General Santos.
Because of other commitments, Pacquiao only attended one Congress session on the congress’ final leg and was criticized for being the top absentee among lawmakers. Despite his poor attendance and low number of bills filed, he still announced his candidacy for Senator in the 2016 elections.
On October 5, 2015, Pacquiao formally declared that he was running for senator under the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) party of vice-president Jejomar Binay. On May 19, 2016, Pacquiao was formally elected as a senator by the Commission on Elections. Pacquiao garnered over 16 million votes, landing 7th among 12 new members of the Senate.
As a senator, he notably aligned himself with the Duterte government, facilitating on September 18, 2016, the ouster of Leila de Lima from the chairmanship of the Senate Justice committee and criticized de Lima’s presentation on September 21 of the same year of an alleged member of the Davao Death Squad. He has been vocal about De Lima’s alleged links with a purported drug lord, Kerwin Espinosa, an allegation that led to De Lima’s arrest and detention. De Lima has been a member of the opposition in the Senate of the 17th and 18th Congress of the Philippines and a critic of Duterte; prior to her arrest, she had been investigating the Davao Death Squad as well as suspected extrajudicial killings within Duterte’s War on Drugs. Meanwhile, in another Senate hearing, Pacquiao defended then-Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte from allegations of having a part, along with the vice mayor’s alleged drinking buddy Charlie Tan and Kenneth Dong, in a 2017 seized ₱6.4-billion shipment of illegal drugs from Xiamen, China into the Philippines.
As of 2018, Pacquiao has filed a total of 31 Senate bills during the 17th Congress. And in a bill filed alongside Senator Bato dela Rosa and Bong Go, he backed the return of capital punishment into the lexicon of Philippine criminal law.
In June 2019, the Philippine Senate released a data showing Pacquiao as having the worst attendance record among all senators in the 17th Congress, reflecting a struggle Pacquiao had since he was a congressman.
2022 presidential campaign
In December 2020, Pacquiao became Acting President of the ruling party PDP-Laban after Koko Pimentel resigned. After speculations spread around a possible Pacquiao run for president, backed by the senator’s own expression of interest in a presidential bid for the 2022 presidential election, Pacquiao began to be critical of the Duterte administration.
In June 2021, he expressed belief that Duterte’s response towards China’s claims in the South China Sea was lacking. Duterte rebuked Pacquiao for the statement, saying the latter lacked knowledge in foreign policy. The President also responded to a claim attributed to Pacquiao that the Duterte administration is more corrupt than those by his predecessors; Duterte challenged Pacquiao to name certain individuals or agencies, otherwise he will launch a negative campaign against the senator in the 2022 elections.
Alfonso Cusi‘s faction through a vote decided that Pacquiao is no longer party president of PDP-Laban on July 17. Melvin Matibag, the deputy secretary-general of PDP-Laban, defended the vote, saying it was organized because the term limits of the party’s officials had already expired. Pacquiao is still regarded by his faction as party president.
Pacquiao officially announced his presidential bid on September 19, 2021, during the National Assembly of the PDP-Laban, organized by his faction. On October 1, he formally registered his candidacy under the Cebu-based party PROMDI. This was in accordance with the “MP3 Alliance” established by PDP Laban under Pacquiao’s faction with PROMDI, and the People’s Champ Movement. Cusi’s faction in response to Pacquiao’s filing of his candidacy under PROMDI decided that he is no longer a member of PDP-Laban.
His platforms include solving corruption and a promise of nationwide housing projects for the poor. Since the campaign period started on February, he had struggled in the presidential surveys with low ratings ranking fourth to fifth among the candidates, dropping to as low as 1.8 percent on the March 2022 poll by Publicus Asia and 8 percent on Pulse Asia with his disapproval rating going up.
In March 2022, amid recent news about fellow presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos unsettled tax dues amounting to 200 billion pesos, Pacquiao openly challenged Marcos to a one-on-one debate and made remarks against critics saying “he’s not intelligent enough to be president” saying that “the most dumb in this country are those who are going to vote for a plunderer”.
Acting and hosting career
With growing fame, Pacquiao became a celebrity and was obligated to start his acting and hosting career with guest appearances on ABS-CBN shows. He signed a contract as an actor & host with ABS-CBN short-after.
In December 2005, Pacquiao took his first lead role in Violett Films’ Lisensyadong Kamao (Licensed Fist). The film is titled so because (according to director Tony Bernal), being a boxer, Pacquiao is licensed to use his hands.
Pacquiao starred in the superhero/comedy film entitled Wapakman, which was released on December 25, 2009, as an entry to the 2009 Metro Manila Film Festival. Like his previous films, Wapakman was not commercially successful.
Upon the expiration of his contract with ABS-CBN, Pacquiao signed with GMA Network as an actor and host in September 2007. On December 17, 2007, he taped his first episode of the networks infotainment show Pinoy Records. His other projects with the network included Totoy Bato and the sitcom Show Me Da Manny, where he appeared as Marian Rivera‘s onscreen loveteam, and in which his mother, Dionisia, also appeared. He also hosted his own game show Manny Many Prizes where he gave out prizes to his audience.
In 2020, he was cast to portray General Miguel Malvar in the upcoming biopic film Malvar: Tuloy ang Laban about the Philippine hero, which gained mixed reactions from the Malvar family. Gabriel, grandson of General Malvar’s youngest child Pablo, worries that Pacquiao’s fame might overshadow his movie character. While Villegas, son of Malvar’s daughter Isabel, supports the casting.
Pacquiao recorded songs to use as entrance music for his fights and released them on two albums that were certified platinum locally in the Philippines. Most of the Tagalog songs of Pacquiao were composed by Lito Camo who wrote Pacquiao’s biggest hit and primarily known song “Para Sayo ang Laban Na ‘To”.
On November 3, 2009, Pacquiao covered “Sometimes When We Touch“, originally by Dan Hill, on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, marking his first singing performance on American TV. He went back to the late-night talk show on March 3, 2010, to cover another song, “Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love for You“. He would later record Dan Hill’s hit in April 2011 as a single which reached number 19 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. It made Pacquiao one of the few Southeast Asians to enter a US Billboard chart. He also appeared with Will Ferrell and sang a version of John Lennon‘s “Imagine” for his third guesting on the show. His appearances on the show led to Canadian rapper Drake impersonating him and making fun of his singing by creating a parody. Pacquiao responded by posting another video of himself singing. In 2015, he released an extended play that featured his own recorded entrance song for his fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. and shortly announced his retirement from music, being quoted saying “I love music, but music is not for me”.
The following are Manny Pacquiao’s albums from 2006 to 2015:
In popular culture
Film and television
A film based on Pacquiao’s life, Pacquiao: The Movie, was released on June 21, 2006, featuring Filipino actor Jericho Rosales as Manny Pacquiao and was directed by Joel Lamangan. The film flopped at the box office, grossing a total of only P4,812,191 (approximately US$99,322), as confirmed by Lamangan.
Another film, based on Pacquiao’s early life in boxing, Kid Kulafu, was released on April 15, 2015, featuring young actor Robert Villar as Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao. The film dramatizes the life of the Filipino boxing superstar during his childhood.
Pacquiao has featured in the Fight Night boxing video game franchise as a playable character. The playable character Paquito, in the mobile game, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang was also inspired from Pacquiao. A skin was also made available for Paquito which changes the character’s appearance to that of the real life boxer. Filipino game developer Ranida Games announced in 2021 that a mobile game revolving around Pacquiao’s boxing career Fighting Pride: The Manny Pacquiao Saga is in the works.
Pacquiao was one of Time’s 100 most influential people for the year 2009, for his exploits in boxing and his influence among the Filipino people. Pacquiao was also included by Forbes in its annual Celebrity 100 list for the year 2009, joining Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie and fellow athletes Woods and Bryant.
Pacquiao has also appeared on the cover of Time magazine Asia for their November 16, 2009, issue. According to their five-page feature story, “(Pacquiao is) a fighter with enough charisma, intelligence and backstory to help rescue a sport lost in the labyrinth of pay-per-view. Global brands like Nike want him in their ads.” They also added, “Pacquiao has a myth of origin equal to that of any Greek or Roman hero. He leaves the Philippines to make it even bigger, conquering the world again and again to bring back riches to his family and friends.” Pacquiao became the eighth Filipino to grace the cover of the prestigious magazine, after former Philippine presidents Manuel L. Quezon, Ramon Magsaysay, Ferdinand Marcos, Corazon Aquino, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and Filipino actress and environmentalist Chin Chin Gutierrez. Pacquiao was also featured on the cover of Reader’s Digest Asia, where a seven-page story was written about the Filipino boxing superstar. The issue came out in November 2008, before Pacquiao’s epic match against De La Hoya.
Pacquiao is also mentioned in some hip hop tracks including Kool A.D.‘s song entitled “Manny Pacquiao” on his mixtape, 51. A few notable ones are Pitbull‘s “Get It Started”, A$AP Rocky‘s “Phoenix”, Bad Meets Evil and Bruno Mars‘ “Lighters”, Eminem and Skylar Grey‘s “Asshole”, Future‘s “Never Gon’ Lose”, Migos‘ “Chinatown”, Nicki Minaj and Ciara‘s “I’m Legit” and Rick Ross‘s “High Definition”, Jelo Acosta‘s “Just Like Manny P” to name a few.
On November 26, 2013, a few days after Pacquiao’s victory over Brandon Ríos, the Philippine Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) issued a freeze order on all of Pacquiao’s Philippine bank accounts due to his alleged failure to pay ₱2.2 billion in taxes for earnings he made in his fights in the United States from 2008 to 2009. A day after the bank account freeze, the BIR also issued an order to freeze all of Pacquiao’s Philippine properties, whereupon Pacquiao presented documents to the press showing the income tax for non-resident alien payment by his promoter to the BIR’s US counterpart, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), as well as a letter from Bob Arum. In April 2017, Pacquiao, now a senator, approached Philippine authorities in an attempt to settle the case. The BIR had maintained that taxes were due even if all taxes had been paid to the IRS in the first place.
In February 2016, Pacquiao, in a video statement posted by TV5, made a comment on the issue of same-sex marriage. Pacquiao, in vernacular, described people in same-sex marriages as behaving worse than animals because, he said, animals generally do not have same-sex mating. LGBT celebrities criticized the statements of the senatorial candidate. Pacquiao later apologized and stated that while, as a Christian, he is still against same-sex marriage, which he said is against Biblical teachings, he did not condemn gay people themselves. Nike ended their longtime partnership with Pacquiao, stating his comments against gay people were abhorrent. The Grove at Farmers Market in Los Angeles also banned Pacquiao from the shopping mall.
Towards the end of the video, Pacquiao clarified that he is not condemning gay people.
…but I am not condemning them, just the marriage which is a sin against God.— Continuation of Manny Pacquiao’s stand on same-sex marriage in a video statement by TV5 posted later on February 19, 2016.
Pacquiao married Jinkee Jamora on May 10, 1999. Together, they have five children, Emmanuel Jr. (Jimuel), Michael Stephen, Mary Divine Grace (Princess) who is a popular YouTube vlogger with millions of subscribers and started the Pacquiao family’s network of YouTube content, Queen Elizabeth (Queenie) and Israel. His first son, Jimuel, also rose to celebrity fame as an amateur boxer, model & actor, while his second son, Michael, is a rapper, who has amassed tens of millions of streams with his songs. His daughter, Queenie, was born in the United States. He resides in his hometown of General Santos, South Cotabato, Philippines. As the congressman representing the lone district of Sarangani from 2010 to 2016, he officially resided in Kiamba, Sarangani, the hometown of his wife. Upon his election to the Senate of the Philippines, he returned his official residence to General Santos, as Senators are elected on a nationwide basis, rather than by district.
Pacquiao has a YouTube channel with 500,000 subscribers as of June 2021. The Pacquiao family constantly posts content about their activities together in their own separate YouTube channels. His daughter, Mary and his wife Jinkee both have one million subscribers and his sons Jimuel and Michael each have fewer than 600,000.
On June 25, 2010, Pacquiao completed a 10-day crash course on Development Legislation and Governance at the Graduate School of Public and Development Management of the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP).
Pacquiao was officially enrolled for two semesters at Notre Dame of Dadiangas University (NDDU) in the Academic Year 2007-2008 under the bachelor’s degree of business administration major in marketing management program, however, Pacquiao was not able to finish the program and NDDU did not grant him a college degree.
On December 11, 2019, Pacquiao graduated from University of Makati with a bachelor’s degree in political science; majoring in local government administration through the Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency and Accreditation Program (ETEEAP) of the Philippine Councilors League-Legislative Academy (PCCLA) which allows qualified Filipinos to complete a collegiate-level education via informal education system.
Raised Catholic, Pacquiao is currently practicing and preaching Evangelical Protestantism. Pacquiao said he once had a dream where he saw a pair of angels and heard the voice of God—this dream convinced him to become a devout believer.
Pacquiao enlisted as a military reservist and was promoted with the rank of colonel in the Reserve Force of the Philippine Army. Prior to being promoted to full colonel after finishing his General Staff Course (GSC) schooling, he held the rank of lieutenant colonel for being a member of the Philippine Congress as per the AFP’s regulations for reservist officers. He first entered the army’s reserve force on April 27, 2006, as a sergeant. Later, he rose to Technical Sergeant on December 1 of the same year. On October 7, 2007, he became a Master Sergeant, the highest rank for enlisted personnel. On May 4, 2009, he was given the special rank of Senior Master Sergeant and was also designated as the Command Sergeant Major of the 15th Ready Reserve Division.
Awards and recognitions
- 2000–2009 Boxing Writers Association of America Fighter of the Decade
- 2000–2009 HBO Fighter of the Decade
- 2001–2010 World Boxing Council Boxer of the Decade
- 2001–2010 World Boxing Organization Best Pound-for-Pound Fighter of the Decade
- 2006, 2008 and 2009 Boxing Writers Association of America’s Fighter of the Year
- 2006, 2008 and 2009 ESPN Fighter of the Year
- 2006, 2008 and 2009 The Ring Fighter of the Year
- 2007 World Boxing Hall of Fame Fighter of the year
- 2008 Sports Illustrated Boxer of the Year
- 2008 Yahoo! Sports Fighter of the Year
- 2008 and 2009 ESPN Star‘s Champion of Champions
- 2008 and 2009 World Boxing Council Boxer of the Year
- 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 The Ring No.1 Pound-for-Pound (year-end)
- 2009 ESPN Knockout of the Year (in Round 2 against Ricky Hatton)
- 2009 and 2011 ESPY Awards Best Fighter
- 2009 and 2015 Forbes magazine World’s Highest-Paid Athletes (ranked 6th and 2nd)
- 2009 Sports Illustrated Fighter of the Year
- 2009 The Ring Knockout of the Year (in Round 2 against Ricky Hatton)
- 2009 TIME 100 Most Influential People (Heroes and Icons Category)
- 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2015 Forbes magazine Celebrity 100 (The World’s Most Powerful Celebrity) (ranked 57th, 55th, 33rd and 2nd)
- 2010 World Boxing Organization Fighter of the Year
- 2010 Yahoo! Sports Boxing’s Most Influential (ranked 25th)
- 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015 The Ring Magazine Event of the year
- 2011 Las Vegas Walk of Stars Awardee
- 2011 Guinness World Records Most boxing world titles in different weight divisions (8 times; since November 13, 2010)
- 2012 Laredo Asian Association Special Recognition Award
- 2013 On The Ropes Boxing Awards Comeback Fighter of the Year
- 2013 The Ring magazine Comeback of the Year
- 2014, 2015 and 2016 Reader’s Digest Asia Pacific Most Trusted Sports Personality
- 2014 On The Ropes Boxing Awards Fighter of the Year
- 2014 PublicAffairsAsia HP Gold Standard Award for Communicator of the Year
- 2015 Asia Society‘s Asia Game Changer of the Year
- 2016 Forbes magazine Boxing’s MVPs (ranked 4th)
- 2019 Forbes magazine Highest Paid Athletes of the Decade (ranked 8th)
- 2019 World Boxing News Fighter of the year
- 2000–2009 Philippine Sportswriters Association Athlete of the Decade
- 2000–2009 Gabriel “Flash” Elorde Memorial Boxer of the Decade
- 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 Gabriel “Flash” Elorde Memorial Boxer of the Year
- 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2008 PSA Sportsman of the Year
- 2003 Presidential Medal of Merit
- 2003 and 2010 Congressional Medal of Achievement / Distinction / Honor
- 2006 Order of Lakandula with the rank of “Champion for Life” (Kampeon Habambuhay)
- 2006 Eastwood City Walk of Fame Awardee
- 2006 36th GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards People’s Hero Award
- 2008 Gabriel “Flash” Elorde Memorial Hall of Fame Awardee
- 2008 Philippine Legion of Honor with the rank of “Officer” (Pinuno)
- 2008 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Honorary Award for Sports Excellence
- 2009 Gabriel “Flash” Elorde Memorial Best Pound For Pound Boxer Award
- 2009 25th Philippine Movie Press Club Star Awards for Movies Newsmaker of the Year
- 2009 Order of Sikatuna with the rank of Datu (Grand Cross with Gold Distinction)
- 2009 Southwestern University – honorary Doctorate of Humanities (Honoris Causa as accorded by the Commission on Higher Education)
- 2010–2019 Philippine Sportswriters Association Athlete of the Decade
- 2011 Gabriel “Flash” Elorde Memorial “Quintessential Athlete” Award
- 2012 Gabriel “Flash” Elorde Memorial “Man of Others” Award
- 2013, 2016 and 2018 Gabriel “Flash” Elorde Memorial Award of Distinction
- 2015 MEGA Man Magazine Man of the Year
- 2017 Bawas Bisyo Youth for Sin Tax Movement Anti-smoking champion
- 2018 League of Municipalities of the Philippines – Cebu “Cebuano Heritage Award for Manny Pacquiao”
- 2019 50th GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Global Achievement by a Filipino Award
- 2020 Clean Air Philippines Movement, Inc. (CAPMI) “Clean Air Champion” award
- 2021 Philippine Sportswriters Association Chooks-to-Go Fan Favorite “Manok ng Bayan” Award
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