Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao or simply Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao is a Filipino professional boxer who was born on December 17, 1979 in Bukidnon, Philippines. He has a total of 58 fights, with 53 wins, 38 of which are KO wins, then 2 draws and 3 losses. He started fighting professionally at the age of 16 in 1995. Since then, he has made his way up and is now given the title the No. 1 “Pound-for-pound” boxer by Ring Magazine. He is trained by Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California.
He then had his first International bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Nevada where he defeated the IBF Super Bantamweight champion Lehlohonolo Ledwaba. Then he followed it with a series of victories against his Mexican contenders that include Marco Antonio Barrera, Juan Manuel Marquez, Erik Morales, Oscar Larios and Jorge Solis.
By June 2008, Pacquiao won his fight against his first American opponent, David Diaz in Las Vegas. And b December of that same year, he won against strong fighter Oscar De La Hoya also in Las Vegas. His latest fight was against Rick Hatton of the United Kingdom where he knocked out the Briton in the second round.
In his personal life, he presently resides in General Santos City, South Cotabato with his wife Jinkee and their four children. Aside from boxing, Pacquiao has also pursued his other interests which include politics, acting and singing.
2010 has been a very fruitful year for Pacquiao as he won in the Philippine local elections in his bid to be the congressman of Sarangani. In addition, he went head to head against Antonio Margarito and won the bout. By the start of 2011, Pacquiao went against Shane Mosley and won in a lopsided victory. Pacquiao is set to close 2011 with another hopeful victory, this time against Juan Manuel Marquez in November.
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