Manny Pacquiao

"Pacquiao" redirects here. For Manny Pacquiao's brother, see Bobby Pacquiao. For former vice governor of Sarangani, in Mindanao, Philippines, wife of Manny Pacquiao, see Jinkee Pacquiao. For the biography film, see Pacquiao: The Movie.

This name uses Philippine naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Dapidran and the second or paternal family name is Pacquiao.
The Honorable
Manny Pacquiao

Pacquiao in 2013
Senator of the Philippines
Assumed office
June 30, 2016
Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from the Lone Legislative District of Sarangani
In office
June 30, 2010  June 30, 2016
Preceded by Erwin L. Chiongbian
Succeeded by Roel D. Pacquiao
Personal details
Born Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao
(1978-12-17) December 17, 1978
Kibawe, Bukidnon, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Political party PDP-Laban (2012–2014, 2016–present)
People's Champ Movement (2010–present)
Other political
Spouse(s) Jinkee Jamora (m. 2000)
Children 5
Alma mater
Occupation Athlete
Profession Professional boxer
Known for Eight-division boxing world champion

Emmanuel "Manny" Dapidran Pacquiao, PLH (/ˈpæki./ PAK-ee-ow; Tagalog: [pɐkˈjaʊ];[1] born December 17, 1978) is a Filipino professional boxer and politician, currently serving as Senator of the Philippines. In boxing he has held the lineal welterweight title since April 2016, and the WBO welterweight title since November 2016.

Pacquiao is generally considered to be one of the greatest boxers of all time as he is the first and only eight-division world champion,[2][3] having won eleven major world titles, as well as being the first boxer to win the lineal championship in five different weight classes.[4][5][6] Pacquiao is also the third boxer in history to win genuine world titles in three of the original eight weight divisions of boxing, also known as the "glamour divisions" (flyweight, featherweight, and welterweight).[7][8][9]

He was named "Fighter of the Decade" for the 2000s by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA), WBC, and WBO. He is also a three-time Ring magazine and BWAA Fighter of the Year, winning the award in 2006, 2008, and 2009; and the Best Fighter ESPY Award in 2009 and 2011.[10] BoxRec ranks him as the greatest Asian fighter of all time.[11] Pacquiao was long rated as the best pound for pound boxer in the world by most sporting news and boxing websites, including ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Sporting Life, Yahoo! Sports,, BoxRec, and The Ring, beginning from his climb to lightweight until his losses in 2012.[12][13] He is also the longest reigning top-ten boxer on The Ring's pound for pound list.[14]

Pacquiao has generated approximately 19.2 million in pay-per-view buys and $1.2 billion in revenue from his 23 PPV bouts.[15] According to Forbes, he was the second highest paid athlete in the world as of 2015.[16]

Beyond boxing, Pacquiao has participated in basketball, business, acting, music recording and politics. In May 2010, Pacquiao was elected to the House of Representatives in the 15th Congress of the Philippines, representing the province of Sarangani. He was re-elected in 2013 to the 16th Congress of the Philippines.[17] In June 2016, Pacquiao was elected as a senator and will serve a six-year term until 2022.[18]

Pacquiao, while mostly focused on being a boxer and a politician, is listed as the head coach of the basketball team Mahindra Floodbuster. He was also drafted onto the team as 11th overall pick in the first round of the 2014 PBA draft, making him the oldest rookie drafted,[19] as well as the shortest player and the first dual-sport athlete in the Philippine Basketball Association.[20]

Early and personal life

Manny Pacquiao

Pacquiao in 2007
  • Pac-Man
  • The Destroyer[21]
  • The Mexicutioner[22]
  • The Filipino Slugger[23]
  • The Nation's Fist
Rated at
Height 5 ft 5 12 in (166 cm)[24]
Reach 67 in (170 cm)
Nationality Filipino
Born (1978-12-17) December 17, 1978
Kibawe, Bukidnon, Philippines
Stance Southpaw[25]
Boxing record
Total fights 67
Wins 59
Wins by KO 38
Losses 6
Draws 2

Pacquiao was born on December 17, 1978, in Kibawe, Bukidnon, Philippines. He is the son of Rosalio Pacquiao and Dionisia Dapidran-Pacquiao.[26] His parents separated when he was in sixth grade, after his mother discovered that his father was living with another woman.[26] He is the fourth among six siblings: Liza Silvestre-Onding and Domingo Silvestre (from first husband of his mother) and Isidra Pacquiao-Paglinawan, Alberto "Bobby" Pacquiao and Rogelio "Roel" Pacquiao.

Pacquiao married Jinkee Jamora on May 10, 2000. Together, they have five children, Emmanuel Jr. (Jimuel), Michael Stephen, Mary Divine Grace, Queen Elizabeth and Israel. His daughter, Queen, was born in the United States. He resides in his hometown General Santos City, South Cotabato, Philippines.[27] However, as a congressman of lone district of Sarangani, he is officially residing in Kiamba, Sarangani, the hometown of his wife.

Raised in the Roman Catholic faith,[28] Pacquiao is currently a practicing Evangelical Protestant.[29][30][31] He once had a dream where he saw a pair of angels and heard the voice of God; this dream convinced him to become more religious.[32] He is also a military reservist with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Reserve Force of the Philippine Army.[33] Prior to being commissioned to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, 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 in the 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.[34]


Pacquiao completed his elementary education at Saavedra Saway Elementary School in General Santos City, but dropped out of high school due to extreme poverty.[35] He left his home at age 14 because his mother, who had six children, was not making enough money to support her family.[35]

In February 2007 he took, and passed, a high school equivalency exam making him eligible for college education.[36] He was awarded with a high school diploma by the Department of Education. Pacquiao enrolled for a college degree in business management at Notre Dame of Dadiangas University (NDDU) in his hometown in General Santos City.

On February 18, 2009, Pacquiao was conferred the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humanities (Honoris Causa) by Southwestern University (SWU) at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino in Lahug, Cebu City in recognition of his boxing achievements and humanitarian work.[37]

In preparation for his career as a lawmaker in the 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).[38]

Sporting career

Amateur career

At the age of 14, Pacquiao moved to Manila and lived for a time on the streets. He started boxing and made the Philippine national amateur boxing team where his room and board were paid for by the government. Pacquiao reportedly had an amateur record of 64 fights (60–4).[39]

Light flyweight

In 1995, the death of a young aspiring boxer and close friend, Eugene Barutag, spurred the young Pacquiao to pursue a professional boxing career.[40] Pacquiao started his professional boxing career when he was just 16 years old, stood at 4'11'' and weighed 98 pounds (7 pounds under the minimumweight division). He admitted before American media that he put weights in his pockets to make the 105-pound weight limit.[41] His early light flyweight division fights took place in small local venues and were shown on Vintage Sports' Blow by Blow, an evening boxing show. His professional debut was a four-round bout against Edmund "Enting" Ignacio, on January 22, 1995. Weighed just 106 pounds, Pacquiao won via a unanimous decision, becoming an instant star of the program. Pacquiao's name was so accustomed to the viewers not only because of his aggressive, go-for-broke kamikaze-style of fighting, but also of his unique looks and catchy surname.[42]


Pacquiao's weight increased from 106 to 113 pounds before losing in his 12th bout against Rustico Torrecampo via a third-round knockout, he was caught with a looping left hand flush on the chin which he couldn't get up from. Pacquiao failed to make the required weight, so he was forced to use heavier gloves than Torrecampo, thereby putting him at a disadvantage.[43]

Following the Torrecampo fight, Pacquiao continued undefeated for his next 15 fights. He went on another unbeaten run that saw him take on the more experienced Chokchai Chockvivat in flyweight division. Pacquiao knocked out Chockvivat in the fifth round and took the OPBF Flyweight title.[44] After one official defense and two non-title bouts, Pacquiao got his first opportunity to fight for a world title.

Pacquiao vs. Sasakul

16-year-old Pacquiao in 1996

Pacquiao captured the WBC and lineal flyweight titles (his first major boxing world title) over Chatchai Sasakul by way of knockout in the eighth round.[45] He defended the titles successfully against Mexican Gabriel Mira via a fourth-round technical knockout. However, Pacquiao lost the lineal title in his second defense against Medgoen Singsurat, also known as Medgoen 3K Battery, via a third-round knockout. The bout was held in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand. Singsurat got Pacquiao on the ropes and landed a flush straight right to the body, coiling Pacquiao over and keeping him there. Prior to the fight Pacquiao lost the WBC title at the scales, as he surpassed the weight limit of 112 pounds.

Super bantamweight

Following his loss to Singsurat, Pacquiao gained weight and skipped the super flyweight and bantamweight divisions. This time, Pacquiao went to super bantamweight, or junior featherweight, division of 122 pounds, where he picked up the WBC International Super Bantamweight title. He defended this title five times before his chance for a world title fight came.

Pacquiao vs. Ledwaba

Pacquiao's big break came on June 23, 2001, against IBF Super Bantamweight title holder Lehlohonolo Ledwaba. Pacquiao stepped into the fight as a late replacement on two weeks' notice but won the fight by technical knockout to win the title, his second major boxing world title. The bout was held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao went on to defend this title four times under head trainer Freddie Roach, owner of the Wild Card Gym in West Hollywood.


Pacquiao vs. Barrera I

On November 15, 2003, Pacquiao faced Marco Antonio Barrera at the Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, in a fight that many consider to have defined his career. Pacquiao, who was fighting at featherweight for the first time, brought his power with him and defeated Barrera via technical knockout in the eleventh round, only the second knockout loss in Barrera's career, and won The Ring and lineal featherweight championships,[46] making him the first Filipino and Asian to become a three-division world champion, a fighter who won world titles in three different weight divisions. He defended the title twice before relinquishing it in 2005.[47]

On November 24, 2003, the then Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo conferred on Pacquiao the Presidential Medal of Merit at the Ceremonial Hall of Malacañang Palace for his knockout victory over the best featherweight boxer of the world. The following day, the members of the House of Representatives of the Philippines presented the House Resolution No. 765, authored by the then House Speaker Jose De Venecia and Bukidnon Representative Juan Miguel Zubiri, which honored Pacquiao the Congressional Medal of Achievement for his exceptional achievements. Pacquiao is the first sportsman to receive such an honor from the House of Representatives.[48][49]

Pacquiao vs. Márquez I

Six months after the fight with Barrera, Pacquiao challenged Juan Manuel Márquez, who at the time held both the WBA and IBF Featherweight titles. The fight took place at the MGM Grand Arena, Las Vegas, on May 8, 2004.

In the first round, Márquez was caught cold, as he was knocked down three times by Pacquiao. However, Márquez showed great heart to recover from the early knockdowns and went on to win the majority of rounds thereafter. This was largely due to Márquez's counterpunch style, which he managed to effectively utilize against the aggressive style of Pacquiao. At the end of a very close fight, both boxers felt they had done enough to win the fight. The bout was scored a draw, which proved to be a controversial decision.[50] The final scores were 115–110 for Márquez, 115–110 for Pacquiao and 113–113.[50] The judge who scored the bout 113–113 admitted to making an error on the scorecards, having scored the first round as 10–7 in favor of Pacquiao instead of the standard 10–6 for a three-knockdown round. If he had scored the round 10–6 for Pacquiao (as the other two judges did), the result would have been a split decision in favor of Pacquiao.[50] However, ESPN reported that some pundits are also scored the fight in favor of Márquez.[51]

Super featherweight

Pacquiao vs. Morales I

Pacquiao leaving the ring while giving the V sign to the crowd on the night of the first fight against Morales

On March 19, 2005, Pacquiao moved up in super featherweight, or junior lightweight, division of 130 pounds, in order to fight another Mexican legend and three-division world champion Érik Morales for the vacant WBC International and vacant IBA Super Featherweight titled. The fight took place at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas. In this fight, Pacquiao sustained a cut over his right eye from an accidental clash of heads in the fifth round. He lost the twelve-round match by a unanimous decision from the judges. All three scorecards read 115–113 for Morales.[52]

On September 10, 2005, Manny Pacquiao knocked out in six rounds Héctor Velázquez at Staples Center in Los Angeles to capture the WBC International Super Featherweight title, which he went on to defend five times. On the same day, his rival, Érik Morales, fought Zahir Raheem and lost via unanimous decision.

Pacquiao vs. Morales II

Despite Morales's loss to Raheem, Pacquiao got matched up against Morales in a rematch which took place on January 21, 2006 at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas. During the fight, Morales escaped being knocked down twice, once in the second round by holding onto the ropes and once in the sixth by falling on the referee. Pacquiao eventually knocked Morales out in the tenth, the first time Morales was knocked out in his boxing career.[53]

Pacquiao vs. Larios

On July 2, 2006, Pacquiao defended his WBC International title against Óscar Larios, a two-time Super Bantamweight Champion who had moved up two weight divisions to fight Pacquiao. Pacquiao won the fight via unanimous decision, knocking down Larios two times in the 12-round bout at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Philippines. The three judges scored the fight 117–110, 118–108 and 120–106 all for Pacquiao.[54]

On July 3, 2006, the day after winning the fight against Larios, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo personally bestowed the Order of Lakandula with the rank of "Champion for Life" (Kampeon Habambuhay) and the plaque of appreciation to Pacquiao in a simple ceremony at the Presidential Study of Malacañang Palace.[55]

Pacquiao vs. Morales III

Pacquiao and Morales fought a third time (with the series tied 1–1) on November 18, 2006. Witnessed by a near-record crowd of 18,276, the match saw Pacquiao defeat Morales via a third-round knockout at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.[56] After the Pacquiao–Morales rubber match, Bob Arum, Pacquiao's main promoter, announced that Manny had returned his signing bonus back to Golden Boy Promotions, signaling intentions to stay with Top Rank. This prompted Golden Boy Promotions to sue Pacquiao over breach of contract.[57]

Pacquiao vs. Solís

After a failed promotional negotiation with Marco Antonio Barrera's camp, Bob Arum chose Jorge Solís as Pacquiao's next opponent among several fighters Arum offered as replacements. The bout was held in San Antonio, Texas, on April 14, 2007. In the sixth round, an accidental headbutt occurred, giving Pacquiao a cut under his left eyebrow. The fight ended in the eighth when Pacquiao knocked Solis down twice. Solis barely beat the count after the second knockdown, causing the referee to stop the fight and award Pacquiao a knockout win. The victory raised Pacquiao's win–loss–draw record to 44–3–2 with 34 knockouts. This also marked the end of Solis's undefeated streak.

Pacquiao vs. Barrera II

On June 29, 2007, Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions announced that they agreed to settle their lawsuit, meaning the long-awaited rematch with Marco Antonio Barrera would occur despite Pacquiao being the top-ranked contender for Juan Manuel Márquez's WBC Super Featherweight title. On October 6, 2007, Pacquiao defeated Barrera in their rematch via an easy unanimous decision. In the eleventh round, Pacquiao's punch caused a deep cut below Barrera's right eye. Barrera retaliated with an illegal punch on the break that dazed Pacquiao, but also resulted in a point deduction for Barrera. Two judges scored the bout 118–109, whereas the third scored it 115–112.[58]

In The Ring Magazine, Pacquiao (45–3–2) remained at the top of the super featherweight division (130 pounds). He had been in the ratings for 108 weeks.[59][60] On November 13, 2007, he was honored by the World Boxing Council as Emeritus Champion during its 45th Annual World Convention held at the Manila Hotel.[61]

On November 20, 2007, José Nuñez, manager of WBO Super Featherweight Champion Joan Guzmán, accused Pacquiao's handler Bob Arum of evading a match between the two boxers to protect Pacquiao.[62] Guzmán went as far as to directly call out Pacquiao at the postfight press conference of the Pacquiao–Barrera rematch in front of the crowd at the Mandalay Bay Events Center's media room in Las Vegas.[63]

Pacquiao vs. Márquez II

Pacquiao with his trainer Freddie Roach at Pacquiao's Christmas and birthday bash in Los Angeles

On March 15, 2008, in a rematch against Juan Manuel Márquez, called "Unfinished Business," Pacquiao won via split decision. The fight was held at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. With the victory, Pacquiao won the WBC, The Ring and lineal super featherweight titles,[64] making him the first Filipino and Asian to become a four-division world champion, a fighter who won world titles in four different weight divisions. The fight was a close, hard fought battle, during which both fighters received cuts.[65] Throughout the fight, Márquez landed the most punches at a higher percentage; however, the decisive factor proved to be a third-round knockdown, wherein Márquez was floored by a Pacquiao left hook.[65] At the end of the fight, the judges' scores were 115–112 for Pacquiao, 115–112 for Márquez and 114–113 for Pacquiao.[65]

In the post-fight news conference, Márquez's camp called for an immediate rematch. In addition, Richard Schaefer, Golden Boy Promotions CEO, offered a $6 million guarantee to Pacquiao for a rematch.[66] However, Pacquiao ruled out a third clash with Márquez, saying, "I don't think so. This business is over."[65] The reason that Pacquiao did not want a rematch was because he intended to move up to the lightweight division to challenge David Díaz, the reigning WBC Lightweight title holder at that time.[65] Díaz won a majority decision over Ramón Montano that night as an undercard of the "Unfinished Business" fight.


Pacquiao vs. Díaz

On June 28, 2008, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Pacquiao defeated David Díaz in lightweight division via ninth-round knockout and won the WBC Lightweight title. With the victory, Pacquiao became the first and only Filipino and Asian to become a five-division world champion, a fighter who won world titles in five different weight divisions,[67] and also became the first Filipino fighter to ever win a world title at lightweight.[68] During the fight, which Pacquiao dominated, Díaz was cut badly on his right eye in the fourth round.[69] After the bout, Díaz acknowledged Pacquiao's superior hand speed, stating "It was his speed. It was all his speed. I could see the punches perfectly, but he was just too fast."[70]

Bob Arum reported that the fight had made 12.5 million dollars, earning Díaz his best payday of 850,000 dollars, whilst Pacquiao earned at least 3 million dollars.[67] Official records revealed an attendance of 8,362 (out of a maximum capacity of 12,000).[71]

Holding both the WBC Super Featherweight and Lightweight titles following the win, Pacquiao decided to vacate his super featherweight title in July 2008.[72]

On August 7, 2008, the members of the House of Representatives of the Philippines issued a House Resolution, sponsored by South Cotabato Congresswoman Darlene Antonino-Custodio, which recognized Pacquiao as a "People's Champ" — "for his achievements and in appreciation of the honor and inspiration he has been bringing... to the Filipino people." He received a plaque from the then House Speaker Prospero Nograles.[73]


The Dream Match

Pacquiao vs. De La Hoya

On December 6, 2008, Pacquiao moved up to the welterweight division in order to face the six-division world champion Oscar De La Hoya at the MGM Grand, in a fight called "The Dream Match". Presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank, the bout was scheduled as a twelve-round, non-title fight contested at the 147-pound welterweight limit. Although Pacquiao went into the fight widely recognized as the leading pound-for-pound boxer in the world, some boxing pundits had speculated that 147 pounds could be too far above his natural weight against the larger De La Hoya.[74] However, due to rehydration after the weigh in, De La Hoya came into the fight actually weighing less than Pacquiao and close to 20 pounds under his usual fighting weight. Pacquiao dominated the fight and, after eight rounds, De La Hoya's corner was forced to throw in the towel, awarding Pacquiao the win via technical knockout.[75]

Pacquiao was ahead on all three judges' scorecards before the stoppage, with two judges scoring the fight at 80–71 and one scoring it at 79–72.[76] Moreover, Pacquiao landed 224 out of 585 punches, whilst De La Hoya landed only 83 out of 402 punches.[76] After the bout, trainer Freddie Roach stated, "We knew we had him after the first round. He had no legs, he was hesitant and he was shot."[77] The fight would be De La Hoya's last, as he announced his retirement from boxing shortly after.[78]

Pacquiao received 15 to 30 million dollars (share of the pay-per-view), plus a guaranteed amount.[79] Tickets reportedly sold out just hours after they went on sale. Moreover, the total gate revenue for the fight was said to be nearly 17 million dollars, making it the second largest gate revenue in boxing history.[80]

On December 22, 2008, Pacquiao has been decorated with the Philippine Legion of Honor with the rank of "Officer" (Pinuno) in a ceremony marking the 73rd founding anniversary of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. As an army reservist, he was given recognition for bringing pride and honor to the country through his remarkable achievements in the ring.[81]

Light welterweight

Pacquiao vs. Hatton

Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton with their trainers at the Trafford Centre

On May 2, 2009, Pacquiao fought at light welterweight, or super lightweight, division for the first time against Ricky Hatton at the MGM Grand Las Vegas, in a fight billed as "The Battle of the East and West." Pacquiao won the bout via knockout to claim Hatton's IBO, The Ring and lineal light welterweight titles.[82] In doing so, Pacquiao became the second man in boxing history to become a six-division world champion, a fighter who won world titles in six different weight divisions and the first man ever to win lineal world titles in four different weight classes.[83]

The fight was originally placed in jeopardy due to disputes with both camps over the fight purse money.[84] Eventually, the money issue was settled and the fight went on as scheduled. HBO aired the contest.[85]

Pacquiao started the fight strong, knocking down Hatton twice in the first round.[86] A somewhat shaken Hatton beat the count, only to be saved by the bell seconds later. In the second round, Hatton seemed to have recovered, as he stalked Pacquiao for most of the round. However, with less than ten seconds remaining in the second round, Hatton was knocked out cold by a sharp left hook, prompting the referee to award Pacquiao the win by knockout (at 2:59 of the round).[87]

The knockout won him the The Ring Magazine "Knockout of the Year" for 2009.

Return to welterweight

Pacquiao vs. Cotto

On November 14, 2009, Pacquiao defeated Miguel Cotto via technical knockout in the twelfth round at the MGM Grand Las Vegas in a fight billed as "Firepower." Although the bout was sanctioned as a world title fight in the welterweight division, where the weight limit is 147 pounds, Cotto agreed to fight at a catchweight of 145 pounds.[88]

Pacquiao dominated the fight, knocking Cotto down in round three and round four, before the referee stopped the fight at 0:55 of round twelve.[89] With this victory, Pacquiao took the WBO Welterweight title, was awarded the WBO Super Championship title and became the first seven-division world champion, the first fighter in boxing history to win world titles in seven different weight divisions.[90] Pacquiao also won the first and special WBC Diamond Championship belt.[91] This belt was created as an honorary championship exclusively to award the winner of a historic fight between two high-profile boxers.[92] After the fight, promoter Bob Arum stated "Pacquiao is the greatest boxer I've ever seen, and I've seen them all, including Ali, Hagler and Sugar Ray Leonard."[93] Miguel Cotto said in a post fight interview: "Miguel Cotto comes to boxing to fight the biggest names, and Manny is one of the best boxers we have of all time."

The fight generated 1.25 million buys and $70 million in domestic pay-per-view revenue, making it the most watched boxing event of 2009.[94] Pacquiao earned around $22 million for his part in the fight, whilst Cotto earned around $12 million.[94] Pacquiao–Cotto also generated a live gate of $8,847,550 from an official crowd of 15,930.[94]

On November 20, 2009, in a simple rites at the Quirino Grandstand, President Macapagal-Arroyo conferred Pacquiao the Order of Sikatuna with the rank of Datu (Grand Cross) with Gold distinction (Katangiang Ginto) which usually bestowed to foreign diplomats and heads of state. It was awarded to Pacquiao for winning his historical seventh weight division world title.[95]

Negotiations with Floyd Mayweather

Following the victory against Cotto, there was much public demand for a fight between the seven-division world champion Manny Pacquiao (the number-one pound-for-pound boxer) and the five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (the number-two and former number-one pound-for-pound boxer). Pacquiao reportedly agreed to fight Mayweather on March 13, 2010 for a split of $50 million up front,[96] and it was later agreed that the venue for the fight would be the MGM Grand Las Vegas. However, the bout was put in jeopardy due to disagreements about Olympic-style drug testing. The Mayweather camp wanted random blood testing by the United States Anti-Doping Agency,[97] whereas Pacquiao refused to have any blood testing within 30 days from the fight, because he thought it would weaken him, but he was willing to have blood taken from him before the 30-day window as well as immediately after the fight.[98] Freddie Roach, on the other hand, commented that he would not allow blood to be taken from Pacquiao one week before the fight.[99][100] In an attempt to resolve their differences, the two camps went through a process of mediation before a retired judge. After the mediation process Mayweather agreed to a 14-day no blood testing window. However, Pacquiao refused and instead only agreed to a 24-day no blood testing window.[101] Consequently, on January 7, 2010, Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum declared that the fight was officially off.[102]

Because of Pacquiao's reluctance to submit to random blood testing to the extent requested by Mayweather, despite lack of evidence, the Mayweather camp repeated their suggestion that Pacquiao was using banned substances, which resulted in Pacquiao filing a lawsuit for defamation, seeking damages in excess of 75,000 dollars.[103] The lawsuit cited accusations made by Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Floyd Mayweather Sr., Roger Mayweather, Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer.[103][104]

After negotiations for the Mayweather fight fell through, other boxers were considered to replace Mayweather as Pacquiao's next opponent, including former Light Welterweight Champion Paul Malignaggi,[105] and WBA Light Middleweight title holder Yuri Foreman.[106] However, Pacquiao chose to fight former IBF Welterweight title holder Joshua Clottey instead.

Pacquiao vs. Clottey

On March 13, 2010, at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Pacquiao defeated Clottey via unanimous decision to retain his WBO Welterweight title. The judges scored the fight 120–108, 119–109, and 119–109, all in favor of Pacquiao.[107] During the fight, Pacquiao threw a total of 1231 punches (a career high), but landed just 246, as most were blocked by Clottey's tight defense. On the other hand, Clottey threw a total of 399 punches, landing 108.[108]

The fight was rewarded with a paid crowd of 36,371 and a gate of $6,359,985, according to post-fight tax reports filed with Texas boxing regulators.[109] Counting complimentary tickets delivered to sponsors, media outlets and others, the Dallas fight attracted 41,843,[109] well short of the 50,994 that was previously announced,[110] but still an epic number for boxing. In addition, the bout drew 700,000 pay-per-view buys and earned $35.3 million in domestic revenue.[111]

Manny Pacquiao was named as the Fighter of the Decade for years 2000–2009 by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA). This award was presented by legendary boxer Joe Frazier, who was also a recipient of the award himself back in 1978 for defeating Muhammad Ali. Aside from this prestigious recognition, he was also named as the Sugar Ray Robinson Fighter of the Year for 2009, having received the same honor in 2006 and 2008. The awards ceremony was held at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City on June 4, 2010.[10]

After his victory over Clottey, Pacquiao was expected to return to boxing in late 2010 with a possible matchup against Floyd Mayweather, Jr.. It was later reported that Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer and Top Rank Chief Bob Arum worked out a '"Super Fight" between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, Jr.. However, complications arose when Mayweather requested Pacquiao undergo random blood and urine testing up until the fight day. Pacquiao responded that he would agree to undergo blood and urine testing up until 14 days before the fight (as requested by Mayweather in the first round of negotiations), stating that giving blood too close to the fight day would weaken him. On May 13, 2010, Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum announced that he had penciled in November 13, 2010 as the date of Manny Pacquiao's next fight, possibly against Mayweather. However, the stumbling block over demands that Pacquiao submit to Olympic-level random drug testing put the fight in jeopardy.[112]

On June 12, 2010, the President of Golden Boy Promotions, Oscar De La Hoya, stated during an interview with a Spanish network that the deal for the fight was very close and the negotiation process has been very difficult.[113] On June 30, 2010, Arum announced that the management of both sides had agreed to terms, that all points had been settled (including Pacquiao agreeing to submit to both blood and urine testing) and only the signature of Floyd Mayweather, Jr. was needed to seal the deal that could have earned both fighters at least $40 million each. Mayweather was then given a two-week deadline for the fight contract to be signed.[114] Arum also announced that Pacquiao accepted the terms of the random drug testing, blood and urine, leading up to the fight.[115]

On July 15, 2010, Bob Arum announced that Pacquiao's camp would give Mayweather until Friday midnight to sign the fight. The next day, the Top Rank website embedded a countdown clock on their website with the heading "Money" Time: Mayweather's Decision.[116] On July 17, 2010, Arum announced that there was no word from Mayweather's camp and the deal for a November 13, 2010 fight with Mayweather was not reached.

On July 19, 2010, Leonard Ellerbe, one of Floyd Mayweather, Jr.'s closest advisers, denied that negotiations for a super fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao had ever taken place. Ellerbe stated that Bob Arum was not telling the truth.[117] Bob Arum responded, questioning that if there was no negotiation, then who imposed the gag order (referring to a gag order about the negotiation allegedly imposed on both camps) and who could there be a gag order from if there were no negotiations. He also criticized Oscar De La Hoya and his Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer for denying that negotiations took place, when De La Hoya himself had previously stated that they were "very, very close in finalizing the contracts."[118] Arum revealed that HBO Sports President Ross Greenburg acted as the mediator between Mayweather's handlers and those of Pacquiao's from Top Rank Promotions.[119]

On July 26, 2010, Ross Greenburg said in a statement that he has been negotiating with a representative from each side since May 2, 2010, carefully trying to put the fight together and he did in fact act as a go-between in negotiations with the two sides, but they were unable to come to an agreement, contradicting what Arum and the Pacquiao camp had said.[120][121] Floyd Mayweather, Jr., after the second negotiation had been officially declared off, told the Associated Press that he had fought sixty days ago and that he was not interested in rushing into anything and was not really thinking about boxing at the moment.[122] Almost a year later, on July 8, 2011, Manny Pacquiao's top adviser Michael Koncz confirmed that Pacquiao had in fact never agreed to testing up until fight day, which contradicted what Bob Arum and the Pacquiao camp had been saying for well over a year.

Light middleweight

Pacquiao vs. Margarito

On July 23, 2010, Bob Arum announced that Pacquiao would fight Antonio Margarito on November 13, 2010. The fight for the vacant WBC Light Middleweight title gave Pacquiao the chance to win a world title in his eighth weight class, the light middleweight, or super welterweight, division.[123] A catchweight of 150 pounds was established for the fight, although the weight limit for the light middleweight division is 154 pounds. During the pre-fight, Pacquiao weighed in at a low 144.6 pounds, while Margarito weighed in at the limit of 150 pounds. Pacquiao said he was pleased with his weight because he loses too much speed when he gains pounds. During the fight itself, Pacquiao weighed 148 lbs, 17 pounds lighter than Margarito's 165.[124]

Prior to the fight, Pacquiao's team demanded to the Texas officials to test Margarito for banned substances after a weight loss supplement, reportedly Hydroxycut, was found in his locker. It was stated that the officials would undergo testing for both boxers after the fight.[125] In the fight, Pacquiao defeated Margarito via unanimous decision, using his superior handspeed and movement to win his 8th world title in as many divisions. In the penultimate round, Pacquiao implored referee Laurence Cole several times to stop the fight as Margarito had a swollen face and a large cut beneath the right eye, but the referee let the fight continue.[126] Margarito had to be taken directly to the hospital after the fight, where it was discovered his orbital bone had been fractured; he had to undergo surgery.[127]

On November 22, 2010, after winning world title in his eighth weight division, Pacquiao was awarded with another Congressional Medal of Distinction from his fellow congressmen led by House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte during the ceremony at the Philippine House of Representatives.[128]

Because Pacquiao had no plans to defend the WBC Light Middleweight title that he won against Margarito, the WBC Board of Governors voted to declare the title vacant.[129]

Second return to welterweight

Official Poster: Manny Pacquiao vs Shane Mosley was billed as "The Undaunted" during May 7, 2011 for the WBO Welterweight championship

Pacquiao vs. Mosley

On May 7, 2011, Pacquiao successfully defended his WBO Welterweight title against three-division world champion Shane Mosley via lopsided unanimous decision at the MGM Grand Arena. Rapper LL Cool J performed as Mosley first entered the arena, while vocalist Jimi Jamison of the rock band Survivor sang "Eye of the Tiger" as Pacquiao approached the ring. Pacquiao knocked Mosley down in the third round using a one-two capped with a left straight. Mosley was left dazed by the knockdown but managed to stand up.[130] Mosley floored Pacquiao in the tenth round with a push, but referee Kenny Bayless inexplicably ruled it a knockdown. None of the judges seemed to have bought it judging from the scores. Replays showed that Pacquiao was throwing a punch off balance, had his right foot stepped on by Mosley's left foot and went down with a little help from Mosley's right hand. Bayless apologized to Pacquiao after the fight for the mistake. Pacquiao gained one-sided verdicts from all three judges (119–108, 120–108, and 120–107).[131] Pacquiao reported that the only thing preventing him from knocking out Mosley was a cramp in his legs. Freddie Roach said that Pacquiao had problems with cramping before but usually in training sessions and not in the middle of bouts.[132] After the fight, there was much controversy over Shane Mosley reportedly telling Floyd Mayweather that he should have made Pacquiao "take the test."[133]

Bob Arum talked about having Pacquiao's next bout at the MGM Grand on November 5, 2011 or across town at the Thomas and Mack Center on November 12, 2011. Arum listed Juan Manuel Márquez as the first choice and then mentioned Timothy Bradley and Zab Judah as other options.[134]

Pacquiao vs. Márquez III

Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum stated that a third meeting with Márquez could happen in November 2011, providing Pacquiao defeated his next opponent Shane Mosley on May 7. On May 10, Márquez accepted an offer from Top Rank to fight Pacquiao for his WBO Welterweight title at a catchweight of 144 pounds.[135] On May 18, Márquez signed the deal to fight Pacquiao for the third time on November 12 at Las Vegas.

On November 12, Márquez lost to Pacquiao via majority decision by garnering scores 114–114, 115–113, and 116–112 from scorecards of three judges. Upon the results being announced, the crowd reaction was largely negative with thousands continuing to boo[136] as Pacquiao spoke with Max Kellerman. Tim Smith of New York's Daily News wrote that Márquez "was robbed of a decision by judges who were either blind or corrupt."[137] However, ringside punch stats showed Pacquiao landing more strikes, 176 to 138, and landing more power punches, 117 to 100.[138] Michael Woods of ESPN stated that Márquez was not robbed noting the Compubox stats, all of which favored Pacquiao.[139]

Pacquiao vs. Bradley

On February 5, Bob Arum announced Timothy Bradley as Pacquiao's next opponent on June 9 for his WBO Welterweight title, after another failed negotiation attempt with Floyd Mayweather, Jr. on Cinco De Mayo.[140] During the final press conference, WBO President Francisco "Paco" Valcarcel awarded Pacquiao with WBO Diamond Ring in recognition of Pacquiao as the WBO Best Pound-for-Pound Fighter of the Decade.[141]

Pacquiao lost the bout in a controversial split decision, scoring 115–113, 113–115, and 113–115 from the three judges. The decision was booed by the crowd and criticized by many news outlets who were independently scoring the fight. However, Pacquiao was gracious in defeat and Bradley called for a rematch. Following the decision, many analysts called the decision a sign of corruption in the sport. scored the fight 119–109 for Pacquiao. HBO's unofficial judge, Harold Lederman, also had it 119–109 for Pacquiao. Most ringside media also scored the fight in favor of Pacquiao.[142]

Four days after the fight, Valcarcel said in a statement on June 13, 2012, that, though the WBO did not doubt the ability of the scoring judges, the WBO's Championship Committee would review the video of the fight with five independent, competent and recognized international judges and make a recommendation.[143] On June 21, 2012, the five WBO Championship Committee judges on the review panel announced that Pacquiao should have won, with all five judges scoring the fight in Pacquiao's favor—117–111, 117–111, 118–110, 116–112, and 115–113. The WBO cannot overturn the result of the fight (only the NSAC would be able to do so), but recommended a rematch between the fighters.[144]

Pacquiao vs. Márquez IV

Pacquiao fought Juan Manuel Márquez on December 8, 2012 for the "WBO's Champion of the Decade" belt. With a second left in the sixth round, Pacquaio was knocked out by Márquez, who countered his jab with a ducking right uppercut punch to the jaw, sending Pacquiao to the canvas for a minute, giving him the win.[145]

Pacquiao vs. Rios

After 11 months away from boxing, Pacquiao returned to the ring on November 24, 2013, at The Venetian Macao Hotel & Resort's CotaiArena in Macau of the Special administrative regions in China against The Ring ranked #6 Junior Welterweight: Brandon Ríos, for the vacant WBO International welterweight title. This was Pacquiao's first fight to be held in China. Pacquiao won the match by unanimous decision.[146]

Pacquiao vs. Bradley II

Following his victory over Rios, Pacquiao sought out and ultimately got a re-match with the WBO Welterweight Champion of the world: Timothy Bradley who, following his controversial win over Pacquiao in their first fight in 2012, had defended the title with a victory over Ruslan Provodnikov, followed by a close, but clear split decision verdict over WBO 'Champion of the Decade': Juan Manuel "Dinamita" Márquez. The fight was eventually set for the date of April 12, 2014, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. In a tough fight, Pacquiao came on the stronger of the two fighters throughout the later rounds of the fight to end up gaining a unanimous decision victory from the judges: 118–110, 116–112, 116–112.[147]

Pacquiao vs. Algieri

Pacquiao faced undefeated WBO Light Welterweight Champion Chris Algieri in Macau on November 23, 2014, for Pacquiao's welterweight title. Pacquiao dominated the bout and scored six official knockdowns en route to a lopsided victory via unanimous decision (119–103, 119–103, and 120–102).[148]

Pacquiao vs. Mayweather

Pacquiao fought Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 2, 2015. After years of tumultuous negotiations, the two finally met in the ring, Pacquiao with the intent to be the aggressor and Mayweather with the strategy of diffuse and counter. The fight went the distance and to the official judges scorecards which read (118–110, 116–112, 116–112) in favor of Mayweather.[149]

The result was largely criticized by many of the fans and celebrities who witnessed the fight, expressing their disappointment of what had been billed as the "Fight of the Century"[150] The verdict was that the fight did not live up to its expectations mostly on the performance of Mayweather's defense-oriented strategy, with Pacquiao essentially chasing him around the ring trying to create an action. Most individual opinions about the match were split in two.[151][152] Other reporters and fellow fighters, on closer inspection of the fight, have questioned the compubox stats and judges score cards, especially the wideness of the margins, stating that the rounds should have been scored much closer, or that Pacquiao should have won via a small edge.[153][154][155][156]

Manny Pacquiao said "I thought I won the fight. He's moving around. It's not easy to throw punches when he's moving around so much.… "It's not about size. Size doesn't matter. I fought bigger. I thought I caught him many more times than he caught me."[157]

In the post-fight interview, the Pacquiao camp claimed he fought handicapped with an injured right shoulder. Promoter Bob Arum said he suffered the injury in mid-March, describing it as "the same as the one Kobe Bryant had." Manny said: "This fight doesn't bother me too much, I did my best. I hurt my shoulder, but I didn't complain or say I was injured. This is part of the game. I didn't want to make any excuses."[158]

In the end despite the criticism the Mayweather vs Pacquiao match earned a record 4.4 million pay-per-view buys.[159]

It was revealed in September 2015 that Floyd Mayweather had used IV injections before the fight to rehydrate after the weigh in.[160] USADA did not give an exemption until 19 days after the date of the fight and Mayweather was heavily criticized for taking saline and vitamins.[161] The Nevada State Athletic Commission, which denied Pacquiao a pain killer for his torn rotator cuff before the fight said that it was "extremely disappointed" with both Mayweather and USADA.[160] Pacquiao's camp voiced their displeasure after the revelation. Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum stated that "USADA has a lot of explaining to do. When we learned about this I was outraged. But I can't just bay at the moon. What legal redress do we have? I have the information, our lawyers got it, but what were we supposed to do with it? Ask for the decision to be reversed? I really think people have to look closely at USADA and investigate what's going on with them."[161] Michael Koncz, Pacquiao's adviser stated "I find it ironic. We tried to get an injection that was totally legal before the fight and the commission slams us and then this thing with Mayweather happens."[161]

In a podcast interview conducted by BoxingScene website, Arum blames the USADA for all of the controversy that following that event:

"I really blame an organization that I know that you have no love for, for really causing the problem with that fight - and that is USADA," Arum stated. "Because as a condition for doing that fight, the Mayweather people made us use USADA. And when Manny hurt his shoulder... Manny had for many years a torn rotator cuff. That's not as dangerous as you think. A lot of major league pitchers have pitched with a torn rotator cuff. Manny's [injury] was about 50%, so in training he hurt it, so we immediately sent him to a big orthopedist. He does the Dodgers, the Clippers. And he and his staff, they have a protocol, and everything was checked in with USADA.

"And then the doctor said that they wanted, about three hours before the fight, to shoot something into the injury - in case it goes a little bad you don't feel it and its perfectly permissible. And we went to USADA and they absolutely agreed, and they signed off, and we were told that they were going to inform the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

"So the night of the fight, the doctor is in the dressing room and he's getting ready to shoot Manny's shoulder. The inspector is in there, for the commission, and we find out that the USADA people did not inform the Nevada Athletic Commission that they had approved this shot.

"So Manny went into the fight without taking that shot. USADA said they forgot. And then we find out later, that after the weighin.... the USADA people went back to where Mayweather was, just as they went back to where Pacquiao was, and they were giving Mayweather a shot, which is prohibited under WADA/USADA law, to rehydrate him and he needed no rehydrating. People say that shot is used to hide the use of performance enhancing drugs. They then gave him, three weeks after the fight, a TUE [Therapeutic Use Exemption].

"People say, why would USADA do such a thing? Well, we use an organization called VADA, which is approved by the Nevada Commission and they charge us. They are used for every fight, and they charge us $20,000 for the testing. Do you know what USADA charges? $100,000 to $150,000. And who pays that in boxing? Only Mayweather."[162]


Pacquiao vs. Bradley III

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said Pacquiao's next opponents were to be either Terence Crawford, Lucas Matthysse, or Kell Brook.[163] There was also speculation that Amir Khan would another possible foe.[164]

Boxing fans were surprised when Manny Pacquiao and his camp choose to challenge Timothy Bradley Jr. in a rubber match on April 9, 2016 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the WBO International welterweight title.[165] According to Pacquiao this will be his last fight as a professional.[166][167]

On February 22, Philippine senatorial candidate Walden Bello asked the Commission of Elections (COMELEC) to cancel the Pacquiao's fight against Bradley, because it will give the boxer-politician free publicity, violating the Republic Act 9006 or the Fair Elections Act. The fight will fall in the 90-day national candidates campaign period for the national elections.[168] Arum said in an interview that the fight's cancellation is not yet an option and stated that there is no conflict-of-interest between the fight and Pacquiao's senatorial campaign.[169]

Prior of this bout, Pacquiao and Bradley were regarded as the two most accomplished and best welterweights in the world by TBRB, BoxingScene and ESPN and two top 5 best pound-for-pound fighters. Pacquiao won the match via unanimous decision to capture the vacant WBO International and lineal welterweight titles.[170][171][172] This makes him the only fighter in history to win lineal championships in five different weight classes.[173][174] In addition, Pacquiao becomes only the third fighter in boxing history to take three crowns in the divisions alternatively referred to as the Original, Major, or Glamour Divisions[175] (flyweight, featherweight and welterweight) joining the exclusive club of Bob Fitzsimmons and Henry Armstrong who have won a legitimate world championship in three of the original eight weight divisions.[176][177] After the match, Pacquiao said, "As of now, I am retired", and later shared "I'm going to go home and think about it. I want to be with my family. I want to serve the people."[178]


On June 23, it was reported that Pacquiao would return to boxing ring later this year after a brief retirement. In an interview with BoxingScene website, Top Rank president Bob Arum said: "Well we gotta see. If he will fight this year, then he will fight next year. We are thinking about him fighting in October if he wants to fight. Once I get the opponent that I am working on - we are working on opponents and once I get that, I will fly over to the Philippines and he will see if his schedule in the senate allows him to train for a fight and participate in a fight. I know he wants to continue fighting but the impediment is how labor intensive his work as a Filipino senator is and he is not going to really know that for another week or so. He was just sworn in as a senator yesterday," According to Yahoo! Sports, Arum reserved Mandalay Bay for October 15, just in case Pacquiao decides to continue fighting in the ring. Arum said: "Im not sure Manny is going to return, but I believe he wants to return. The question is, can he return and yet fulfill his duties as a senator in the Philippines? I don't think even he knows that answer yet, because he's just taken office."[179]

According to BoxingScene report, Arum said that Pacquiao has even brought up with the senate leadership the possibility of taking a leave of absence to train for a fight: "He is going to fight. I don't know what the date is. He is working with the president of the Philippines senate for an appropriate date where he can leave the Philippines for two or three weeks to prepare for the fight."[180] There were also reports that a fight between Pacquiao and former four-division world champion Adrien Broner was being negotiated, something embraced by Pacquiao's longtime trainer Freddie Roach. But Arum, for his part, said Broner priced himself out of the fight: "That is correct (that Broner priced himself out). I was dealing with (Broner's adviser) Al Haymon on making that fight. Al tried but Broner was asking for crazy money that nobody can afford so he is out and Manny is looking for another opponent." Arum told in an interview.[181] Other leading candidates for Pacquiao's comeback are WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas, WBC welterweight champion Danny García and the winner of July 23 jr. welterweight title unification bout between WBO jr. welterweight champion Terence Crawford and WBC super lightweight champion Viktor Postol.[182]

On July 13, Pacquiao responded to rumors that he intends to take a leave of absence from the Philippine senate for an upcoming bout - as stated by Top Rank Promotions head, Bob Arum. In his official statement; Pacquiao denied such rumors and assured the public that his current priority is to fulfill his duties as a legislator of the Philippines:

"There is no truth to media reports that I'm planning to take a leave from my senate duties just to fight again atop the ring. I want to make it clear - my priority is my legislative works.

My next fight has not yet been discussed. Should there be any, I'll make sure it will not interfere with my senate duties. When I ran for senator last May 9 elections, I made a promise to be present in all sessions. I owe it to the people.

If ever I decide to fight again, rest assured, it will happen when congress is on recess so there's no need for me to go on leave. The entire training will be done in the Philippines to ensure I can attend sessions even while on training camp. Boxing is my only means of livelihood to support my family and to help those who are in need. Politics, to me, is a vocation not a means to eke out a living.

I want to maintain that belief. I want to keep my dignity intact while in public service.

May God continue to guide and bless all our endeavors."[183]

On July 11, Arum said that Pacquiao will return to the ring sometime in the fall, likely either on October 29 or November 5, in the main event of a pay-per-view card staged in Las Vegas and televised by HBO. Arum said in an interview: "He now has given us the go-ahead to shop for a venue and an opponent and see if we can do it on a particular date or dates. We've been trying to work out a date that doesn't interfere with his senatorial responsibilities and his ability to train." And on July 18, Arum confirmed that Pacquiao is set to fight on November 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.[184]

Senate President Franklin Drilon expressed his support for Pacquiao's reported plan to go back to boxing, confirming for the first time that the newly elected senator had sought his permission to fight again.[185] Pacquiao adviser Michael Koncz said in a report that the southpaw, while committed to politics, is happiest when he is in the ring: "Manny's primary concern and obligation is to fulfill his senatorial duties. But he just misses boxing. He misses the training. He misses being in the gym. You can see when he trains it's like a stress reliever for him. His mood changes. It's like he's in happy land. So I am working with Bob and Manny is working closely with the senate president to make sure the dates are okay. We're doing this properly."[186]

Pacquiao vs. Vargas

Official poster of Pacquiao vs. Vargas billed as "The Legend/The Champ"

On August 3, Pacquiao's business manager confirmed that WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs) will be the next opponent for Pacquiao on November 5, at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.[187][188] Pacquiao made the confirmation after a two-hour meeting with Top Rank Bob Arum and Canadian adviser Michael Koncz held in Manila on August 7, that he agreed to fight Vargas. "Yes, the fight is on. I have agreed to a Nov. 5 fight with reigning WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas. Boxing is my passion. I miss what I'd been doing inside the gym and atop the ring. My entire training camp will be held here in the Philippines so I can attend to my legislative works. This is my campaign promise and I'm determined to keep it," Pacquiao in a statement. He also explained that he has to fight again to earn a living: "Boxing is my main source of income. I can't rely on my salary as public official. I'm helping the family of my wife and my own family, as well. Many people also come to me to ask for help and I just couldn't ignore them."[189][190]

On August 11, it was revealed by Bob Arum that the fight will not be distributed by HBO PPV despite a contract with Pacquiao. HBO reportedly declined to carry the fight because they are already committed to hosting the anticipated November 19 fight between unified light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev and former lineal super middleweight champion Andre Ward and certainly the network couldn't handle two PPVs in one month and would prefer for Pacquiao to fight on October 29, along with the Tyson Fury vs. Wladimir Klitschko heavyweight championship match instead.[191] But Arum said Pacquiao has to fight around his Philippine Senate schedule which effectively makes other fight dates impossible. Arum reiterated that if HBO will not produce or distribute the PPV, it will invalidate Pacquiao's contract with the network and make him a free agent: "In my opinion, they have an obligation to distribute this fight. The fact that they passed means the contract is over, it seems clear to me. They can't pick and choose which fights they are going to distribute. They're either in breach of contract or they've ended the contract. My feeling is, based my legal background, is that the contract is terminated."[192]

HBO, on the other hand, believes that their existing contract with Pacquiao still stands, although they would not publicly comment on the disagreement otherwise. Arum said that HBO has no right to object to the date since he's putting up the money as the promoter while the network bears no risk. He also claims that their contract with the network clearly states that only Pacquiao's opponent has to be mutually agreed upon by both sides, not the date.[193] HBO has televised nearly all of Pacquiao's major fights including 21 pay-per-views since 2003. According to Arum, possible distributor of the fight include cable giants Turner Broadcasting System, ESPN and HBO's rival network Showtime.

In a press conference on September 8 held in Los Angeles California, it was announced by Bob Arum that the fight will be self-distributed by Top Rank PPV. He also revealed that his company will continue to produce and distribute future pay-per-view events without the involvement of HBO.[194] As for the commentating panel, Arum stressed that he plans to put a star-studded announcing team, which will rival the work of HBO's Jim Lampley and Max Kellerman. Arum confided that he is in talks with major boxing analysts, but he declined to name one as he has not worked out any official deals yet. "I think the commentating team is going to blow everybody's socks off," he vowed. According to Arum, Top Rank's initial plans have received a good feedback from its partners and television companies, which gives him a hindsight that they could pull it off. "They're all very, very receptive to getting this kind of programming. But right now, this looks like the most likely scenario," Arum stated.[195]

On September 26, Top Rank unveiled the broadcast team for the Nov. 5 PPV bout featuring sports commentating stars Stephen A. Smith of ESPN, Brian Kenny of MLB Network, Charissa Thompson of Fox Sports and former two-division and five-time world champion Timothy Bradley as the ringside commentating team for the fight. The pay-per-view telecast will also feature WBO jr. featherweight champion Nonito Donaire and WBO featherweight champion Óscar Valdez. This marks the first time Pacquiao and Donaire, the two biggest boxing stars to come out of the Philippines, have ever shared the same card.[196]

In the fight, Pacquiao defeated Vargas in a lopsided unanimous decision to win the WBO welterweight title for the third time. In the second round, Pacquiao caught Vargas with a straight left counter, dropping him to the canvas. Pacquiao won on all three ringside scorecards — 118-109, 118-109 and 114-113.[197]

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
67 fights 59 wins 6 losses
By knockout 38 3
By decision 21 3
Draws 2
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
67 Win 59–6–2 United States Jessie Vargas UD 12 Nov 5, 2016 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won WBO welterweight title;
Retained lineal welterweight title
66 Win 58–6–2 United States Timothy Bradley UD 12 Apr 9, 2016 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won vacant WBO International and lineal welterweight titles
65 Loss 57–6–2 United States Floyd Mayweather Jr. UD 12 May 2, 2015 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Lost WBO welterweight title;
For WBA (Super), WBC, The Ring, and lineal welterweight titles
64 Win 57–5–2 United States Chris Algieri UD 12 Nov 23, 2014 Macau Cotai Arena, Macau, SAR Retained WBO welterweight title
63 Win 56–5–2 United States Timothy Bradley UD 12 Apr 12, 2014 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won WBO welterweight title
62 Win 55–5–2 United States Brandon Ríos UD 12 Nov 24, 2013 Macau Cotai Arena, Macau, SAR Won vacant WBO International welterweight title
61 Loss 54–5–2 Mexico Juan Manuel Márquez KO 6 (12), 2:59 Dec 8, 2012 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
60 Loss 54–4–2 United States Timothy Bradley SD 12 Jun 9, 2012 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Lost WBO welterweight title
59 Win 54–3–2 Mexico Juan Manuel Márquez MD 12 Nov 12, 2011 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBO welterweight title
58 Win 53–3–2 United States Shane Mosley UD 12 May 7, 2011 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBO welterweight title
57 Win 52–3–2 Mexico Antonio Margarito UD 12 Nov 13, 2010 United States Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas, U.S. Won vacant WBC super welterweight title
56 Win 51–3–2 Ghana Joshua Clottey UD 12 Mar 13, 2010 United States Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas, U.S. Retained WBO welterweight title
55 Win 50–3–2 Puerto Rico Miguel Cotto TKO 12 (12), 0:55 Nov 14, 2009 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won WBO welterweight title
54 Win 49–3–2 United Kingdom Ricky Hatton KO 2 (12), 2:59 May 2, 2009 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won IBO, The Ring, and lineal light welterweight titles
53 Win 48–3–2 United States Oscar De La Hoya RTD 8 (12), 3:00 Dec 6, 2008 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
52 Win 47–3–2 United States David Díaz TKO 9 (12), 2:24 Jun 28, 2008 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won WBC lightweight title
51 Win 46–3–2 Mexico Juan Manuel Márquez SD 12 Mar 15, 2008 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won WBC, vacant The Ring and lineal super featherweight titles
50 Win 45–3–2 Mexico Marco Antonio Barrera UD 12 Oct 6, 2007 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBC International super featherweight title
49 Win 44–3–2 Mexico Jorge Solís KO 8 (12), 1:16 Apr 14, 2007 United States Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, U.S. Retained WBC International super featherweight title
48 Win 43–3–2 Mexico Érik Morales KO 3 (12), 2:57 Nov 18, 2006 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise Nevada, U.S. Retained WBC International super featherweight title
47 Win 42–3–2 Mexico Óscar Larios UD 12 Jul 2, 2006 Philippines Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Philippines Retained WBC International super featherweight title
46 Win 41–3–2 Mexico Érik Morales TKO 10 (12), 2:33 Jan 21, 2006 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBC International super featherweight title
45 Win 40–3–2 Mexico Héctor Velázquez TKO 6 (12), 2:59 Sep 10, 2005 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S. Won vacant WBC International super featherweight title
44 Loss 39–3–2 Mexico Érik Morales UD 12 Mar 19, 2005 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. For IBA and vacant WBC International super featherweight titles
43 Win 39–2–2 Thailand Fahsan 3K Battery TKO 4 (12), 1:26 Dec 11, 2004 Philippines MC Home Depot Fort, Taguig, Philippines Retained The Ring and lineal featherweight titles
42 Draw 38–2–2 Mexico Juan Manuel Márquez SD 12 May 8, 2004 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained The Ring and lineal featherweight titles;
For WBA (Super) and IBF featherweight titles
41 Win 38–2–1 Mexico Marco Antonio Barrera TKO 11 (12), 2:56 Nov 15, 2003 United States Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, U.S. Won The Ring and lineal featherweight titles
40 Win 37–2–1 Mexico Emmanuel Lucero KO 3 (12), 0:48 Jul 26, 2003 United States Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S. Retained IBF super bantamweight title
39 Win 36–2–1 Kazakhstan Serikzhan Yeshmagambetov TKO 5 (10), 1:52 Mar 15, 2003 Philippines Rizal Park, Manila, Philippines
38 Win 35–2–1 Thailand Fahprakorb Rakkiatgym KO 1 (12), 2:46 Oct 26, 2002 Philippines Rizal Memorial College Gym, Davao City, Philippines Retained IBF super bantamweight title
37 Win 34–2–1 Colombia Jorge Eliecer Julio TKO 2 (12), 1:09 Jun 8, 2002 United States The Pyramid, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. Retained IBF super bantamweight title
36 Draw 33–2–1 Dominican Republic Agapito Sánchez TD 6 (12), 1:12 Nov 10, 2001 United States Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S. Retained IBF super bantamweight title;
For WBO super bantamweight title;
Split TD after Pacquiao sustained a cut from accidental head clash
35 Win 33–2 South Africa Lehlo Ledwaba TKO 6 (12), 0:59 Jun 23, 2001 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won IBF super bantamweight title
34 Win 32–2 Thailand Wethya Sakmuangklang KO 6 (12), 2:40 Apr 28, 2001 Philippines Kidapawan, Cotabato, Philippines Retained WBC International super bantamweight title
33 Win 31–2 Japan Tetsutora Senrima TKO 5 (12), 1:06 Feb 24, 2001 Philippines Ynares Center, Antipolo, Philippines Retained WBC International super bantamweight title
32 Win 30–2 Australia Nedal Hussein TKO 10 (12), 1:48 Oct 14, 2000 Philippines Ynares Center, Antipolo, Philippines Retained WBC International super bantamweight title
31 Win 29–2 South Korea Seung-Kon Chae TKO 1 (12), 1:42 Jun 28, 2000 Philippines Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Philippines Retained WBC International super bantamweight title
30 Win 28–2 Australia Arnel Barotillo KO 4 (12) Mar 4, 2000 Philippines Ninoy Aquino Stadium, Manila, Philippines Retained WBC International super bantamweight title
29 Win 27–2 Philippines Reynante Jamili KO 2 (12) Dec 18, 1999 Philippines Elorde Sports Complex, Parañaque, Philippines Won vacant WBC International super bantamweight title
28 Loss 26–2 Thailand Medgoen Singsurat TKO 3 (12), 1:32 Sep 17, 1999 Thailand Pakpanag Metropolitan Stadium, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand Lost lineal flyweight title
27 Win 26–1 Mexico Gabriel Mira TKO 4 (12), 2:45 Apr 24, 1999 Philippines Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Philippines Retained WBC and lineal flyweight titles
26 Win 25–1 Australia Todd Makelim TKO 3 (10), 2:52 Feb 20, 1999 Philippines Kidapawan, Philippines
25 Win 24–1 Thailand Chatchai Sasakul KO 8 (12), 2:54 Dec 4, 1998 Thailand Tonsuk College Ground, Phutthamonthon, Thailand Won WBC and lineal flyweight titles
24 Win 23–1 Japan Shin Terao TKO 1 (10), 2:59 May 18, 1998 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
23 Win 22–1 Thailand Panomdej Ohyuthanakorn KO 1 (12), 1:38 Dec 6, 1997 Philippines South Cotabato Stadium, Koronadal, Philippines Retained OPBF flyweight title
22 Win 21–1 Philippines Melvin Magramo UD 10 Sep 13, 1997 Philippines Coliseum, Cebu City, Philippines
21 Win 20–1 Thailand Chokchai Chockvivat KO 5 (12), 2:46 Jun 26, 1997 Philippines Mandaluyong, Philippines Won OPBF flyweight title
20 Win 19–1 Philippines Ariel Austria TKO 6 (10) May 30, 1997 Philippines Almendras Gym, Davao City, Philippines
19 Win 18–1 South Korea Wook-Ki Lee KO 1 (10), 1:04 Apr 24, 1997 Philippines Ritsy's, Makati, Philippines
18 Win 17–1 Philippines Mike Luna KO 1 (10), 1:56 Mar 3, 1997 Philippines Muntinlupa, Philippines
17 Win 16–1 South Korea Sung-Yul Lee TKO 2 (10), 1:51 Dec 28, 1996 Philippines Muntinlupa, Philippines
16 Win 15–1 Indonesia Ippo Gala TKO 2 (10) Jul 27, 1996 Philippines Mandaluyong, Philippines
15 Win 14–1 Philippines Bert Batiller TKO 4 (10) Jun 15, 1996 Philippines General Santos, Philippines
14 Win 13–1 Philippines John Medina TKO 4 (10) May 5, 1996 Philippines Malabon, Philippines
13 Win 12–1 Philippines Marlon Carillo UD 10 Apr 27, 1996 Philippines Malate Midtown Ramada Hotel, Manila, Philippines
12 Loss 11–1 Philippines Rustico Torrecampo KO 3 (10), 0:29 Feb 9, 1996 Philippines Mandaluyong, Philippines
11 Win 11–0 Philippines Lito Torrejos TD 5 (10) Jan 13, 1996 Philippines Parañaque, Philippines TD after cuts occurred from an accidental head clash
10 Win 10–0 Philippines Rolando Toyogon UD 10 Dec 9, 1995 Philippines Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines
9 Win 9–0 Philippines Rudolfo Fernandez TKO 3 (10) Nov 11, 1995 Philippines Mandaluyong, Philippines
8 Win 8–0 Philippines Renato Mendones TKO 2 (8) Oct 21, 1995 Philippines Puerto Princesa, Philippines
7 Win 7–0 Philippines Lolito Laroa UD 8 Oct 7, 1995 Philippines Makati, Philippines
6 Win 6–0 Philippines Armando Rocil KO 3 (8) Sep 16, 1995 Philippines Mandaluyong, Philippines
5 Win 5–0 Philippines Acasio Simbajon UD 6 Aug 3, 1995 Philippines Mandaluyong Sports Complex, Mandaluyong, Philippines
4 Win 4–0 Philippines Dele Decierto TKO 2 (6), 2:41 Jul 1, 1995 Philippines Mandaluyong, Philippines
3 Win 3–0 Philippines Rocky Palma UD 6 May 1, 1995 Philippines Montano Hall, Cavite City, Philippines
2 Win 2–0 Philippines Pinoy Montejo UD 4 Mar 18, 1995 Philippines Sablayan, Philippines
1 Win 1–0 Philippines Edmund Enting Ignacio UD 4 Jan 22, 1995 Philippines Sablayan, Philippines Professional debut

Titles in boxing

Regional titles
Preceded by
Chokchai Chockvivat
OPBF flyweight champion
June 26, 1997 – December 4, 1998
Title next held by
Melvin Magramo
Title last held by
Ahmad Fandi
WBC International super bantamweight champion
December 18, 1999 – June 23, 2001
Title next held by
Napapol Sor Rungvisai
Title last held by
Érik Morales
WBC International super featherweight champion
September 10, 2005 – March 15, 2008
Won world title
Title next held by
Yuriorkis Gamboa
New title WBO International welterweight champion
November 24, 2013 – April 12, 2014
Won world title
Title next held by
Juan Manuel Márquez
Title last held by
Brandon Ríos
WBO International welterweight champion
April 9, 2016November 5, 2016
Won world title
Minor world titles
Preceded by
Ricky Hatton
IBO light welterweight champion
May 2, 2009 – January 15, 2010
Title next held by
Kaizer Mabuza
Major world titles
Preceded by
Chatchai Sasakul
WBC flyweight champion
December 4, 1998 – September 17, 1999
Title next held by
Medgoen Singsurat
Lineal flyweight champion
December 4, 1998 – September 17, 1999
Succeeded by
Medgoen Singsurat
Preceded by
Lehlohonolo Ledwaba
IBF super bantamweight champion
June 23, 2001 – July 26, 2003
Title next held by
Israel Vázquez
Preceded by
Marco Antonio Barrera
The Ring featherweight champion
November 15, 2003 – March 19, 2005
Title next held by
Mikey García
Lineal featherweight champion
November 15, 2003 – March 19, 2005
Preceded by
Juan Manuel Márquez
WBC super featherweight champion
March 15, 2008 – July 16, 2008
Title next held by
Humberto Soto
Title last held by
Brian Mitchell
The Ring super featherweight champion
March 15, 2008 – July 16, 2008
Title last held by
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Lineal super featherweight Champion
March 15, 2008 – July 16, 2008
Preceded by
David Díaz
WBC lightweight champion
June 28, 2008 – February 24, 2009
Title next held by
Edwin Valero
Preceded by
Ricky Hatton
The Ring light welterweight champion
May 2, 2009 – July 26, 2010
Title next held by
Danny García
Lineal light welterweight champion
May 2, 2009 – July 26, 2010
Preceded by
Miguel Cotto
WBO welterweight champion
November 14, 2009June 9, 2012
Succeeded by
Timothy Bradley
Title last held by
Sergio Martínez
WBC super welterweight champion
November 13, 2010 – February 8, 2011
Title next held by
Canelo Álvarez
Preceded by
Timothy Bradley
WBO welterweight champion
April 12, 2014May 2, 2015
Succeeded by
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Title last held by
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Lineal welterweight champion
April 9, 2016 – present
Preceded by
Jessie Vargas
WBO welterweight champion
November 5, 2016 – present
Honorary titles
Non-transferable title WBO Super champion
November 2009 – May 2015
Non-transferable title

Major world titles:

Minor world titles:

The Ring magazine titles:

Lineal titles:

Regional titles:

Honorary boxing titles:

Pay-per-view bouts

Date Fight Billing Buys Network Revenue
March 19, 2005 Morales vs. Pacquiao Coming With Everything 350,000 HBO $15,700,000
January 21, 2006 Morales vs. Pacquiao II Their First Battle Was An Epic 360,000 HBO $16,200,000
July 2, 2006 Pacquiao vs. Larios Mano-A-Mano 120,000 Top Rank $4,794,000
October 6, 2006 Pacquiao vs. Morales III The Grand Finale 350,000 HBO $17,500,000[206]
April 14, 2007 Pacquiao vs. Solis Blaze of Glory 150,000 Top Rank $5,992,000
October 6, 2007 Pacquiao vs. Barrera II Will to Win 350,000 HBO $17,532,000
March 15, 2008 Pacquiao vs. Márquez II Unfinished Business 400,000[207] HBO $20,533,000
June 28, 2008 Pacquiao vs. Diaz Lethal Combination 206,000 HBO $9,260,000
December 6, 2008 De La Hoya vs. Pacquiao The Dream Match 1,250,000[208] HBO $70,000,000
May 2, 2009 Pacquiao vs. Hatton The Battle of East and West 850,000 HBO $50,000,000[209]
November 14, 2009 Pacquiao vs. Cotto Firepower 1,250,000[210] HBO $70,000,000
March 13, 2010 Pacquiao vs. Clottey The Event 700,000 HBO $35,300,000[211]
November 13, 2010 Pacquiao vs. Margarito The Eighth Wonder of the World 1,150,000[212] HBO $64,000,000
May 17, 2011 Pacquiao vs. Mosley The Undaunted 1,340,000[213] Showtime $75,000,000
November 8, 2011 Pacquiao vs. Márquez III The 25th Round Begins 1,400,000[214] HBO $71,000,000
June 9, 2012 Pacquiao vs. Bradley Perfect Storm 890,000 HBO $50,600,000
December 8, 2012 Pacquiao vs. Márquez IV Fight of the Decade 1,150,000[215] HBO $70,000,000
November 24, 2013 Pacquiao vs. Ríos The Clash in Cotai 475,000[216] HBO $30,000,000
April 12, 2014 Pacquiao vs. Bradley II Vindication 800,000[217] HBO $49,000,000
November 23, 2014 Pacquiao vs. Algieri Hungry for Glory 400,000[218] HBO $24,000,000[219]
May 2, 2015 Mayweather vs. Pacquiao Fight of the Century 4,600,000[220] Showtime & HBO $400,000,000
April 9, 2016 Pacquiao vs. Bradley III PacBrad III 400,000[221] HBO $24,000,000
November 5, 2016 Pacquiao vs. Vargas The Legend/The Champ 300,000[222] Top Rank $18,000,000[223]

Totals (approximate): 19.2 million buys and $1.2 billion in revenue.[15]


Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao playing for the Mahindra Enforcer
No. 17 Mahindra Floodbuster
Position Head coach / Point guard
League PBA
Personal information
Born (1978-12-17) December 17, 1978
Kibawe, Bukidnon, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Listed height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Listed weight 155 lb (70 kg)
Career information
College Notre Dame of Dadiangas University
PBA draft 2014 Round: 1 / Pick: 11th overall
Selected by the Kia Sorento
Playing career 2014–present
Position Point guard
Coaching career 2014–present
Career history
As player:
2014–present Kia Sorento / Kia Carnival / Mahindra Enforcer / Mahindra Floodbuster
As coach:
2014–present Kia Sorento / Kia Carnival / Mahindra Enforcer / Mahindra Floodbuster
Career highlights and awards

Professional career

Pacquiao warming up before a game

Pacquiao became an honorary member of the Boston Celtics. The honorary membership was bestowed on him in a brief ceremony and he was presented with a replica of a green and white Celtics jersey bearing his name and number 1.[224] As a measure of gratitude, on March 10, 2010, Pacquiao delivered each Celtic player a red autographed boxing glove, which was in their locker before their game with the Memphis Grizzlies.[225]

On April 17, 2014, Pacquiao announced his intentions 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[226][227][228] Though he can be the head coach of the incoming team, the league's commissioner, Atty. Chito Salud, clarified that all incoming players should join the PBA draft.[229] Pacquiao plays basketball as cross-training to keep himself in shape. He previously played in the semi-professional basketball league, Liga Pilipinas, for the MP-Gensan Warriors, a team that he also owns. He made his debut in the Smart-Liga Pilipinas Conference II in January 16, 2009.[230]

After the decision, he was criticized by others specifically online by netizens, saying that Pacquiao could not handle boxing together with basketball. Pacquiao said that even before he started boxing, he was also criticized that he can not be a world champion, but Pacquiao proved them wrong, it served as a challenge for him and he dared his critics to wait until they see him step onto the court. 'It will serve as a challenge for me, they do not know what they are saying, before I have also experienced this before I started boxing, but I proved them wrong.', Pacquiao said.[231] On July 9, 2014, he submitted his application for the upcoming rookie draft to the commissioner's office. His camp also hopes that the board of governors "respect" his request to be not drafted until Kia's turn.[232][233]

He got picked 11th overall in the first round of the 2014 PBA draft by the Kia basketball team, being the oldest rookie to be drafted in the Philippine Basketball Association.[234]

Pacquiao also owns a team in the PBA Developmental League (PBA D-League), the MP Hotel Warriors, which debuted in the league's 2014–15 season. He was briefly a co-owner of the Pacquiao Powervit Pilipinas Aguilas (now known as Pilipinas MX3 Kings), an Asean Basketball League team.

In 2016, Pacquiao was supposedly lined-up for the Senate Defenders basketball team in the UNTV Cup Season 5, but decided that he will not play in the tournament due to his existing contract as a player and coach of Mahindra Enforcer in the PBA.[235]

PBA career statistics

  GP Games played  MPG  Minutes per game  FG%  Field-goal percentage
 3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage  RPG  Rebounds per game
 APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game  BPG  Blocks per game
 PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Correct as of September 2, 2016[236]

Season-by-season averages

2014–15 Kia 4 6.5 .000 .000 .500 .5 .3 .0 .0 .3
2015–16 Mahindra 5 5.2 .200 .250 .500 .4 .2 .0 .0 1.2
Career 9 5.8 .125 .125 .500 .4 .2 .0 .0 .8

Political career

Manny Pacquiao in Silliman University in Dumaguete, Philippines

2007 election

On February 12, 2007, Pacquiao officially announced that he would be running for a seat in the Philippine House of Representatives in the May 2007 legislative election, aiming to represent the 1st District of South Cotabato province. He would run as the candidate of the Liberal Party faction under Manila mayor Lito Atienza that had affiliated with the government of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.[237] Pacquiao, who has himself been known to be supportive of the Arroyo government, said that he was persuaded to run by local officials of General Santos City, who hoped he would act as a bridge between their interests and the national government.[237] But after the Philippine Supreme Court declared null and void all nominations of the Liberal Party faction under Atienza, Pacquiao ran under the Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino (KAMPI), a pro-Arroyo political party. Pacquiao was defeated in the election by incumbent Rep. Darlene Antonino-Custodio of the Nationalist People's Coalition, who said, "More than anything, I think, people weren't prepared to lose him as their boxing icon."[238]

2007 Philippine House of Representatives election at South Cotabato's 1st district
Party Candidate Votes %
NPC Darlene Antonino-Custodio 139,061 64.49
Liberal Manny Pacquiao 75,908 35.51
Valid ballots 214,969 100.00
NPC hold

2010 election

On November 21, 2009, Pacquiao confirmed that he would run again for the congressional seat, but this time in Sarangani province, the hometown of his wife Jinkee.[239] He originally planned to run for congress under his own party, the People's Champ Movement, but has since joined the Nacionalista Party headed by Manny Villar. Villar said arrangements were made to accommodate Pacquiao's People's Champ Movement in a coalition with the Nacionalista Party for the May 2010 elections in Sarangani.[240]

On May 13, 2010, Pacquiao was officially proclaimed congressman of the lone district 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.[241]

2010 Philippine House of Representatives election at Sarangani
Party Candidate Votes %
PCM Manny Pacquiao 120,052 66.35
SARRO Roy Chiongbian 60,899 33.65
Valid ballots 180,591 97.57
Invalid or blank votes 4,499 2.43
Total votes 180,951 100.00
PCM gain from SARRO

On June 28, 2010, Pacquiao took his oath of office as congressman before Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio in the Provincial Capitol of Sarangani in Municipality of Alabel. He announced that he will transfer to President-elect Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III's Liberal Party from Nacionalista Party as he wants to ensure the entry of more projects to his province.[242]

2013 election

Pacquiao later moved to the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) led by Vice-President Jejomar Binay. He took his oath on April 16, 2012 in front of PDP-LABAN President and Senator Aquilino Pimentel III and Secretary-General Joey de Venecia in preparation for the upcoming 2013 elections.[243] In congressional elections in 2013 he ran unopposed for his second term as congressman. 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 City.

2013 Philippine House of Representatives election at Sarangani
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UNA Manny Pacquiao 144,926
Margin of victory
Rejected ballots 47,085
Turnout 192,011 100
UNA hold Swing

2016 election

During the Sarangani's 1st district state of the district address on October 5, 2015, Pacquiao formally declared he is running for Senator under the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) party of Vice President Jejomar Binay.[244] On May 19, Pacquiao was formally proclaimed as one of the winners of Philippine Senate seats by the Commission on Elections. At the proclamation ceremony, an elections commissioner introduced Pacquiao as the people's champion and called out his name in the same slow style that he is introduced in his world-famous bouts, drawing cheers from the audience. Pacquiao garnered more than 16 million votes, landing 7th among 12 new members of the Senate.[245]

May 9, 2016 Philippine Senate election results
Rank Candidate Party Votes % Date proclaimed Term of office
1st Franklin Drilon Liberal 18,607,391 41.52% May 19, 2016 June 30, 2016 - June 30, 2022
2nd Joel Villanueva Liberal 18,459,222 41.39% May 19, 2016 June 30, 2016 - June 30, 2022
3rd Tito Sotto NPC 17,200,371 38.51% May 19, 2016 June 30, 2016 - June 30, 2022
4th Ping Lacson Independent 16,926,152 37.82% May 19, 2016 June 30, 2016 - June 30, 2022
5th Dick Gordon Independent 16,719,322 37.28% May 19, 2016 June 30, 2016 - June 30, 2022
6th Migz Zubiri Independent 16,119,165 35.87% May 19, 2016 June 30, 2016 - June 30, 2022
7th Manny Pacquiao UNA 16,050,546 35.67% May 19, 2016 June 30, 2016 - June 30, 2022
8th Kiko Pangilinan Liberal 15,955,949 35.56% May 19, 2016 June 30, 2016 - June 30, 2022
9th Risa Hontiveros Akbayan 15,915,213 35.53% May 19, 2016 June 30, 2016 - June 30, 2022
10th Win Gatchalian NPC 14,953,768 33.58% May 19, 2016 June 30, 2016 - June 30, 2022
11th Ralph Recto Liberal 14,271,868 31.79% May 19, 2016 June 30, 2016 - June 30, 2022
12th Leila de Lima Liberal 14,144,070 31.55% May 19, 2016 June 30, 2016 - June 30, 2022

U.S. political endorsements

He also has endorsed politicians outside the Philippines, in particular his secondary home country in the United States, as he endorsed Nevada Senator Harry Reid and California Governor Jerry Brown in November 2010.[246] Pacquiao also endorsed Republican Duke Aiona for Hawaii governor in 2014.[247]

Acting career

Pacquiao started his acting career as an extra in some local films and guest appearances on ABS-CBN shows.

In December 2005 Pacquiao took his first lead role in Violett Films' Lisensyadong Kamao (Licensed Fist).[248] The movie is titled so because (according to director Tony Bernal), being a boxer, Pacquiao is licensed to use his hands.

In 2008, Pacquiao starred with Ara Mina and Valerie Concepcion in Anak ng Kumander (Son of Commander). The movie was not a commercial success and was panned by critics.

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.[249] Like his previous films, Wapakman was not commercially successful.[250]

Upon the expiration of his contract with ABS-CBN, Pacquiao signed with GMA Network as an actor in September 2007. On December 17, 2007, he taped his first episode of the networks infotainment show Pinoy Records.[251] His other projects with the network included Totoy Bato and the sitcom Show Me Da Manny in which his mother, Dionisia, also appeared.

In 2012, American actor Sylvester Stallone was reportedly in talks with Pacquiao over co-starring in one of Stallone's future films, which is in the planning stages. The project did not push through as no further updates were given after the initial report.[252]

In 2011, Pacquiao appeared on Tosh.0 in which he was paired in a fight with Daniel Tosh. It resulted in Pacquiao winning in one punch.

On May 18, 2012, it was reported that Pacquiao will shoot his first Hollywood film after his June 9 fight with Tim Bradley. He will play a gangster in this movie that will also feature other fighters and martial artists such as Hector Echavarria, Lyoto Machida, Anderson Silva and Frank Mir. Filipino-American Rob Schneider also confirmed the report in an interview that he'll be working with Pacquiao in a movie. The working title is Brass Knuckles and will be directed by Erick Geisler.[253][254]



Year Title Role Network
2014–2015 MP Featuring Sport Science Host GMA Network
2013 Para Sa 'Yo Ang Laban Na Ito Host
2011–2012 Manny Many Prizes Host
2011 Tosh.0 Guest Comedy Central
2009–2011 Show Me Da Manny Manny Santos GMA Network
2009 Cubed Guest FOX Sports
Totoy Bato Emmanuel GMA Network
2007–2010 Pinoy Records Host
2005 Pinoy Big Brother Houseguest ABS-CBN
Ok Fine Whatever Guest
Kamao: Matira Ang Matibay Host


Year Title Role Notes
2015 Manny Himself Movie-Documentary film
2009 Wapakman Magno Meneses/Wapakman 35th Metro Manila Film Festival entry
2008 Pangarap Kong Jackpot Abel Segment "Sa Ngalan ng Busabos"
Brown Soup Thing Cousin Manny
Anak ng Kumander Kumander Idel Writer/Producer
2005 Lisensyadong Kamao Ambrocio "Bruce" Lerio
2001 Basagan ng Mukha Dodong
Mahal Kita... Kahit Sino Ka Pa! Dong
2000 Di Ko Kayang Tanggapin Dong

Documentary film

Year Title Role Notes
2016 Countdown: Pacquiao-Vargas Himself TV documentary – Top Rank
2016 Countdown: Pacquiao-Bradley Himself TV documentary – HBO
2015 Pacman: Laban Kung Laban Himself TV documentary – ABS-CBN
2015 At Last: Mayweather vs. Pacquiao Himself TV documentary – HBO
2015 Inside Mayweather vs. Pacquiao Himself TV documentary – Showtime
2014 24/7: Pacquiao/Algieri Himself TV documentary – HBO
2014 24/7: Pacquiao/Bradley 2 Himself TV documentary – HBO
2013 24/7: Pacquiao/Rios Himself TV documentary – HBO
2012 24/7: Pacquiao/Marquez 4 Himself TV documentary – HBO
2012 24/7: Pacquiao/Bradley Himself TV documentary – HBO
2012 The Fighters Himself TV documentary – CNN
2012 I Am Bruce Lee Himself TV documentary – History
2011 24/7: Pacquiao/Marquez Himself TV documentary – HBO
2011 Fight Camp 360°: Pacquiao vs. Mosley Himself TV documentary – Showtime
2010 24/7: Pacquiao/Margarito Himself TV documentary – HBO
2010 Road to Dallas: Pacquiao vs. Clottey Himself TV documentary – HBO
2010 Manny Pacquiao Himself TV documentary – BIO Channel
2009 Team Pacquiao Himself TV documentary special – GMA Network
2009 24/7: Pacquiao/Hatton Himself TV documentary – HBO
2008 24/7: De La Hoya/Pacquiao Himself TV documentary – HBO
2008 Countdown to Pacquiao-Marquez 2 Himself TV documentary – HBO
2007 Countdown to Pacquiao-Barrera 2 Himself TV documentary – HBO
2006 Countdown to Pacquiao-Morales 3 Himself TV documentary – HBO
2004 The People's Champion Himself Video documentary – VIVA Films
2004 No Fear: The Manny Pacquiao Story Himself Video documentary – VIVA Films
1999 i-Witness: Kamao(Fist) episode Himself TV documentary – GMA Network


Manny Pacquiao

Pacquiao in 2007
Background information
Origin General Santos City
Occupation(s) Boxer, actor, singer, politician, businessman
Years active 2006–2015
Labels Star Records
MCA Records
GMA Records
Associated acts Lito Camo
Francis Magalona

Pacquiao has also turned to singing as part of his entertainment career. Most of the Tagalog songs of Pacquiao were composed by Lito Camo. The following are the songs from Manny Pacquiao's albums:

Main articles: Pacquiao: The Movie and Kid Kulafu
A stamp sheet issued by the Philippine Postal Corporation in April 2015

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.[257] 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 was 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.[258]

A documentary entitled "Manny" which featured Pacquiao's early life as well as his boxing and political career was released with Liam Neeson as the narrator.[259]

Pacquiao is featured in the boxing video games Fight Night Round 2, Fight Night Round 3, Fight Night Round 4 and Fight Night Champion. EA Sports released a limited edition demo of Fight Night Round 4, featuring Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton prior to their May 2 fight.[260]

Pacquiao became the first Filipino athlete to appear on a postage stamp.[261]

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.[262]

Various business sectors have solicited Manny Pacquiao's help in endorsing their products through commercial advertisements in print and in broadcast media. These include detergents, medicines, foods, beverage, garments, telecommunications and even a political ad for politicians during the 2007 and 2010 Philippine elections. He appeared in commercials for Nike's "Fast Forward" campaign (with Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant, Maria Sharapova, Roger Federer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Liu Xiang). Pacquiao also appeared in a commercial for San Miguel Beer with Jet Li and Érik Morales.

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.[263] Pacquiao was also included by Forbes in its annual Celebrity 100 list for the year 2009, joining Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie and fellow athletes Tiger Woods and Bryant.[264]

Forbes also listed Pacquiao as the World's 6th Highest Paid Athlete, with a total of $40 million or ₱2 billion pesos (₱2,000,000,000.00) 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.[265] 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 8th with an income of $42 million.[266] 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.[267] 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.[268]

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."[267][269] He 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 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 before Pacquiao's epic match against De La Hoya on November 2008.

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" to name a few.[270]

Video game appearances

Year Video Game Role Other Notes
2005 Fight Night Round 2 Himself Playable fighter
2006 Fight Night Round 3
2009 Fight Night Round 4
2011 Fight Night Champion
Pound for Pound Main character - Mobile game
2015 PBA Philippine Slam! Playable player - Mobile game

Similar resemblance

On October 15, 2016, a farmer and rubber tapper in neighboring Nabawan, Sabah, Malaysia shocked many residents in the state as his face was found to be resembling Pacquiao during a pepper planting course held in the district, triggering rumors that Pacquiao had quit boxing for good in favor of pepper planting.[271] The farmer was later identified as Aloysius Taidin, an indigenous people hails from Kampung Kebatang Baru in Keningau and was a fan of kickboxing.[272][273] The farmer said he finds it amusing when a stranger and villagers keep calling him Pacquiao since 6 years ago, adding that after he knew about the Filipino boxer:

People say that in this world there are seven people who would look alike, and I happen to be one of them. I smile every time I see Pacquiao's picture and wish to meet him face-to-face one day if get any chance.[273][274]

Aloysius is one of many people who were found to have Pacquiao’s resemblance as former Muay Thai Champion Knockout CP Freshmart (Thammanoon Niyomtrong), fellow countrymen boxer Mario Sismundo and a Mexican revolutionary also has Pacquiao's resemblance which triggering some rumors on the boxer different career.[275][276]


Tax evasion case

On November 26, 2013, a few days after Pacquiao's victory over Brandon Rios, the Philippine Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) issued a freeze order on all of Pacquiao's Philippine bank accounts due to his having allegedly failed 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, as well as a letter from Bob Arum.[277]


Jinkee Pacquiao admitted that she had seriously dealt with her husband Manny Pacquiao's womanizing, which she said was a result of his fame and the influence of those who surround him such as female Filipino celebrities, but all now are settled.[278]

Remarks on LGBTs and same-sex marriage

In May 2012, Pacquiao was mistakenly quoted on making a public remark regarding gays, it was first reported that Manny made a remark regarding a Bible verse saying "gay men should be put to death."[279] However Pacquiao later said that he did not say those exact words.[280] It was confirmed by Granville Ampong, the writer who wrote the article containing the said Bible verse, that it was him and not Pacquiao who quoted the verse in his article.[281] Pacquiao is openly supportive of LGBT activism but strongly against same-sex civil marriage quoted as saying "God only expects man and women to be together and to be legally married."[282]

If we approve male on male, female on female (marriage), then man is worse than animal.
Part of Manny Pacquiao's stand on same-sex marriage in a video statement by TV5 posted on February 15, 2016.[283]

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 civil marriages as behaving worse than animals because animals generally do not have same-sex mating.[284] LGBT celebrities including comedian Vice Ganda, singer Aiza Seguerra, TV host Boy Abunda and the party-list Ladlad 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 is against Biblical teachings, he did not condemn gay people themselves,[285] saying that he loves them all and is praying for them.[286] Nike ended their longtime partnership with Pacquiao stating his comments against gay people were abhorrent.[287] The Grove at Farmers Market in Los Angeles also banned Pacquiao from the shopping mall.[288]

However, an uncut version of Pacquiao's interview revealed something that may possibly change the view of people about the issue. 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.[289]

After being dropped by Nike, Pacquiao uploaded a photograph of himself and his wife onto Instagram, alongside Biblical verses relating to homosexuality, including Leviticus 20:13 which prescribes death as a punishment for male homosexual acts. He deleted the post two hours later.[290]

Steroid allegations

Pacquiao has been under the suspicion of alleged illegal steroid/PED usage in the sport of boxing. He turned down a random blood and urine drug test in 2010 for a boxing match.[291] During this time Pacquiao had been storming through multiple weight classes with ease while maintaining both speed and power. After allegations by a proposed opponent for a boxing match that ended in a lawsuit against said boxer, the lawsuit was settled out of court.[292] Since the allegations Pacquiao has yet to score a knockout inside the ring, with a noticeable drop in muscle mass, size, and power in his punches.[293] Pacquiao's very own trainer Freddie Roach has had suspicion of Pacquiao's former strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza. Roach stated that Ariza had been giving Pacquiao "special drinks" without his permission. Roach also stated "One of the reasons I don't work with him [Ariza] anymore is he's a little shady. He used to give Manny a drink before workouts, and I asked him what was in the drink and he would never tell me. I told him I need to know what was in the drinks because you're giving it to my fighter."[294] Well respected boxing aficionado Teddy Atlas has been of the belief that Pacquiao has been on steroids in the past based on what he [Atlas] sees with his eyes. saying the power is the last thing to go in a fighter, and Manny doesn't have his anymore. Atlas also mentioned on ESPN according to some sources he was told on[295] during negotiations between a fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao on the topic of the drug test refusal that the Pacquiao camp sent emails to the Mayweather camp asking "What would the penalty be if our guy tested positive?" the second email said "If he did test positive could we keep this a secret for the benefit of boxing?"[296][297][298] Other boxers such as Paulie Malignaggi and Bernard Hopkins have also been outspoken on this topic.[299][300] However, there is no definitive proof on this subject, only speculation.

Mayweather vs Pacquiao Lawsuit

It was revealed following the event that Pacquiao had sustained an undisclosed injury to his right shoulder while training, and that while it had healed in time for the fight, he re-injured it during the 4th round. As of 2015, currently Pacquiao is facing a lawsuit of 5 million dollars by two fans for failing to disclose the shoulder injury in the lead up to his bout with Floyd Mayweather, Jr.[301] Pacquiao failed to disclose the injury to the Nevada State Athletic Commission in the pre-fight injury evaluation.[302][303] The commission did a standard injury report with Pacquiao lying to the commission by filling out the form saying that he had no injuries heading into the bout. Pacquiao's excuse was he had sustained the injury weeks out from the fight after the loss to Mayweather. However, after facing lawsuits due to Pacquiao's statement, Pacquiao has now back tracked and said that he sustained the injury during the fight in which it flared up in the 3rd round.[304] The Nevada State Athletic Commission stated and the post fight press conference that they had only just found out about Pacquiao's injury that evening at the post fight press conference. Speculation arose that the injury was an excuse for the loss to Mayweather because Pacquiao did not mention an injury in the post fight interview with Max Kellerman. Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum stated that Pacquiao suffered the injury back in 2008 causing even more confusion as Pacquiao just stated that he suffered the injury during the fight now that he is facing lawsuits.[305]

Post Mayweather fight injury

In August 2015, after months of proclaiming a serious injury (severely torn rotator cuff) that would require surgery, Pacquiao stated on the Philippine Star, during his interviews, that he was 100% healed, saying, "No problem, I'm fine. It's God's work. I never saw a doctor. I never did rehab. All I did was to swim in the sea as often as I could. The salt water healed my wound," causing boxing fans to question the legitimacy of the injury.[306] The recovery process was quoted as miraculous.[307] Occasionally Freddie Roach explained that Pacquiao is just joking around probably having a sense of humor while being interviewed and he's actually seeing a doctor and going through rehab on daily basis.[308]

Awards and recognitions



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