As you read this article, you might say that you already know everything about the "Pambansang Kamao" Manny Pacquiao. Well think again, Manny Pacquiao really has a lot more to offer than throwing his fist around and knocking out everyone who stand on his way. Who is Manny Pacquiao then?
Emmanuel 'Manny' Dapidran Pacquiao, born December 17, 1978 is a Filipino professional boxer and politician. He is the first eight-division world champion; having won six world titles, as well as the first to win the lineal championship in four different weight classes. He was named "Fighter of the Decade" for the 2000s by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA). He is also a three-time The Ring and BWAA "Fighter of the Year", winning the award in 2006, 2008, and 2009.
Currently, Pacquiao is the WBO Welterweight World Champion (Super Champion). He is also currently rated as the "number one" pound-for-pound best boxer in the world by most sporting news and boxing websites, including The Ring, BoxRec.com, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, NBC Sports, Yahoo! Sports, Sporting Life and About.com.
Aside from boxing, Pacquiao has participated in 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.
On November 12, the world will again witness the skills and talent of this 33 year old champ. I hope you already prepared the best seat in the house to enjoy the fight.
Manny Pacquiao is the son of Rosalio Pacquiao and Dionesia Dapidran-Pacquiao, popularly known here in the Philippines as Mommy D. His parents separated when he was in sixth grade, after his mother discovered that his father was living with another woman. 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 Pacquiao. “Bobby” also pursued the sport but that’s another story.
Pacquiao is married to Maria Geraldine "Jinkee" Jamora, and they have four children: Emmanuel Jr. "Jimuel", Michael, Princess, and Queen Elizabeth "Queenie". He resides in his hometown General Santos City, South Cotabato, Philippines. However, as a congressman of lone district of Sarangani, he is officially residing in Kiamba, Sarangani, his wife’s hometown.
Pacquiao completed his elementary education at Saavedra Saway Elementary School in General Santos City, but due to extreme poverty, he dropped out of high school. He left his home at age 14 because his mother, who had six children, was not making enough money to support her family. He took his chances in the big city, to earn money for his family.
In February 2007 he took, and passed, a high school equivalency exam making him eligible for college education. 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 Hotel and Casino in Lahug, Cebu City in recognition of his boxing achievements and humanitarian work.
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).
Pacquiao moved to Manila at the age of 14, he 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).
Today as Manny Pacquiao prepare himself for the fight, if you haven’t notice yet, he completed the criteria for being a super fighter. Observe the way he moves and compare it on his early fights, he moves more efficiently and lighter. He always moves like his opponent never noticed and then bam, he’ll throw a couple of punches that will surely rock your world. Some of the commentators are showing appreciation whenever they say that Manny Pacquiao have acquired all the necessary weapons to knockout an opponent down. He’s like a scorpion, waiting to sting his opponent on the right timing.
This coming November 12, watch out as Manny Pacquiao showcase the talent of a true fighter. Witness as he show himself as God-fearing, a sportsman and a true Filipino. He goes beyond the sports boxing, he will show how humane he is, how he raise the Philippine flag once again, how he uplift the morale of the Filipino people and how proud he is for being Pinoy.
Manny Pacquiao needs every support we can give, so on his next match, we will show him that we’ve got his back, all the way…