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Manny Pacquiao
Sex Male
Nationality Philippine
Alias Pac Man / The Destroyer
Birth Name Emmanuel D. Pacquiao
Global ID PH-00-006129
Federal ID NV015582
Hometown Kibawe, Philippines
Birthplace Bukidnon, Philippines
Rated at Super Featherweight
World Rank 1 / 862
Date of Birth 1978-12-17
Age 27
Reach 67”
Stance Southpaw
Height 5' 6½
Trainer Freddie Roach
Manager Shelly Finkel

(From Wikipedia)

Emmanuel "Manny" D. Pacquiao (born December 17, 1978), nicknamed the "Pac Man", is the reigning WBC International Super Featherweight Champion (2005–present), former RING People's Featherweight Champion (2003 to 2005), former IBF Super Bantamweight Champion (2001 to 2004), and former WBC Flyweight Champion (1998 to 1999). He has a record of 41 wins, 3 losses, and 2 draws, with 31 wins coming by way of knockout.

The boxer, who hails from General Santos City, Philippines is also dubbed "The Destroyer" by his peers in the boxing world. He has ended many of his fights with his left punch.

The 27 year old Pacquiao started his professional boxing career in 1995 at 106 pounds. He bounced in weight from 106 to 113 pounds before losing in his 12th fight against Rustico Torrecampo via third round technical knockout. Shortly after the Torrecampo fight Pacquiao settled in at 112 pounds, winning the WBC Flyweight title only to lose it in his second defense against Medgoen Singsurat by third round knockout. Theorically speaking, Pacquiao may have lost the belt at the scales by not being able to make weight of 112 lb (51 kg).

Following the loss to Singsurat, Pacquiao again jumped in weight, this time stopping at the Super Bantamweight division of 122 lb (55 kg) where he picked up the WBC International title, defending it five times before his next world title fight came. Pacquiao’s big break came on June 23rd, 2001, against IBF Super Bantamweight champion Lehlohonolo Ledwaba. Pacquiao stepped into the fight as a late replacement and walked out of the fight the newly crowned IBF Super Bantamweight champion. Pacquiao scored three knockdowns before the end of the fight was called in the fifth round.
Pacquiao knocks down Juan Manuel Marquez.
Pacquiao knocks down Juan Manuel Marquez.

Manny went on to defend his title four times before the match that many consider to have defined his career, against his childhood boxing idol, Marco Antonio Barrera of Mexico came. Pacquiao rose from an official knockdown in the first round, and won the fight by knockout, when Barrera’s corner had the fight stopped in the eleventh round. With this victory, the "Pacman" captured the WBO and Ring Magazine People's Featherweight Title, as Barrera had beaten Naseem Hamed previously for that belt (Ring Magazine;s title has no world championship title, being a mythical one instead). Pacquiao's performance established himself, according to many critics, fans and boxing magazines alike, as one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world, and put the Philippines on the boxing world's map again where he follows in the footsteps of past Filipino boxing stars such as "Flash Elorde", Ben Villaflor, and Pancho Villa, among others.
Pacquiao exchanges punches with Marquez.
Pacquiao exchanges punches with Marquez.

Only six months removed from his win over Marco Antonio Barrera. Pacquiao went on to challenge another respected Mexican boxer, Juan Manuel Marquez, holder of the WBA and IBF Featherweight Title. Experts predicted that Marquez, a dangerous counter-puncher, would prevail over Pacquiao because of his apparently superior boxing skills. The fight turned out to be one of the greatest Featherweight clashes in the history of boxing. Pacquiao's handspeed and punching power was displayed early as he stormed Marquez with jabs and straight lefts that sent the Mexican Champion to the canvas three times in the first round alone. It looked as if Pacquiao was on his way to a quick victory, but things changed as Marquez started to take control in the second, arguably dominating the fight and getting better with each passing round. When the bell to end the 12th round sounded, the fight was scored a draw (tie).

Against Fahsan (3K-Battery) Por Thawatchai, Pacquiao sent Por Thawatchai to the canvas three times en route to a knock out in the fourth-round. A left uppercut to the jaw knocked down the Thai fighter with both feet off the canvas and ended the fight.

Pacquiao once again jumped in weight, this time to the Super Featherwight division and squared off against former three-time division champion Erik Morales on 19th of March, 2005. However, Pacquiao lost the 12 round match with a unanimous decision from the judges. Pacquiao had to fight with a cut in his eye for most of the fight against Morales. Despite the loss, Pacquiao gained further credibility as a fighter who could fight back under adversity.

On September 10, 2005, Manny Pacquiao knocked out Hector Velazquez, capturing the WBC International Super Featherweight Title in the process.

Pacquiao defeated Erik Morales by TKO in a rematch on January 21, 2006 in Las Vegas at Thomas and Mack Center, United States. Pacquiao nearly dropped Morales in round two and wobbled him again in the sixth. Pacquiao floored Morales twice in round 10 before the fight was stopped. It is the first time the 29-year-old Morales, a former world champion in three weight classes, has been stopped and he has now lost three of his last four fights.

Pacquiao has now been installed as the WBC's Super-featherweight number one contender. Mexican legend Marco Antonio Barrera holds the WBC belt.