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Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao
Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao (born December 17 , 1978), simply known as Manny Pacquiao or Pac-Man, is a Filipino professional boxer . He is currently the WBC Lightweight Champion and the WBC Super Featherweight Champion , and was the former world champion at IBF Super Bantamweight , and WBC Flyweight divisions.
is the first Filipino and Asian boxer to win three then later four world titles in different weight divisions.
took over as the Ring Magazine pound for pound number 1 ranked boxer in the world on June 9 , 2008 after Floyd Mayweather, Jr. announced his
retirement from boxing.
professional boxing career in 1995 at 106 lbs (Light flyweight) at the age of 16 years.
early fights usually took place in small venues and were shown on Vintage Sports' Blow by Blow, an evening boxing show.
His professional debut was a 4-round bout against Edmund Enting Ignacio on January 22 , 1995, which Pacquiao
won via decision, becoming an instant star of the program.
Close friend Mark Penaflorida's death in 1994 spurred young Pacquiao
to pursue a professional career.
As what sportscaster Joaquin "Quinito" Henson observed, Pacquiao clearly had not made weight.
Shortly after the Torrecampo fight, Pacquiao
settled at 112 lbs, winning the WBC Flyweight title over Chatchai Sasakul in the eighth round only to lose it in his
second defense against Medgoen Singsurat , or Medgoen 3K Battery, via a third-round knockout on a bout held at Nakhon Si Thammarat , Thailand . Technically, Pacquiao
lost the belt at the scales by surpassing the required weight of 112 lbs (51 kg).
loss to Singsurat, Pacquiao
gained weight anew, this time stopping at the superbantamweight division of 122 lbs (55 kg), where he
picked up the WBC International Super Bantamweight title, defending it five times before his
next world title fight came.
big break came on June 23 , 2001, against IBF Super Bantamweight champion Lehlohonolo Ledwaba . Pacquiao
stepped into the fight as a late replacement and won the fight by technical knockout to become the IBF Super Bantamweight champion on a bout held at MGM Grand , Las Vegas, Nevada . He
defended this title four times and fought to a sixth-round draw against Agapito Sanchez in a bout that was stopped early after Pacquiao
received a headbutt.
also represented the Philippines in the 2008 Olympics by holding the Philippine Flag during the entrance parade.
went on to defend his
title four times before the match that many consider to have defined his
career, a bout against the Mexican boxing idol Marco Antonio Barrera . Pacquiao
, moving up in weight and in his
first fight ever in the featherweight division, brought his
power with him and defeated Barrera via a TKO in the 11th round at the Alamodome , San Antonio, Texas . Although this fight was not recognized as a title fight by any sanctioning bodies, Pacquiao
was recognized as world champion by Ring Magazine
victory , and he
held that title until relinquishing it in 2005.
Only 6 months removed from his win over Barrera, Pacquiao
went on to challenge another respected Mexican counterpuncher, Juan Manuel Márquez , then holder of the World Boxing Association (WBA) and International Boxing Federation
(IBF) Featherweight titles.
In a bout held at Taguig City , Philippines, Pacquiao
fought against Fahsan (3K-Battery) Por Thawatchai.
sent 3K-Battery to the canvas three times en route to a knockout in the fourth round.
A left uppercut to the jaw that lifted the Thai fighter's feet off the canvas ended the fight.
once again moved up another division from 126 to 130 lbs to fight another Mexican legend, three-time division champion Érik Morales on March 19 , 2005, at the MGM Grand.
However, this time around, at his
first fight in the superfeatherweight division, Pacquiao
lost the 12-round match by a unanimous decision from the judges.
On September 10 , 2005, Manny Pacquiao
knocked out Héctor Velázquez , capturing the WBC International Super Featherweight title in the process, in a fight held at Staples Center
, Los Angeles, California .
defeated Morales via a 10th-round TKO in a much-anticipated rematch on January 21 , 2006 in Las Vegas at Thomas and Mack Center
After the Morales bout, Pacquiao
was in the limelight again during the first week of February 2006 when a waitress working in a Manila nightclub claimed that he
was the father of her
son, born out of a whirlwind affair with the boxer.
The boxer, allegedly, was giving the child financial support, which was also kept secret from his
wife, Jinkee, until she
This caused a problem in their marriage, but things were soon mended.
On July 2 , 2006, Pacquiao
defeated another Mexican, Oscar Larios , a two-time superbantamweight champion.
In September 2006, Pacquiao signed a major deal with Golden Boy Promotions (GBP), headed by Oscar de la Hoya , which was good for seven fights. This development was confirmed by his coach Freddie Roach.
Under the deal, Pacquiao
was guaranteed a prize money of US$5 million for each fight.
With regard to profits made on each fight, Pacquiao
would receive at least 90%, whereas the remaining 10% would go to Golden Boy Promotions
and Morales fought for a third time (with the series tied 1-all) on November 18 , 2006.
After the Pacquiao-Morales rematch, Arum announced that Manny
returned his signing bonus check back to Golden Boy Promotions
, signaling intentions to stay with Top Rank
In the sixth round of the bout, an accidental headbutt occurred, giving Pacquiao
a cut under his
The fight ended in the eight round when Pacquiao
knocked Solis down twice; with Solis barely beating the count after the second knockdown, the referee (who was also a doctor) was prompted to stop the fight.
was likely to get a purse of $5 million, plus possibly a share of the pay-per-view rights.  Pacquiao
defeated Barrera in their rematch via an easy unanimous decision.
Barrera retaliated with an illegal punch on the break that dazed Pacquiao
but also caused the referee to deduct a point from Barrera.
In The Ring magazine
(45-3-2) remained at the top of the junior lightweight division (130 lbs).
had been in the ratings for 108 weeks.
was also at No. 2 in the pound-for-pound category behind welterweight champ Floyd Mayweather. 
On November 13 , 2007, he
was honored by the WBC
as Champ Emeritus during its 45th Annual World Convention
held at the Manila Hotel .
On November 18, 2007, the Manila Bulletin Online edition reported a possible bout between Pacquiao
and Oscar de la Hoya.
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.
On July , 2008, it was announced that Pacquiao
would be the flag bearer of the Philippines at the 2008 Summer Olympics . He
became the first Filipino athlete, non-Olympics competitor, to be the Team Philippines' flag-bearer during the August 8 opening ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics at Bird's Nest, Olympic stadium.
Swimmer Miguel Molina, Southeast Asia
Games ' Best Male Athlete, yielded the honor to Pacquiao
, upon Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo 's request to national sports officials on the Philippines at the 2008 Summer Olympics .
Super Featherweight title
On March 15, 2008, in a rematch against Juan Manuel Marquez , Pacquiao
won via a highly disputed split decision.
won the WBC
and The Ring superfeatherweight belts, making him the first Filipino to win three world titles in three different weight divisions (Pacquiao was a former WBC Flyweight Champion, IBF Super bantamweight, and now WBC Super featherweight).
Richard Schaefer, GBP CEO, offered a $6-million guarantee to Pacquiao for a rematch.
On June 28 , 2008, at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Pacquiao
defeated David Díaz via ninth-round knockout to become the WBC lightweight champion.
With the victory, Pacquiao became the only Asian boxer to win four major titles in four weight classes and also became the first Filipino fighter to ever win a world title at lightweight.  The fight ended at 2:23 of the ninth round and was viewed by 8,362 spectators.
Bob Arum announced that Pacquiao
is most likely to fight November 1