Today we celebrate one of the greats in boxing history: Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao. holding a record of 57-6-2 Manny has fought and pummeled some of the all time greats, including Juan Manuel Marquez, Ricky Hatton, Tim Bradley and of course Floyd Mayweather Jr. But of all the modern era fighters around today, no one has a more enduring fan base or an impact on the sport of boxing. With that being said we've compiled a list of things you may not know about the Pride of the Philippines. Our Ultimate Undisputed List brings you facts and trivia about Manny Pacquiao.
- As a child, Manny Pacquiao wanted to become a Catholic priest. However, poverty came in the way so he pursued boxing instead.
- The Boxers nickname “Pac-Man” was not based on a Japanese arcade game of the same name. It is the combination of the first syllables of his first (“MAN” from Manny) and last name (“PAC” from Pacquiao).
- Manny had his first fist fight when he was about nine or ten years old. It was between him and a group of schoolboys who was bullying his younger brother, Bobby. He won that fight
- At the age of 13, Manny became a “one-man traveling grocery store,” selling various goods ranging from bread and peanuts to water and doughnuts in the hot streets of General Santos.
- When he was seven, Manny witnessed a cockfight for the very first time. The roosters taught him the importance of persistence and being quick on your feet, two qualities that would later become part of his mentality.
- On days when he’s out of work and had nothing to eat, Manny would go to some restaurants in Manila where he would wash the dishes or clean the kitchen in exchange for food.
Manny started his professional boxing career in a local boxing show on TV called Blow By Blow where he would be paid two dollars per fight.
- In the 1997 match for the Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation Flyweight Title, Manny won his first belt after knocking out his older opponent, Chokchai Chockvivat, in the fifth round.
- In 2009, Manny starred in the movie Wapakman as Magno Manese, a plumber who possessed superpowers.
- Manny is the first Filipino boxer and athlete to appear on a postage stamp.
Manny reportedly owns five mansions: two in GenSan, one in Parañaque City, another one in Laguna, and a P380-million residence in Forbes Park in Makati City.
Moral of the story: Never give up, even when things look the bleakest. There was talks of a movie being made about Manny with the star to be in it himself and co-starring Sylvester Stallone (maybe he could play Mayweather) but nothing came of it. with a story of persistance and never giving up.
Happy Birthday Champ.
Dream Big. Hustle Hard.