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Manny Pacquiao
Pacquiao ring entrance.jpg
Pacquiao making his ring entrance during his fight against Keith Thurman, 2019
Height5 ft 6 in (168 cm)[2]
Reach67 in (170 cm)[2]
Born (1978-12-17) December 17, 1978 (age 42)
Kibawe, Bukidnon, Philippines
Boxing record
Total fights71
Wins by KO39

Philippine Senator Manny Pacquiao has competed in professional boxing since 1995. Regarded by many boxing historians as one of the greatest professional boxers of all time,[3] Pacquiao is the only boxer in history to win 12 major world titles in eight different weight divisions.[4] He is also the first boxer in history to win the lineal championship in five different weight divisions,[5][6][7] as well as being the first boxer in history to win major world titles in four of the original eight weight divisions of boxing, also known as the "glamour divisions": flyweight, featherweight, lightweight and welterweight.[8][9][10]

In July 2019, Pacquiao became the oldest welterweight world champion in history at the age of 40, and the first boxer to become a recognized four-time welterweight champion after defeating Keith Thurman to win the WBA (Super) welterweight.[11][12][13] Pacquiao also holds the record of being the only four-decade world champion in history, having held world championships in the 1990s, 2000s, 2010s, and 2020s.[14][15][16][17]

He was named Fighter of the Decade for the 2000s by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA), WBC, HBO and WBO. He is also a three-time Ring magazine and BWAA Fighter of the Year, winning both awards in 2006, 2008 and 2009; and the Best Fighter ESPY Award in 2009 and 2011.[18] In 2016, Pacquiao was ranked second on ESPN's list of top boxers, pound-for-pound, of the past 25 years.[19] BoxRec ranks Pacquiao as the third greatest boxer, pound for pound, of all time,[20] as well as the greatest Asian boxer of all time.[21] BoxRec also gave 16 of Pacquiao's victorious fights a 5-Star rating. World-renowned boxing expert and historian Bert Sugar ranked Pacquiao as the greatest southpaw fighter of all time.[22] In 2020, Pacquiao topped the Ranker's list of best boxers of the 21st century[23][24] while respected Spanish Media outlet "Marca" placed Manny Pacquiao 16th on the Greatest Sportsmen of the 21st Century.[25][26]

Pacquiao was long rated as the best active boxer in the world, pound-for-pound, 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 at welterweight in 2012.[27][28] He is also the longest reigning top-ten active boxer on The Ring's pound-for-pound list.[29]

Pacquiao has generated approximately 20.1 million in pay-per-view (PPV) buys and $1.2 billion in revenue from his 25 PPV bouts.[30] According to Forbes, he was the second highest paid athlete in the world in 2015.[31]

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  12. ^ Reuters (2019-07-21). "Pacquiao Beats Thurman on Split Decision". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-07-31.
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  25. ^ "Manny Pacquiao beats Floyd Mayweather by far in 21st Century Sports list". WBN - World Boxing News. 2020-06-16. Retrieved 2020-11-26.
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  29. ^ "Ring Ratings Pound for Pound December 5, 2014". Archived from the original on December 8, 2014.
  30. ^ Kurt Badenhausen (April 9, 2015). "Manny Pacquiao Set To Retire After Bradley Fight With $500 Million In Career Earnings". Forbes.
  31. ^ The World's Highest-Paid Athletes. (2013–06). Retrieved on February 22, 2014.