Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao, better known as Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, has officially announced his retirement from boxing, so a particularly fantastic and so memorable era is coming to an end.
Manny was born on December 17, 1978 in a small town called Kibawe, Bukidnon. He had 62 wins, 8 losses and two draws, and fought in eight different divisions, winning six world titles.
Pacquiao began his extraordinary history with the World Boxing Council by winning the OPBF Flyweight Championship in 1997 by knocking out Thailand’s Chokchai Chockvivat, earning him a shot at a world title. It happened in 1998.
Manny was crowned WBC Flyweight Champion by knocking out Thai Chatchai Sasakul on his home turf. Over the years he has hosted the Green and Gold International Championships in the super bantamweight and super featherweight divisions.
In 2002, Pacquiao came to fight in the United States, offering fabulous fights and in doing so, built and guaranteed his popularity around the world, becoming a phenomenon in his country, for his millions of fans, in the more than 7,000 islands. of his homeland, every time he has honored the ring. Then her fame grew further as she enveloped and fascinated the whole world.
Among the boxers he has defeated are Agapito Sánchez, Marco Antonio Barrera, Juan Manuel Márquez, against whom he won the WBC super featherweight title, David Díaz, whom he defeated to win the WBC lightweight title, Erik Morales, Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto against whom he won the WBC Diamond belt, Shane Mosley, Antonio Margarito, to win the WBC super welterweight title, Oscar de la Hoya (All World Champions), among so many others.
“Pacman” is a boxer who transcended sports, developed a great political career, was a professional basketball player, as well as ventured into acting and singing. His charisma brought him to be known by all, as he is a clear example of the zenith that can be achieved in boxing, as well as in life.
The WBC and its chairman Mauricio Sulaimán wish Manny every success in his bright and bright future. Boxing is a glorious phase in his life, but with his character, humanity and humility, there will certainly be many more. A chapter engraved in green and gold letters is finished, but there will undoubtedly be more pages to write, in a biography of immense value.