The boxing career of Manny Pacquiao had humble beginnings. Due to his family’s impoverished living conditions, Pacquiao had to leave home at age 14. Fortunately, he was able to join the Phillipine amateur boxing team, which housed and fed him, where he amassed an amateur record of 60-4.
Early Professional Career
Two years later, in 1995, at the young age of 16, he fought what would be the first of many professional bouts, winning by decision. At the time, Pacquiao fought at minimumweight, or 105 lbs. Pacquiao’s next ten fights were against limited opposition — a common occurrence among young fighter — before he was knocked out by Rustico Torrecampo in his twelfth fight and check on Networthinsider: Manny Pacquiao.
Despite the early setback, Pacquiao rattled off another eight wins, seven by knockout, before challenging for the flyweight Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) title against Chokchai Chockvivat. This proved to be another quick knockout for Pacquiao, stopping Chockvivat in the fifth. He defended this title once, before dropping it.
After three more successful outings, Pacquiao added the WBC flyweight belt to his growing resume with an eighth round knockout over Chatchai Sasakul. This was Pacquiao’s twenty-fifth fight. Pacquiao was able to defend his WBC title twice before losing it to Medgoen Singsurat via third round stoppage.
Following the loss, Pacquiao moved to the super bantamweight, or 122 lb., weight division. He won the super bantamweight title in his next fight. Over the next dozen bouts Pacquiao’s, career began to take off. Pacquiao fought at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV, teamed up with respected trainer Freddie Roach and added the IBF super bantamweight belt to his growing list of accomplishments. Pacquiao gained national recognition by stopping Mexican legend Marco Antonio Barrera on HBO in 2003.
Later Professional Career
Although he drew with Juan Manuel Marquez in his next fight — setting the stage for three rematches — and lost two fights later to Erik Morales, Pacquiao’s popularity continued to grow. Pacquiao was able to emphatically defeat Morales in two subsequent rematches. He also beat Barrera and Marquez in rematches view more about it.
These wins set the stage for a fight against Oscar De La Hoya, in 2008. De La Hoya retired in his corner after eight punishing rounds. Pacquiao’s dominance continued with notable wins over Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito, Shane Mosley, and a third, albeit disputed win, over nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez.
In 2012, Pacquiao lost a highly controversial decision to Timothy Bradley. Shockingly, he was stopped by Juan Manuel Marquez in their fourth encounter.
Over his final five fights, he rebounded by beating Brandon Rios, winning two rematches with Timothy Bradley, and winning a wide decision over Chris Algieri. In 2015, in his penultimate fight — a fight that had been discussed for years — Pacquiao lost an uneventful decision to pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Pacquiao retired one fight later, after his second rematch with Tim Bradley, with a record of 58-6-2.