Manny Pacquiao News and Trivia

  • Manny Pacquiao has two children (with Jinkee): Jemuel and Michael.
  • Performs with the hip-hop group Black-Eyed Peas on their hit single, Champion.
  • First boxing defeat was a KO in the hand of Rustico Torrecampo early in his career (his 12th fight on February 9th 1996)
  • Manny Pacquiao lost his bid for the congressional seat of his province of South Cotabato in the Philippine general election of May 2007.
  • After arriving home from his victorious rematch with Marco Antonio Barrera, he revealed that he is still interested in Philippine politics.
  • Signed an exclusive contract with Philippine television giant GMA Network. He will star in a sitcom and a reality show with them.
  • On September 1, 2008, Pacquiao announced that he will retire from boxing in 2009 and try his luck again in politics by running for a government post in the 2010 Philippine general election. At the same time, he took his oath in joining President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s political party.
  • Founder and president of the People’s Champ Movement (PCM), a political party focused on government posts in General Santos City (South Cotabato province) and Saranggani province.
  • His political party, the People’s Champ Movement (PCM), was approved by the Philippines’ commission on elections as a legitimate entry for the 2010 elections (local and provincial levels).
  • In addition to boxing, he is also a movie star, a television show host, movie producer, businessman, a political candidate, and a founder of his own political party.
  • Closely associated with Philippine politicians Lito Atienza, Luis “Chavit” Singson and president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. In 2007, he appeared on a television political ad in support of Singson’s bid for the senate.
  • He founded the Manny Pacquiao Foundation to help uplift the lives of Filipinos as well as people from other parts of the world who encounter problems like poverty and sickness. As such, he has invested in many projects such as a cancer research and treatment center in Mindanao.
  • He has organized related activities such as medical missions, granting scholarships, and promoting environmental awareness.
  • He won major/The Ring world titles in seven weight classes.
  • On February 2011, Manny Pacquiao and his wife Jinkee visited the White House and United States President Barack Obama.
  • In the Philippine general elections of 2010, Manny Pacquiao won in his second bid for the House of Representatives as he won by a landslide over Roy Chiongbian for the lone congressional seat of Sarangani province.
  • Pacquiao’s term as congressman will last until mid-2013.
  • As a member of the Philippine House of Representatives, Pacquiao has been declared as the richest congressman based on the legislators’ Statements of Assets and Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN). Pacquiao declared that his net worth is over one billion Philippine Pesos.
  • Manny Pacquiao was born into a poor family in General Santos City in Mindanao and was raised alone by his mother after his parents separated when he was in sixth grade.
  • Manny Pacquiao fought Timothy Bradley on June 9, 2012 for Pacquiao’s WBO Welterweight title. After a hard fought fight, Bradley scored a controversial victory over Pacquiao by way of split decision with two of the judges scoring it 115 – 113 to Bradley with the other 115 – 113 to Pacquiao which meant Bradley became the new WBO Welterweight champion and also ended Pacquiao’s streak of 7 years without losing a fight in the ring.
  • Currently taking up a three week special business administration course in General Santos City. [October 2007]
  • Taking a rest and spending more time with his family after losing the election. [May 2007]