Manny Pacquiao is one of the greatest boxers of all time. Pacquiao is the only eight-division world champion in the history of boxing, as well as being the first boxer to win the lineal championship in five different weight classes. Pacquiao was born on December 17, 1978, in Kibawe, Bukidnon, Philippines. When he was just a teenager he decided to board a ship to Manila where he hoped to train to become a boxer.
Pacquiao had his debut in January of 1995 where he defeated Edmund Ignacio in four rounds in a unanimous decision. Pacquiao took home his first major championship home in December 1998, where he defeated Chatchai Sasakul to claim the World Boxing Council flyweight title. Pacquiao currently has a record of 60-7-2 as a professional, with 39 wins by knockout. Pacquiao has generated 9.2 million in pay-per-view buys and $1.2 billion in revenue in his career. Pacquiao lost to Floyd Mayweather in 2015 in what was billed as the fight of the century.
Pacquiao also has a large career outside of the boxing ring. Pacquiao has played in the PBA (Philippine Basketball Association) as a player-coach for Kia Picanto where he was drafted in the 2014 PBA draft. Pacquiao scored his first field goal on October 25, 2015 against the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. Pacquiao has also been heavily involved in politics in his home country of the Philippines. Pacquiao first ran for a political seat in 2007 but he won as the congressman of the lone district of Sarangani in 2010. In 2016 he took his political aspirations to a new level when he ran for Senator under the United Nationalist Alliance and won. Pacquiao has been criticized for his conservative views including his stance against gay marriage.