Manny Pacquiao has conquered boxing and moved onto his next frontier: running for president.
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A Presidential Come Up: The Story Of Manny Pacquiao

Nathan Baugh, Matt Trombley
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Manny Pacquiao went from living on the streets of Manila to earning $500+ million as a boxer. Now, he's running for President of the Philippines. His story is nothing short of amazing.

At the age of 14, Pacquiao dropped out of high school and moved to Manila - the capital of the Philippines. There, he worked as a construction worker. He slept on the streets so he could send money home to his mom.

His life changed when he made the Philippine national amateur boxing team. He received:

  • Room & board
  • Food
  • Professional training

With that help, Manny went 60-4 as an amateur.

Manny Pacquiao went 60-4 in his amateur boxing career.
Manny Pacquiao went 60-4 in his amateur boxing career.

Pacquiao went pro at 16, going an absurd 26-1 to start his career. At 19, he won the World Boxing Council flyweight title. It was at this point that "Pac-Man" was born.

Over the next 17 years, Pacquiao established himself as one of the best boxers ever.

  • Held 5 titles at one time
  • Won titles in 8 weight classes
  • Won a title in 4 (!) separate decades
Manny Pacquiao held 5 titles at one time - an impressive feat.
Manny Pacquiao held 5 titles at one time - an impressive feat.

But, at the same time, another boxer was building his own legacy...

Floyd Mayweather was 47-0 entering 2015. Pacquiao was 57-5-2. 6 years after initial negotiations, the "Fight of the Century" was set.

The "Fight of the Century" between Mayweather and Pacquiao.
The "Fight of the Century" between Mayweather and Pacquiao.

Mayweather defeated Pacquiao by unanimous decision. The fight set records:

  • 4.6 million Pay-Per-View buys - the most ever
  • $410 million in revenue

Even better? 50% of all households in the Phillipines watched the fight.

A year after the Mayweather fight, Pacquiao landed the biggest win of his political career. He became one of 24 Senators in the Phillipines. At first, he allied himself to the controversial President Rodrigo Duterte.

However, he changed his tune over the last year. Pacquiao challenged Duterte on corruption, claiming $200 million in pandemic aid was unaccounted for. Recently, Pacquiao took it a step further. He's now running for President of the Phillipines against Duterte’s daughter.

When announcing his candidency, Pacquiao said: "We need government to serve our people with integrity, compassion and transparency." But it's going to be a fight. Duterte, prohibited by the constitution from running for another term, is on his daughter Sara's ticket as VP.

Pacquiao went from living on the streets as a kid to earning $500+ million as a boxer. He could buy an island, disappear, and enjoy life. Instead, he went back to the Phillipines, served in government, and is now running for President. That's incredible.

Pacquiao serving as a Senator in the Phillipines.
Pacquiao serving as a Senator in the Phillipines.
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