Manny Pacquiao BiographyFilipino professional boxer and politician Manny Pacquiao is Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao in real life. He was born on December 17, 1978 in Kibawe, Bukidnon to parents Rosalio Pacquiao and Dionesia Dapidran-Pacquiao. Manny is fourth among the six siblings: Liza, Domingo, Isidra, Alberto, and Rogelio. His parents got separated when he was in Grade six.He is married to Maria Geraldine “Jinkee” Jamora-Pacquiao. The couple has four children: Emmanuel Jr. (Jimuel), Michael, Princess, and Queen Elizabeth, whom they fondly call, Quennie.
During his early years, Manny spent his elementary days at Saavedra Saway Elementary School in General Santos City. But he dropped out in high school because of poverty. Only in February 2007 that Manny took the high school equivalency exam and passed making him eligible to enter college. Because he can afford to support himself that time, he then enrolled at Notre Dame of Dadiangas University (NDDU) in General Santos City. There, he took up a degree in Business Management. Manny is also a military reservist with the rank Lieutenant Colonel in Philippine Army’s Reserved Force.
At the age of 14, Manny left his family and went to Manila hoping for some trainings that he can avail for his chosen career – boxing. His first professional bout happened when he was 16 years old and won against Edmund Ignacio. Because of this, he spent most of his time training that led him to what he is today- a professional boxer. Since then, he was made to fight not only with local boxers but also against famous international boxers. After his non-stop victories in boxing, Manny lost the game to opponent Timothy Bradley in their June 2012 boxing match. In December 2012, he again fought against Juan Miguel Marquez and lost the title to the latter. Just recently, his trainer and coach Freddie Roach stated that if Manny lost again for the third time, that would be a signal for him (Pacquiao) to retire from his boxing career.
Because of his desire to help the less fortunate, Manny decided to run for Congress in the May 2007election for the 1st District of South Cotabato. Unfortunately, he lost the position to Rep. Darlene Antonino-Custudio. In 2009, Manny decided to run again for the same position for the 2010 election but this time in Sarangani province, his wife’s hometown. Manny won and was declared as congressman in the lone district of Sarangani.
Manny is also a recipient of numerous recognitions and awards being given to him by different organizations here and abroad. He was also considered as World’s 6th Highest Paid Athlete by Forbes Magazine.
Aside from being a boxer and a politician, Manny also had his share of movie appearances. Among the films that he took part in are Wapakman, Di Ko Kayang Tanggapin, Lisensyadong Kamao, anak ng Kumander, Brown Soup Thing, Pangarap Kong Jackpot, Basagan ng Mukha, and Mahal Kita.. Kahit Sino Ka Pa! He also has TV programs which he hosted like Pinoy Records, Kamao: Matira Ang Matibay, Manny Many Prizes, and the most recent Para Sa ‘Yo Ang Laban Na ‘To, co-hosted by Jean Garcia. Manny was also seen in the comedy TV series Show Me Da Manny with Marian Rivera.