Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao is really a “Man of Destiny.” When he was a new trainee as a neophyte boxer he said he was too poor that he could hardly made two both ends meet.
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Pacquiao was born in Kibawe, Bukidnon and raised in General Santos, Philippines. He is the son of Rosalio Pacquiao and Dionisia Dapidran Pacquiao. His full name is Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao Sr.; born December 17, 1978. He is a Filipino professional boxer and politician. Nicknamed “PacMan”, he is regarded as one of the greatest professional boxers of all time.
Manny has been serving as a Senator of the Philippines since 2016, and previously served as party president of PDP–Laban(2020–2021), and representative of Sarangani’s at-large Congressional District (2010–2016).
But his parents separated when he was in sixth grade. He is the fourth of six siblings, one of whom, Alberto “Bobby” Pacquiao, is also a politician and former professional boxer.
But his skills in boxing made him of what he is now earning not only billions of dollars but eventually earned his lifetime title as “Pambansang Kamao.” Indeed he is really a “Man of Destiny.”
Hence, does it mean despite his lack of educational or academic qualifications, who knows he might be destined to go and work as the highest government official by being the successor of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in 2022? In short the next President of the Republic of the Philippines. Nobody can tell one’s destiny it is being programmed by God.
Manny who converted to a good Evangelical Christian after abandoning his Catholic faith always invoked the teachings of God in his Bible Study. So he is one who is a “Maka Diyos” and therefore “Maka Tao.” Aside from being a boxer and politician he is now a Christian preacher, and a known philanthropist, socialite, and a YouTube personality.
Unlike President Duterte whom I was able to dine together in a posh Makati restaurant a few months before becoming President of the Republic, I only know Pacquiao as a great boxer. However, I have never met him in person. In short he doesn’t know me at all.
Be that as it may, I admire him so much as a “Man of Destiny.” Who knows after several winning bouts in boxing championships he got to land in the House of Representatives as Congressman of Sarangani’s at large Congressional District where he succeeded Rep. Erwin Chiongbian on June 30, 2010 to June 30, 2016.
Then he won as Senator of the Philippines and assumed office on June 30, 2016.
Boxing career of Manny Pacquiao
Pacquiao is the only eight-division world champion in the history of boxing and has won twelve major world titles. He was the first boxer to win the lineal championship in five different weight classes; the first boxer to win major world titles in four of the eight “glamour divisions”: flyweight, featherweight, lightweight, and welterweight, and is the only boxer to hold world championships across four decades (1990s, 2000s, 2010s, and 2020s).
As of 2015, Pacquiao’s fights had generated $1.2 billion in revenue from his 25 pay-per-view bouts.
According to Forbes, he was the second highest paid athlete in the world in 2015.
In July 2019, Pacquiao became the oldest welterweight world champion in history at the age of 40, and the first boxer in history to become a recognized four-time welterweight champion after defeating Keith Thurman to win the WBA (Super) welterweight title.
Pacquiao has other interests in addition to boxing and politics: in basketball, he was the player-coach of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) team Kia/Mahindra for three seasons before founding the semi-professional Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League(MPBL). He also starred in films and presented television shows. In music, he has released multiple locally-platinum albums and songs; his cover of Dan Hill’s “Sometimes When We Touch” peaked at 19 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary top 20 list after performing it on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Pacquiao is all set to join the Labor Party
Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao is all set to join the Labor Party of the Philippines (LPP), according to one of the national officers of the LPP.
Shariff Ibrahim H. Albani who was designated as the LPP vice president for Visayas confirmed to Batanes To Tawi-Tawi in an exclusive interview that Pacquiao will join the LPP when he comes home after his boxing championship fight in T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, USA on August 21, 2021. Pacquiao is all set to have a boxing bout with Cuban boxer Yordenis Ugas.
Earlier Jimuel, the eldest son of Pacquiao has already joined the LPP as a member of the party and became the Chairman of the Committee on Youth Affairs.
Ibrahim said the election of Jimuel is a welcome addition into the LPP’s build up for political battles.