It’s always hard to tell a boxer’s age just by looking at them. Years of having the bone structure of their skulls rearranged; cuts, bruises, hematomas– some veteran pugs create the strange juxtaposition of an old man’s head on a young man’s body.
But despite countless vicious battles inside the squared circle, as well as outside of it, boxing legend Manny Pacquiao has somehow managed to retain his boyish looks and childlike disposition. Born on December 17, 1978 in Kibawe, Philippines Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) hardly shows his 36 years of age.
As a young fighter, Pacquiao ran away from his rural Kibawe and hopped a ship for the Philippine capital of Manila to pursue his boxing dream. In 1995 Manny fought in his first pro fight, against Edmund Enting Ignacio (who went on to have a career record of 8 wins against 24 loses), and the rest is history.
Watch a 16-year-old Pacquiao make his professional debut:
After eight world titles in as many different weight divisions; victories over legends Oscar De La Hoya, Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, and Juan Manuel Márquez; and 20 years of dishing out the hurt and excitement the the little man from the Philippines continues to enthrall fight fans with every punch.
A cultural icon in his homeland, Pacquiao regained the WBO welterweight title on 12 April 2014, with a brilliant unanimous decision win over Timothy Bradley, getting his revenge after his arguable 2012 split decision defeat to the then-undefeated world champion. Pacquiao followed the Bradley rematch with with a win over game but overmatched Chris Algieri in November 2014.
Pacquiao enters the ring on May 2 for the most anticipated fight of his career when he faces off against pound-for-pound champ Floyd Mayweather.