December 17, 1978 (44)
Emmanuel “Manny” Dapidran Pacquiao Sr. is a Filipino politician and former professional boxer. Nicknamed “PacMan”, he is regarded as one of the greatest professional boxers of all time. He has been serving as a senator of the Philippines since 2016, and as party president of the ruling party PDP–Laban since 2020, and representative of Sarangani (2010–2016).
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). 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. 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. He’s also known for his rivalry with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
On September 19, 2021, Pacquiao officially declared his candidacy in the 2022 Philippine presidential election as a nominee of a political faction within PDP–Laban, the country’s ruling political party. His plan to expand his political career led to his retirement from professional boxing.