When asked to name the most famous boxers of all time, most people gravitate to names like Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, and Mike Tyson. Those boxers all have one thing in common: they all fought at the heavyweight class. For whatever reason, heavyweight boxers tend to form correspondingly outsize post-career legends.
Yet true boxing aficionados know that many of the all-time greats fought at lighter weight classes. Take Manny Pacquiao, for instance. Pacquiao is widely regarded as one of the best two boxers of all time, with Floyd Mayweather being his only real competition for that honor. Here we take a closer look at Pacquiao’s boxing career, his life today, and his current net worth.
Legendary boxing career
Any way you look at it, Manny Pacquiao’s boxing resume is incredibly impressive. He got his professional start in 1995, and still hasn’t officially retired. In fact, last July Pacquiao won the WNA World Welterweight Title as a 40-year-old. In the process, he handed presumed favorite Keith Thurman his first professional loss.
Pacquiao has a 62-7-2 career record, with a 54.93 knockout percentage. Among those 62 wins are an astounding number of records. To begin with, Pacquiao has won 12 major world titles over the course of his career. He is the only boxer to ever win titles in eight different weight classes — a spectacular feat known as the octuple.
Pacquiao is also the first boxer in history to win titles in four of the eight original weight classes, known informally as the “glamour divisions.” Pacquiao is also the only boxer to ever hold and win championships in four different decades. Over those four decades, Pacquiao has earned countless awards and accolades from professional boxing organizations and magazines.
Perhaps the only black mark on Pacquiao’s resume is his 2015 loss to Floyd Mayweather. The long-anticipated matchup was by most accounts something of a disappointment, with Mayweather winning a unanimous decision after 12 rounds. Nonetheless, in subsequent years, Pacquiao has remained adamant that he should have been awarded the judges’ decision.
Although Pacquiao has yet to announce any retirement plans, commentators routinely acknowledge that he is near the end. One persistent rumor is that Pacquiao may choose to go out following a highly anticipated — and highly lucrative — fight against UFC star Connor McGregor.
Manny Pacquiao’s secondary careers
Pacquiao is far from a one-trick pony. In addition to his celebrated boxing career, he also spent three seasons playing professional basketball in the Philippine Basketball Association, from 2014-2017. His stats in those three years were quite modest. In his best six game season, Pacquiao averaged 1.2 points, 0.4 rebounds, and 0.2 assists in a modest 5.2 minutes per game.
Since 2007, Pacquiao has also pursued a political career in the Philippines. In 2010 and 2013, he won seats in the Philippine House of Representatives. In 2016, he successfully won a seat in the Philippine Senate, which he currently still holds. Pacquiao stirred controversy in 2018 when he voiced his support for bringing back capital punishment in the Philippines.
Manny Pacquiao’s net worth
Over the course of his professional career, Pacquiao has earned a staggering amount of money. Since going professional at the tender young age of 16, Pacquiao has earned an average yearly salary of around $24 million. In 2016, when Pacquiao briefly considered retiring after a loss to Timothy Bradley, his estimated career earnings were placed at $500 million.
That number included the $120 million that Pacquiao received for his 2015 blockbuster fight against Floyd Mayweather. Today, with all of his various income streams accounted for, Pacquiao has an estimated net worth of $220 million.