Eventually, Pacquiao chose to give it all up. The nights of heavy gambling and drinking ended as Pacquiao got older and became a Born-Again Christian.
Manny Pacquiao lived the high life early in his career
The life of a highly successful and world-famous boxer paid off for Manny Pacquiao.
In his younger days, Pacquiao enjoyed the opportunities that came his way. Pacquiao openly gambled, drank, and served as a womanizer during the early years of a professional career that saw him record knockout after knockout and award after award.
As Mike Tyson gradually fell out of the spotlight, Pacquiao became one of the world’s most recognizable boxers. His reputation followed him wherever he went, from the boxing ring to a casino.
Pacquiao gave up his vices to focus on religion
At one point in Manny Pacquiao’s life, he received a message that changed his future.
Over the past decade, Pacquiao has spoken about how religion changed his perspective on life. Pacquiao became a Born-Again Christian — he was raised Catholic — and left his vices behind him.
In a 2014 interview with The Guardian, Pacquiao addressed why he’s invested so much time and effort into religion.
“People are surprised by the way I have changed my life. All the running around. In that time and age, I knew I could do whatever I wanted. But I changed when I heard the voice of God, and I can testify that there is a God. I saw two angels, white, long, big wings. I saw Paradise. God showed me about the end of time. This all happened within the last three years. That’s how I changed my life.”
Pacquiao’s longtime trainer, Freddie Roach, told The Guardian what the new Pacquiao looked like to him.
“He doesn’t party anymore, doesn’t drink anymore. He’s a clean liver, doesn’t f— around with girls no more. And his wife is very happy about that,” Roach said. “He’s a better family man. So there’s a lot of good that goes with it.
“He was a pretty wild guy, had the world by the balls,” Roach added. “Everything was available.”
Manny Pacquiao could be making a comeback soon
Manny Pacquiao could be returning to the boxing ring far sooner than anyone expected.
Pacquiao, who is currently a senator in the Philippines, teased a comeback attempt on social media last month. The legendary boxer tweeted on February 10 that “[t]raining camp has begun.”
“I’m ready to get back in the ring and to further add to my legacy in the sport of boxing,” Pacquiao tweeted. “Big news coming soon.”
Pacquiao, who is 62-7-2 with 39 knockouts, has not fought since defeating American boxer Keith Thurman in July 2019.
There had not been an official update on Pacquiao’s comeback attempt as of publication.