Manny Pacquiao Infographic

By Alex Hillsberg on November 23, 2013
Manny Pacquiao Infographic
Marquez and Bradley turned down offers to rematch with Pacquiao. Enter Brandon Rios.

Saturday night at the Venetian-Macau Resort Hotel in Macao, China, in a fight broadcast live on HBO pay-per-view, Manny Pacquiao fights Brandon Rios in an eagerly anticipated bout for no discernible title.

Born in the humblest of circumstances, Pacquiao’s rags-to-riches story is a constant source of pride and inspiration to Filipinos. He moved to Manila from Kibawe, Bukidnon, Philippines at a very young age and worked at odd jobs to survive. He was too scrawny to fight professionally and it took many months of painstaking training using makeshift equipment before he was finally noticed by the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines and included in the national boxing team pool.

Pacquiao’s big break as a pro came when he stepped in as a late replacement against Lehlohonolo Ledwaba in 2001 to win the IBF super bantamweight title. His defining moment was against Marco Antonio Barrera in 2003 where he KO’d the Baby Faced Assassin, the only knockout loss of his career, and became the first Asian to win world titles in three different weight divisions.

His entry into the big time was in 2008 when he stepped into the ring to fight Oscar De La Hoya for a guaranteed purse of $15 million, a big jump from his previous high of $3 million in his three prior fights It is estimated that he also earned between $17-30 million as his share of pay-per-view buys. Pacquiao’s subsequent fights all had guaranteed purses in excess of $10 million, the highest being his fourth match with Marquez for $23 million.

That win against De La Hoya cemented his road to boxing superstardom and the singular distinction of being the only boxer in history to win world titles in eight different weight divisions. Sadly, this road hit major bumps when he lost his last two matches, both in 2012.

In June, he lost a controversial split decision to Timothy Bradley. The WBO subsequently reviewed tapes of that fight and declared that Pacquiao should have won, but stopped short of overturning the verdict. However, in December and in the fourth installment of their longstanding rivalry, Juan Manuel Marquez silenced the crowd with a deadly blow to Pacquiao’s jaw in the last second of the sixth round.

These two losses color the backdrop being painted by pundits and experts of the Pacquiao vs. Rios matchup. Both Marquez and Bradley turned down offers of a rematch with Pacquiao for different reasons, despite being offered record purses. Instead, they chose to fight each other. Enter Brandon Rios.

The pressure is on Manny. Top Rank’s Bob Arum believes a loss to Brandon Rios will not signal the end of Pacquiao’s career. Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s trainer, said he will advise Pacquiao to retire if he loses a third consecutive time.

The future is now. The future is Saturday night.

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  1. Louis Portis 12:57pm, 02/04/2014

    The information regarding the De La Hoya fight is incorrect.

    The gate only generated 14 million and it was 4 highest not second.

    I question some of the other info as well. What are you sources for the information in this info graph??

  2. Ted 04:13pm, 11/23/2013


  3. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 01:00pm, 11/23/2013

    Alex Hillsberg-Great work!....which reminds me…if I had my work presented to me like this in school I wouldn’t have spent my time “Smokin’ cigarettes and writin’ something nasty on the wall” (Stevie Wonder).

  4. raffy maderal 11:35am, 11/23/2013

    Wow. Its kinda pathophysiology.  Its very detailed. Appreciate the effort.  Pacquiao real the legend, too much done in boxing and its already cemented in boxing history. A great fighter

  5. Pete The Sneak 10:26am, 11/23/2013

    Wow Alex Hillsberg! What a Great Bio and info piece on Pac. I thoroughly enjoyed the heck out of this. Incredible stuff indeed…Peace

  6. Ted 07:23am, 11/23/2013

    Amazing stuff, Alex.

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