On April 9, Manny Pacquiao will step into the ring against a TBA opponent for what is widely believed to be the final fight of his career. That night will be the culmination of a whirlwind career for the Filipino superstar, starting way back in 1995 and transcending the sport he calls home. Today, Manny turns 37 years old, so to celebrate, here are 37 reasons why we love the fighter known as Pacman.
1. He Loves Dogs
Manny wrote in his biography that he ran away from home in anger after his dad killed and ate his dog. That drove him to Manila and boxing.
2. He Turned Pro At Just 16 Years Old
There is some debate here. Freddie Roach has said he turned pro at 14, and others have said 17. The BoxRec records say 16. Either way, fighting adults, professionally, at any age under 18 is badass.
3. He Stuffed Rocks In His Pockets To Make Weight
In fact, whatever age Manny was, he was still tiny. So small, in fact, that legend has it he’d secretly stuff rocks into his pockets during weigh-ins just to make the minimum weight limit of 105 pounds.
4. He Once Did This To Antonio Margarito’s Eye
5. The Sh*t-Eating Grin During This Entrance