Pacquiao's 10 Best Achievements Outside the Ring
His name is Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao, but most people simply know him as Manny.
The eight-division world champion is actually a man of many names, including The People's Champ, Pac-Man, The Fighting Congressman, Pambansan Kamao (National Fist) and the Fighting Pride of the Philippines.
It's hard to have one name describe a man of many accomplishments, but "Champion" seems the most suitable when looking back on his life.
As far as the Filipino boxer's accomplishments go inside the ring, there are more outside of it, making his long list of names an integral source of what makes up the 32-year-old.
These are his 10 greatest achievements from outside the ropes.
No. 10: Starring in 8 Films from 2000 to 2009
Pacquiao has always had an interest in acting and film, and it all began in 2000 when he played Dong in a comedy/romance film called Di Ko Kayang Tanggapin. It was his first starring role, and one that came shortly after he lost a fight to Medgoen Singsurat in 1999.
Realizing that film would not be his key to greatness, he returned to the ring and would only star in one film between 2001 and 2008.
He returned to star in his biggest film, Wapakman, in 2009.
No. 9: Rough Beginnings and the Rise From
Being the son of separate parents in Bukidnon, Philippines, Manny had no choice but to be the man of the house in his childhood years. It meant the difference between having nothing and having a little something, if you can even call it that.
Despite growing out of poverty later in his life due to his success boxing, Pacquiao has never lost his personal connection to the tough times, and he continually gives back to the people of his country.
If you asked him, he'd probably say his wish is not to have a great life, but to let everyone have a good life.
No. 8: A Long List of National Achievements
There are many things more important than just being a world champion, and it's being the people's champion.
For Pacquiao, he is that on its highest level, and his awards and accomplishments show for it. As the most popular Filipino to go from rags to riches, he shows everyone that anything is possible, and the hope he instills in people is something that is continually merited with honors and awards.
His rise to greatness all came into perspective when he knocked out Marco Antonio Barrera on Nov. 15, 2003. He was awarded with the Philippines Presidential Medal of Merit shortly after. He would receive it again eight years later when he beat Antonio Margarito in 2010.
His other awards include earning the Congressional Medal of Achievement (2003/2009), Order of Lakandula with the rank of Kampeon Habambuhay (2006), Order of Sikatuna with the rank of Datu (Grand Cross) with Gold distinction (2009) and Philippine Legion of Honor with the rank of Pinuno "officer" (2008).
No. 7: Success in Music (2 Studio Albums, 3 Singles, 4 Music Videos)
Music is a passion of Manny's, and if anyone has ever seen him make appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live, it's not hard to see why.
Since 2006, he has been recording hit albums under Star, MCA and GMA records. His two studio albums are "Laban Nating Lahat Ito" and "Pac-Man Punch."
He also recorded a cover album called "Sometimes When We Touch," which features original-recording artist Dan Hill.
No. 6: Being Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in the Philippine Army
Before Manny ever considered becoming a professional boxer, he had intentions of joining the military. He eventually did when he enlisted in the military reserve force as an Army Private.
His accomplishments in boxing didn't keep him from eventually joining the Philippine Army, and in 2011, he became a military reservist with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel for the 15th Ready Reserve Division.
“The exemplary traits of Pacquiao as a warrior in the boxing ring are worthy of emulation by every Army soldier,” said Army spokesman Col. Antonio Parlade as Pacquiao was made an honorary member.
“In our military service, we are required to possess the same attributes as we face the various challenges in our different assignments, especially in the harshest conditions of the battlefield," Parlade continued. "If you have courage and determination, you can spell the difference in your endeavors."
No. 5: Earning High School Diploma and Enrolling in College
Poverty kept Pacquiao from earning his high school diploma when he was a teenager, but it didn't keep him from coming back in 2007 to pick up where he left off in his education.
He received his diploma in 2007 from the Philippine Department of Education and soon enrolled at the Notre Dame of Dadiangas University to gain a degree in Business Management.
To prepare for his career as a lawmaker in the House of Representatives, Pacquiao also enrolled in the Certificate Course in Development, Legislation and Governance at the Development Academy of the Philippines.
No. 4: Starting the Manny Pacquiao Foundation
Pacquiao is all about putting energy back into the people, and he wouldn't want it to be anything but positive.
From the Manny Pacquiao Foundation's website:
The Manny Pacquiao Foundation was established to harness and direct global charitable giving and the goodwill of Mr. Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao’s supporters and fans to support specific philanthropic core areas close to the Pacman’s heart. Our mission statement is to foster, support and transform the health, education and overall social well-being of disadvantaged communities in the Philippines and in other countries by building partnerships, developing opportunities and creating sustainable solutions.
The Foundation has three main goals, which include "providing help to medical, education and social welfare programs to disadvantaged communities in the Philippines, establishing and developing sports facilities for at-risk youth and the disabled and to provide financial assistance to families of amateur and professional boxers who are undergoing financial hardship."
No. 3: Voted 2000s Fighter of the Decade
It's one thing to be named "Fighter of the Year," but to be called "Fighter of the Decade" is 10 times as good.
The best pound-for-pound boxer in the world had beaten everyone in four different weight divisions, including Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Joshua Clottey, Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito, Erik Morales (three times), Marco Antonio Barrera (two times), Juan Manuel Marquez and David Diaz.
Many of them were regarded as some of the very best boxers of their generation, and they were all highly-skilled challengers. No easy fights here, but Pacquiao made it look easy, defeating every one of them and dominating most.
No. 2: Making Time Magazine's Most Influential People List
The "Most Influential People in the World" is an annual event for Time magazine. Since 2004, the award-winning magazine has been printing Top 100 lists of the "Most Influential People In the World."
Pacquiao made the list in 2009 after his acclaim as a boxer and a politician made the headlines, blasting his name and reputation into the mainstream.
His contributions to the people of the Philippines shines through every one of his actions, and it also expands to the hearts of people across the world.
No. 1: Being Elected to Public Office in the 15th Congress of Philippines
In May 2010, Pacquiao was elected to the House of Representatives in the 15th Congress of the Philippines.
It took two tries to become elected. He was beaten by Darlene Antonio-Custodio in his first attempt in 2007. Whether or not the Filipino citizens wanted to see him in the ring more than in the court, his recent election proves he can do both.
He received 120,052 votes the second time he ran, almost twice the amount of his opponent. He has a tendency to outwork every opponent he faces in the ring and in the court, and it was no different here.