Manny Pacquiao is a Philippine professional boxer who performs in a welterweight class. For the Philippines, he is a man of glory. In the days of his fights, the streets were empty and the crime rate fell. He is considered one of the brightest stars in boxing history. Unsurprisingly, there are some rumors that Manny Pacquiao allegedly used steroids.
Manny Pacquiao’s Accomplishments
Emmanuel Dapidran “Manny” Pacquiao was born in the Municipality of Kibawe (the Bukidnon province) at the end of 1978 in a big and unwealthy Filipino family. In his childhood he was afflated by a fight between Mike Tyson and Buster Douglas. It was an impetus for him to start boxing in a gym. His mother, Dionisia Dapidran-Pacquiao, was’nt okay with that and strictly forbade him to train. As a result, the boy escaped from home and became a homeless person. Nevertheless, he managed to become famous and rich.
As an amateur fighter, MP was the winner in 60 of 64 battles. Shortly after the boxer turned 16 years old, he first performed in the professional ring and defeated an athlete called Edmund Ignacio. He had 10 triumphant fights, but after that he first met with failure: he received a knockout from his compatriot Rustico Torrecampo. But it did not discourage the young guy, and he resumed his victories in boxing.
During the sports career, which the boxer began in flyweight, he performed in twelve weight classes, and became the world champion in eight of them. His famousness in the Republic of the Philippines grew to unprecedented levels. Pacquiao became like a godhead there.
Thanks to the love of his fellow countrymen, Manny could turn his attention to politics. In 2010, he was elected to the House of Representatives (the lower chamber of the national bicameral legislature). In 2016 he became a senator in the Philippine Senate (the upper chamber), his brother Rogelio “Ruel” Pacquiao was left as a “heir” in the lower one.
The boxer ventured into the acting profession. He starred in a feature film about himself with the loud title ” Kid Kulafu”, made by Filipino director Paul Soriano. In another film — “Wapakman” (directed by Topel Lee) — he played a superhero saving the world.
Pacquiao has released a music album, now that he is independently learning to play the piano. He has the rank of lieutenant colonel of reserve force (now he is a full colonel in Hukbong Katihan), and his wife worked as the vice-governor of one of the Philippine provinces for three years. Manny is a multitalented personality with a dumbfound eloquence due to which he succeeded as a statesman. However, he made his fortune in boxing. Unlike other sportpersons, pugilists and MMA artists earn most money in the ring. Golf is exemplified not by chance. The golfer Tiger Woods ranked the first position by annual income for several years. However, he earned only from 10 to 15% of all income on a golf course. Sponsorships and proceeds from ads accounted for the rest of his income.
Salaries in boxing are different. In 2008, “the Mexicutioner” defeated David Diaz (don’t confuse with his namesake, an illustrator of children’s books), earning about $3,000,000. In 2015 Pacquiao got over $100 million for the lost bout with Floyd Joy Mayweather. Between these events, the merciless pugilist participated in 14 fights, earning about $15,000,000 each time.
In 2016 the athlete’s net worth was about $250 million. In spring that year Manny announced his retirement, however, several months later he made an emphatic comeback. In November, the WBO champion Jessie Vargas suffered a debacle in the fight with Manny. The Philippine fighter lost his title to Jeff “The Hornet” Horn in July 2017 and “decisively” retired. This bout was billed as the Battle of Brisbane.
Manny Pacquiao’s Comeback: 2017-2019
In December 2017, a promoter Bob Arum, representing the interests of Pacquiao, said that the Filipino can return to the ring in April next year.
“We‘re going to find him a date in April,” said Aurum to the Manila Bulletin. As we have already mentioned, Pacquiao had his last bout against “The Hornet” in which he suffered a controversial defeat by decision. Initially, he planned a revanche with Horn in November, but because of political activity, the “Pac-Man” refused that idea.
On January 19, 2019, Pacquiao won in the fight with an American Adrien Jerome Broner via unanimous decision (UD).
Someday Manny Pacquiao will finally retire. What fate awaits him in the future? Time will tell, but this character is unlikely to become unknown. Perhaps, he will have a very successful political career. Well, what about Manny Pacquiao and steroids?
Manny Pacquiao and Steroid Rumors
In 2009, Floyd Mayweather Sr. said that he is categorically sure that Manny Pacquiao takes illegal steroids, but nevertheless his son, Floyd Mayweather Jr., will easily defeat him.
In 2011, one Manny’s former sparring partners spread the information that he was using steroid injections. To our knowledge, information about the fact that Pacquiao was taking steroids was obtained by an American commentator Theodore A. “Teddy” Atlas from Mike Moorer, who assisted Frederick (Freddie) Roach, an American boxing trainer. Atlas said this on on a telecast of Friday Night Fights. Then Theodore stated that he had received that facts from a reliable source.
In 2018, Joe Rogan and Brendan Schaub discussed Manny Pacquiao talking about the suspicion that Pac-Man was using PEDs. Joe thinks that he did that.
Manny Pacquiao’s Comments on Steroid Rumors
In 2011, some information with Manny’s quotes appeared on the Internet. The celebrity responded to rumors surrounding him. He said that anonyms’ claims about supplying doping by his Filipino sparring partner before the bout with Oscar De La Hoya are spurious. He said he never used HGH, anabolics and other performance-enhancing medicines. Manny recalled that each fight is preceded by special tests and there were no facts about his “uncleanness”.
Therefore, we believe Manny. Most likely, he is clean, because at the moment we have no official evidence that he used illegal drugs such as testosterone propionate or stanozolol. Do not believe unverified sources, which perhaps just want to spoil Manny’s reputation. In addition, if you look at his physique, you are unlikely to say that it is on juice.