Manny Pacquiao is a Philippine professional boxer who performs in a welterweight class. For the Philippines, Manny Pacquiao is the No. 1 man. In the days of his battles, the streets are empty and the crime rate falls. He is considered one of the brightest stars in boxing history. Unsurprisingly, there are some rumors that Manny allegedly used steroids.
Manny Pacquiao’s achievements
Emmanuel Dapidran “Manny” Pacquiao was born in Kibawe at the end of 1978 in a large, unwealthy Filipino family. When he was 11 years old, he was inspired by a fight between Mike Tyson and Buster Douglas, after which he started boxing in the gym. The mother of the future world-famous athlete was categorically against her son’s hobby and strictly forbade him to attend training. This was the reason for the escape of the 12-year-old boy from home and his subsequent homeless way of life. Nevertheless, he managed to become famous and rich.
As an amateur athlete, Pacquiao 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 young Pacquiao, 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 popularity in his native Philippines grew to unprecedented levels. Pacquiao became something of an idol there.
Thanks to the love of his fellow countrymen, Manny could turn his attention to politics. In 2010, he won elections to the lower house of the Philippine Parliament, and in 2016 he was sent to the Senate, leaving his brother as his “heir” in the lower house. 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” – 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, and his wife worked as the vice-governor of one of the Philippine provinces for three years. He is not only a great boxer, but also a very versatile person. Unlike representatives of other sports, for example golf, boxers receive a basic income in the ring. Golf here is exemplified not by chance. For a long time, the top person in annual earnings was the golfer Tiger Woods. However, he earned only from 10 to 15% of all income on the green. Sponsorship contracts and proceeds from advertising accounted for the rest of his income.
As for the fees for boxing, they are different. In 2008, Pacquiao won a knockout with David Diaz, earning just over $ 3 million for it. In 2015, he lost a fight to Floyd Mayweather and received more than $ 100 million for it. Between these events, Pacquiao participated in 14 fights, in which his fee was at least $ 15 million.
Be that as it may, in 2016 the athlete’s fortune was already estimated at $ 250 million. In April of the same year, Pacquiao announced the end of his sports career, and in August he decided to return. On November 5, he defeated the WBO world champion American Jessie Vargas, and on July 2, 2017 he lost the title in the fight with Australian Jeff Horn.
Manny Pacquiao’s possible comeback
In December 2017, the famous American promoter Bob Arum, representing the interests of Manny Pacquiao, said that the Filipino can return to the ring in April next year.
“We’re going to find him a date in April,” Bob said. As we have already mentioned, Pacquiao had his last fight in July 2017 against Australian Jeff Horn in which he suffered a controversial defeat on points. Initially, he planned to hold a rematch with Horn in November, but because of being engaged in politics, the Filipino refused that idea.
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 sure that Manny takes illegal steroids, but nevertheless his son, Floyd Mayweather Jr., will easily defeat Manny.
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 Teddy Atlas from Mike Moorer, who worked as an assistant with Freddie Roach. Then Atlas made a statement that he had received that information from a reliable source.
Suddenly, doubts arise on how Pacquiao has been able to achieve this level of success. Pacquiao controls his destiny completely, and his greatness does not depend on the accusations and achievements of others. Mayweather is a champion of five divisions and he has fought in many weight classes. Why does no one ask him about steroids, and why is Pacquiao not accused of using illegal drugs?
Manny Pacquiao’s comments on steroid rumors
In 2011, some information with Manny’s quotes appeared on the Internet. That’s what he thought about the rumors surrounding him:
“The anonyms claim that a Filipino sparring partner supplied me with doping before my fight with Oscar De La Hoya and in all subsequent fights. These are empty words, as they are said by an anonymous author. Moreover, I have never worked with a Filipino sparring partner. I have never taken steroids, growth hormones or any prohibited drugs. I owe my success to hard work, faith in God and the support of my fans. Do not forget that as a professional boxer, before and after each performance in the US, I take a dope test, and I have never been convicted of anything.”
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.