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 deserted 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 large and poor Filipino family. In his childhood, he was inspired by a fight between Mike Tyson and Buster Douglas. It was an impetus for him to start boxing at a gym. His mother, Dionisia Dapidran-Pacquiao, wasn’t okay with that and strictly forbade him to train. As a result, the boy ran away from home and became a homeless street kid. Despite this and after many twists and turns, he still managed to become famous and rich.
As an amateur fighter, MP was the winner in 60 out of his 64 fights. Shortly after the boxer turned 16 years old, he made his first appearance in the professional ring and defeated an athlete called Edmund Ignacio. He had 10 triumphant fights until he encountered his first defeat: he received a knockout from his compatriot, Rustico Torrecampo. But it did not discourage the young guy, and he soon resumed his victories in boxing.
During his sports career, which the boxer began in flyweight, he performed in a total of twelve weight classes and became the World Champion in eight. His fame 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 was able to 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 “heir” in the lower one.
The boxer next ventured into the acting profession. He starred in a feature film about himself with the acclaimed 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 now released a music album after he learned, quite independently, how to play the piano. He has attained the rank of lieutenant colonel in the reserve forces (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 multi-talented personality with an astounding eloquence which has contributed in no small measure to his success as a statesman. However, he made his fortune in boxing. Unlike other sportspersons, pugilists and MMA artists earn the most money in the ring. Take golf in comparison. The golfer, Tiger Woods, ranked highest on the basis of annual income for several years, earned only 10 to 15% of all his income actually on a golf course. Sponsorships and proceeds from ads accounted for the bulk of his revenue.
Salaries in boxing are different. In 2008, “the Mexicutioner” defeated David Diaz (don’t confuse him 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 two events, the merciless pugilist participated in a further 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 of the same year, the WBO champion, Jessie Vargas, suffered a debacle in the fight with Manny. But the Philippine fighter ultimately 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 will return to the ring in April the following year.
“We’re going to find him a date in April,” said Aurum to the Manila Bulletin. As we have already mentioned, Pacquiao had lost his last bout against “The Hornet” in which he suffered a somewhat controversial defeat by decision. Initially, he planned a re-match with Horn in November, but because of political activity, the “Pac-Man” refused that idea.
On January 19, 2019, Pacquiao won 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, only time will tell, but this character is unlikely to disappear quietly into the shadows. Perhaps, he will have a very successful political career. So what about Manny Pacquiao and steroids?
Manny Pacquiao and Steroid Rumors
In 2009, Floyd Mayweather Sr. said that he is categorically certain that Manny Pacquiao takes illegal steroids, but his son, Floyd Mayweather Jr., will still easily defeat him.
In 2011, one of Manny’s former sparring partners spread information that the fighter 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 a telecast of Friday Night Fights. Then Theodore stated that he had received those facts from a reliable source.
In 2018, Joe Rogan and Brendan Schaub discussed Manny Pacquiao, talking about the specific suspicion that Pac-Man was using PEDs. Joe was of the opinion that he did.
Manny Pacquiao’s Comments on Steroid Rumors
In 2011, some information with quotes from Manny appeared on the Internet; the celebrity was responding to rumors surrounding him. He said that anonymous claims about supplying doping agents 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 was no hard evidence about his “uncleanness”.
Therefore, we believe Manny. Most likely, he is clean, because at the moment we have no official evidence to support the premise that he used illegal drugs such as testosterone propionate or stanozolol. Do not believe unverified sources, which perhaps just want to tarnish Manny’s reputation. In addition, the facts speak for themselves. If you look at his physique, you are unlikely to say that it is on juice.