Pacquiao has often been described as the greatest pound for pound fighter of his generation. This is evident in some of the accomplishments he has achieved at so many weight classes. At 5 feet 6.5 inches he was the first boxer to win world championships in eight different weight divisions. He was also the first boxer to win the lineal championship, making him the best boxer, in four different weight classes. His current record is 54-4-2 with his most recent decision being a controversial loss to Michael Bradley. He has won 38 fights by knockout and was the first fighter to land a knockout on some of his more famous opponents such as Marco Antonio Barrera and Erik Morales. He even won The Ring magazine’s “Knockout of the Year” in 2009 for his knockout of Ricky Hatton at the 2:59 mark of the second round. Pacquiao is now 33 and nearing the end of what many would consider a legendary career. His fans affectionately refer to him as “Pacman” because of a combination of his name and the qualities of the video game character, always devouring his enemies.
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Early Career: Pacquiao began his boxing career at the age of 14 as an amateur in the Philippines and recorded a record of 60-4. As a professional he won his first 11 fights before losing to Rustico Torrecampo. Because Pacquiao failed to meet the weight requirement for the fight he was forced to fight with heavier gloves which contributed to his loss.
Later Career: The fight that brought Pacquiao to the forefront of the boxing world was against Marco Barrera where he won via technical knockout. After this fight Pacquiao moved on to massive paydays in his future fights netting the man hundreds of millions of dollars for fights at different weight classes with Erik Morales, Barerra again, Juan Marquez, Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley, and many other high profile boxers. He defeated all of them.