He started boxing in 1995 when he was still 16 years old. No one really expected that he would be a popular boxer. Today, Manny Paquiao is popularly known as the "pound for pound" Champion.
Manny Pacquiao's Ladder to Success:
Manny fought for his titles and faced a lot of popular boxers. Most of the boxers who were in line were the famous Mexican boxers. His first fight was against a Mexican Legend in boxing, Marco Antonio Barrera He won against Barrera with a TKO (Technical Knock Out) in the 11th round of the match. It didn't reach a year he had another match against another Mexican. He went against Juan Manuel Marquez which is also another well known Mexican boxer. The match ended with a decision which was a draw.
The fight for Manny that made him popular was his fight against the Hero of Thailand who was known as Fahsan 3k Battery. The fight only lasted for 4 rounds. In this match, Manny's powerful left hand was revealed to the sport of boxing. Fahsan both feet lifted when Pacquiao got him with his powerful left hand. His legacy started in the year 2001 when he had a title shot at the IBF Super Bantamweight Championship.
His third Mexican opponent was Erik Morales. this time the match was really exciting even though Pacquiao lost by a unanimous decision he really showed a good fight. But after six month after his lose against Morales he had another fight and it was against Hector Velasquez. Manny showed that he can really fight and he won against Velasquez. People wanted a re-match of Pacquiao VS Morales because they believe that Pacquiao can beat Morales. So they had a re-match, Pacquiao won in their rematch with another TKO.
After his win against Morales he would still be facing 2 more Mexcian boxers. The next one he faced was Oscar Larios. Pacquiao won against Larios with another TKO. His win against Larios created a lot of controversy regarding his wins. Since his match against Morales is tied (1-1) they wanted a tie breaker. They had a third match, once again Pacquiao proved that he can beat Morales.
Since he won against the best boxers, he was named the Boxer of the Year in 2006.
His legacy didn't stop their, he had some several fights that made him deserve to be called the boxer of the year. He fought against Jorge Solis another Mexican. Suffering a head butt in this fight he still managed to win the match. After his win against Solis they still questioned his talent and power. Barrera wanted another re-match to prove that he can beat Pacquiao. But Barrera failed and lost which was his announced final fight of his career.
A really popular boxer wanted to test his strength because he won against all the famous Mexcian Boxers. His next opponent was the famous Oscar "the Golden Boy" De La Hoya. It was a fight that has a lot of intensity. Pacquiao managed to beat De La Hoya and probably the last Mexican that he has to face.
Manny Pacquiao was announced the "Pound for Pound" Champion after winning 4 titles in different weight categories.