“I’m Half Spanish”: Manny Pacquiao Gives Surprising Details on His Origins

Published 08/17/2021, 9:30 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 20: Manny Pacquiao celebrates his split-decision victory over Keith Thurman in their WBA welterweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 20, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


Manny Pacquiao ranks among the most elite faces of boxing. His boxing stint is one for the ages and the younger generation draws major inspiration from the same. This weekend, the Filipino will make his seventy-second ring appearance in which he will look to strengthen his boxing resume even more. Ahead of his fight against Yordenis Ugas, ‘Pacman’, who spoke exclusively to FightHype, revealed a surprising detail on his origin.

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He said, “I’m half Spanish.”

“My grandfather is a pure Spanish.”

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Pacquiao, in the above video, admitted to being half Spanish, but are his roots genuinely from Spain? What is the original background of Pacquiao?

‘Pacman’ was born in 1978 in Kibawe, Philippines. At a young age, he left his home and took a ship to Manila to trace his dream of becoming a pro-boxer. That said, he never looked back and made his country of origin proud.

The 42-year-old is still one of the active faces in the sport and fans absolutely love him. He has remained in the boxing world for a whopping three decades and has solidified his spot among the greats.

Now, he’ll step inside the ring on Saturday night to fulfill his love for the sport and compete in a fight 25 years after his debut.

Can Manny Pacquiao vanquish Yordenis Ugas?

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Manny Pacquiao will take on his first professional fight on Saturday after a long two-year hiatus. Everyone has waited desperately to see him roll out some gratifying performances before hanging up his gloves from the sport. Hence, they will hope that the long wait was worth it.

LAS VEGAS – MARCH 19: Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines is shown with a cut above his right eye inflicted by Erik Morales of Mexico during the World Super Featherweight Championship at the MGM Grand Hotel on March 19, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Erik Morales of Mexico won 15-13 over Pacquiao by unanimous decision. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

The veteran definitely holds vast weapons in his artillery and he has every ability to beat Yordenis Ugas on August 21. However, as ’54 Milagros’ has been more active compared to the 42-year-old, it might be a turning point in this clash in Las Vegas.

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Despite that, it’ll be interesting to see how the boxing icon presents himself in this fight.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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