Manny Pacquiao Origins: Religion, Background, Ethnicity, and Nationality

Published 08/10/2021, 6:30 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – APRIL 09: Manny Pacquiao celebrates after defeating Timothy Bradley Jr. by unanimous decision in their welterweight championship fight on April 9, 2016 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)


Manny Pacquiao is no less than a brand in the sport of boxing today. He’s hung around the game for almost three decades now, and in his vast career, Pacquiao has taken boxing to paramount heights. Also, with the adversities he faced in his early life, he traced a long pathway to reach where he is today.

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Pacquiao also showed the world the importance of hard work and how it helps an individual decorate his life despite the hardships. But do you have any idea about ‘Pacman’s origins or background? Do you know what religion, nationality, and ethnicity he holds?

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Pacquiao was born on December 17, 1978, in Kibawe, Philippines. He also holds Filipino nationality alongside his ethnicity being Filipino (Cebuano and Waray). At a young age, he left his family and boarded a ship to Manila to enter boxing.

The Filipino boxing legend has always been assertive about how religion has played a part in his life. Despite being raised as a Catholic, he became a Born-Again Christian.

Pacquiao battled hardships to eventually become an ambassador of the game. He redefined the boxing era and became one of the most loved fighters on the planet. Despite being in his forties, ‘Pacman’ is active at the top and remains in the limelight as he connects with his fans even when he is away from the ring.

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Manny Pacquiao – The biggest icon of the sport?

With his prolific career in the sport, Manny Pacquiao has inspired an entire generation of budding boxers. His fan base is not just limited to the sport of boxing, but it’s spread across different verticals. Furthermore, Pacquiao enjoys rolling out steady statements with his performances, which eventually motivates people to do their best in anything they take up.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – APRIL 09: Manny Pacquiao is interviewed after defeating Timothy Bradley Jr. by unanimous decision in their welterweight championship fight on April 9, 2016 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

That said, there’s no question whether ‘Pacman’ Manny Pacquiao is the biggest icon of the sport. What is your favorite highlight of ‘Pacman’s mammoth boxing stint?

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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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