Manny Pacquiao’s Promoter: Who Is ‘Pac-Man’ Signed To?

Published 06/29/2021, 11:30 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, the octuple world champion, is not just an elite in-ring striker but also a household name in the combat world. Akin to the other top-tiers, ‘Pac-Man’ has the ability to grab sheer attention with his every appearance. Hence, he is rightly a cash cow and one of the biggest personalities of boxing. Besides, this stature has helped the promoters to stage several multi-million fights for themselves as well as the Filipino Senator.

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While Pacquiao has seen four different decades in his professional career, the latter stage has also seen him embrace some serious transition. The veteran boxer is also a promoter now. That said, Pacquiao’s rags-to-riches story begun when he came up with the right matchups at the right times of his journey. While he is no longer dependent on others for promoting his fights, the beginning of his career was quite different. Here’s a look back at Manny Pacquiao’s promoters from the past to now.

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Manny Pacquiao- How did the boxer become a legend?

42-year-old Manny Pacquiao became a professional boxer in 1995 and competed in 10 bouts in the particular calendar. Before suffering his maiden loss in 1996 ‘Pac-Man’ already had 11 wins under the belt. Simultaneously, it helped his promoter Bob Arum to bring even bigger matchups. As Top Rank has promoted some of the biggest boxers of all time in history, Manny Pacquiao brought a new wave in the sport.

Top Rank Promotions and Manny Pacquiao continued their journey till 2017 and unveiled several blockbuster thrillers. It also included the multi-million fight against Floyd Mayweather in 2015, where ‘Pac-Man’ earned $130 million in one night. However, the defeat against Jeff Horn urged Pacquiao to split ways with Top Rank and create his own promotion.

Meanwhile, he reportedly had a time over in Al Haymon’s PBC roster, a relationship that prevails to this day. According to the reports of Boxing Scene, Manny Pacquiao had signed with Haymon to attain big fights and it blessed him with multiple million-dollar paydays.

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In sports history, several star boxers have become promoters later in their career. Floyd Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya are two of the most successful names. Meanwhile, Pacquiao also falls under the same radar now. Although he may not have a very diverse roster, Pacquiao can still bag millions by staging his own fights.

Furthermore, the Filipino Senator is rightly promoting the culture of boxing in his home country. So, we can expect him to grab talents from every corner of the world, as he finally hangs up his glove one day.

Do you think Manny Pacquiao can be a great promoter ahead?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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