Why Is Manny Pacquiao Called ‘Pac Man?’: The Hidden Meaning Behind His Nickname

Published 06/14/2021, 3:01 AM EDT
MANILA, PHILIPPINES – MAY 19: < Manny Pacquiao poses for a portrait during a training session at the Elorde boxing Gym on May 19, 2017 in Manila, Philippines. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)


Eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao is regarded as an all-time boxing legend. Having fought some of the best fighters across four different decades, the 42-year-old veteran now appears to be in the dusk of his career. However, ‘Pac-Man’ is still looking out for the best competitors.

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That said, boxing fans call him by several names that rightly suit him. Manny Pacquiao is famously known by the nicknames – ‘The Destructor’, ‘MP’ and ‘Pac-Man’.

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The latter has been the most favored tag amongst all, as several in-ring announcers have used it to introduce Manny Pacquiao in his fights. While the octuple champion continues to inspire youngsters, we take a look at how Pacquiao became ‘Pac-Man’.

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The Filipino boxer never seemed bothered about stardom or fame. Coming from a troubled childhood, Pacquaio was solely focused on his career that was surrounded by boxing. As he kept climbing the ladder, stardom accompanied it. However, Pacquaio hasn’t really opened up on things like his nickname and the reasons behind them.

Nevertheless, quizzclub.com has examined and revealed a few reasons that justify the tag ‘Pac-Man’. While many people believe that the Japanese video game of the same name was a reason behind it, that’s not true. ‘Pac-Man’ comes from the first three letters from Manny Pacquiao’s name and surname. Hence, ‘Pac’ refers to Pacquiao, and ‘Man’ refers to Manny, which makes it ‘Pac-Man’.

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Furthermore, ‘Pac-Man’ is not just a popular tag in the boxing world. It also has a similar importance in the social welfare community and the political circuit of the Philippines. Following a successful boxing career, Pacquiao is also the Senator of his home country. He is also a social activist, with the Manny Pacquiao foundation.

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Considering his reach across verticals, the boxing great has made a name for himself inside and outside the sports community. As he remains one of the most celebrated personas all over the world, ‘Pac-Man’ continues to be an important nickname for the veteran pugilist.

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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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