On Saturday night, boxing star Manny Pacquiao is set to return to the ring and bounce back with a big win by taking down Brandon Rios in a 147-pound bout. The fight will air on pay-per view thanks to HBO boxing, so the world can tune in to see if Pacquiao can return to the win column.
As we anxiously await Pacquiao’s next fight, it is a perfect time to take a look back at how Pacquiao rose to fame and became one of the biggest stars in the sport.
So how did Pacquiao become the star he is today? These are just some of the facts that you may not have known:
- Just like Klitschko, he’s not only a boxer, but also a politician – a congressman in the Philippines
- He’s one of the top 10 highest paid boxers of all time
- He dropped out of high school, but was honored with a doctorate (Honoris Causa)
- His decision to go Pro was caused by the death of a close friend who died in the ring
Here is all you will need to know about the rise to fame for Pacquiao, via Finances Online.com: