Born on December 17, 1978, Manny Pacquiao began professionally boxing at the age of 16, in a bout against Edmund Ignacio. Pacquiao beat Ignacio in four rounds. He went on to win a 1998 bout against Thailand's Chatchai Sasakul, and was named victorious against American boxer Oscar De La Hoya and England's Ricky Hatton in 2008 and 2009, respectively. Pacquiao has been deemed one of the world's finest boxers, receiving the title of "Fighter of the Decade" for the 2000s by the Boxing Writers Association of America, among various other honors. Early Life: Filipino world boxing champion Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao was born on December 17, 1978, to parents Dionesia Dapidran-Pacquiao and Rosalio Pacquiao. He was raised in Kibawe, which is located in the Bukidnon province of Mindanao, Philippines.