1. Manny Pacquiao (Net worth: ₱9 Billion)
Our top spot belongs to none other than the People’s Champ himself, Sen. Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao. Unlike most of the people on the list, Emmanuel “Manny” Dapidran Pacquiao or Manny Pacquiao had a very difficult life as a kid. After his father left them, at an early age, he worked at a local bakery selling bread around their neighborhood to provide money for his mother who was at that time doing laundry for their neighbors. He left his home at the age of 14 and dropped out of school because of poverty.
His eagerness to help his family made him decide to join amateur boxing tournaments and started his professional boxing career in 1995. Pacquiao has a professional record of 67 fights (59 wins, 6 losses, 2 draws) and is considered to be one of the greatest boxers of all time as he is the first and only eight-division world champion. He won eleven major world titles and is the first boxer to win the lineal championship in five different weight classes.He was also named “Fighter of the Decade” for 2000’s by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA), WBC, and WBO.
According to Forbes, he has generated approximately $19.2 million in pay-per-view buys and $1.2 billion in revenue from his 23 PPV bouts and was recorded as the second highest paid athlete in the world in 2012. Currently, he is the second highest individual taxpayer in the Philippines with over ₱210 million regular income taxes paid. On February 2007, Pacman entered politics taking a seat in the Philippine House of Representatives and won two more terms. He is now a member of the senate after winning 7th place in the 2016 senatorial elections.
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