Fame came before a university education for Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao. He needs no introduction in his country the Philippines, were he is currently serving as a senator. He has a cult following not only in the South-East Asian country but also around the world.
Senator Manny Pacquiao who is also the eight-division boxing world champion was challenged by news anchor Karen Davila to go back to school.
In the February sit-down, news anchor Karen Davila asked Pacquiao if he believed that senators and presidents should have college degrees. Clearly caught off guard, Pacquiao answered in the affirmative, adding that he was actually pursuing a college degree.
However, when repeatedly asked by Davila, he couldn’t come up with the name of the school he was supposedly attending, something the senator’s fans found deeply disrespectful.
The world heavy weight boxing champion announced late last week that he’s studying political science at the University of Makati.
Pacquiao announced his return to academic life by posting his school ID on Instagram on Friday, writing: “Never stop learning because life never stops teaching.”
While Pacquiao dropped out of high school, he passed a high school equivalency exam in 2007. That same year, he enrolled in a business program at the Notre Dame of Dadiangas University in General Santos City.
Reports have it that he studied at least six subjects in his first semester in school, just a few months after his historic October 2007 win over Mexican Marco Antonio Barrera. However, Pacquiao never completed his degree. That fact keeps coming back to haunt him and he has determined to put it to rest by taking another degree program. This time in Political Sciences.