Marc Pingris was born on October 16, 1981 to Jean Marc Pingris, Sr., and Erlinda Prado. Pingris idolized Michael Jordan. After his class, he will study his lesson and go to their barangay court to practice Jordan's skills in basketball. When he has no class he will call his friend and play basketball in other barangay. In High school, Pingris try to play in their school Try-outs but sadly he is not accepted but when he was 2nd year finally he has been accepted to their school Varsity Team. During his collegiate years, he would go to play for the varsity basketball team of the Philippine School of Business Administration. However, he started his career at the Far Eastern University, Manila where he was discovered.
He also played for the Cebu Gems in Metropolitan Basketball Association.
He was traded to Purefoods after having played a few games with the Express. He was traded along with Egay Billones. In the 2005-06 PBA season, he was awarded with the Finals MVP in the 2006 PBA Philippine Cup as Purefoods defeated Red Bull, 4-2. In Game 2 of the Finals of the 2006 season, he scored 21 points to lead Purefoods to a 93-82 win. In the 2007-08 PBA Philippine Cup Finals, he grabbed a career-high 21 rebounds, leading to his new nickname, The Rebounding Demon.
In a Manila Bulletin interview, Burger King team owner Lito Alvarez further explained the trade: “The reason lang natagalan itong negotiation is we want a draft pick, not a player sa package because we already have 17 players including the three picks we’ll have in this Sunday’s Draft.”
Barely 24 hours after being shipped to Burger King, Pingris was released to the Purefoods TJ Giants after Purefoods agreed to surrender its first and second round picks in 2010 to Burger King.
Pingris' return to Purefoods was confirmed by board governor Rene Pardo in an interview with GMANews.TV: "We have agreed to trade our first and second round picks next year to Burger King for Pingris."
Burger King Whoppers' board representative and then-incoming PBA chairman Lito Alvarez said that he felt that the trade was good for both teams, as Purefoods needed Pingris more, while the Whoppers planned to rebuild with their future draftees.
In the Llamados' second game during the 2012 PBA Commissioner's Cup, Pingris grabbed five rebounds, making him the 42nd member of the league's 1,000 Offensive Rebound Club.