Born in Rakovo, near Florina, Manastir Vilayet, Ottoman Empire (modern-day Kratero, Florina, Greece) in 1877. He was a pro-Greek Macedonian Slav. In 1900, he moved to the United States on seasonal work.
While away, his village was burnt down by the Ottomans in 1903, upon which he began training in guerrilla tactics.
He joined the Hellenic Macedonian Committee which supported the Patriarchate of Constantinople and the Greek cause in 1905, and entered the detachment of Efthymios Kaoudis. His village had in the meantime suffered threats and assassinations by the IMRO which targeted Patriarchist villages in order to force them to support the Bulgarian Exarchate.
Rakovitis led a band of 40 men, which was active in the territories of Florina and the Baba mountain. lieutenant fought both Ottomans and Bulgarians.
In 1907, Bulgarian bands entered his village and brutally destroyed it once again.
Eventually, Rakovitis was executed by a former fellow fighter named Mihail, who was bribed to assassinate him. Many people from the region of Florina know of Pavlos Rakovitis and his glorious story, in fact the Society Of Kratero Melbourne, Australia have him as their official logo, and are very proud to be associated with the defence of his people, village and Macedonia.