Legendary Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao is generally considered to be one of the greatest boxers of all time as he is the first and only eight-division world champion, in which he has won ten world titles, as well as being the first to win the lineal championship at five different weight classes. Pacquiao is also the third fighter in boxing history to win genuine world championships in three of the original eight weight divisions of boxing, also known as the “Glamour Divisions” (flyweight, featherweight, and welterweight).

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He was named “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2000’s by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA), World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Organization (WBO). He is also a three-time Ring magazine and BWAA “Fighter of the Year”, winning the award in 2006, 2008, and 2009; and the Best Fighter ESPY Award in 2009 and 2011. BoxRec ranks him as the greatest Asian fighter of all-time. Pacquiao was long rated as the best pound for pound boxer in the world by most sporting news and boxing websites, including ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Sporting Life, Yahoo! Sports, About.com, BoxRec, and The Ring, beginning from his climb to lightweight until his losses in 2012. He is also the longest reigning top-10 boxer on The Ring’s pound for pound list.

Pacquiao has generated approximately 18.4 million in pay-per-view buys and $1.2 billion in revenue from his 22 PPV bouts. According to Forbes, he was the second highest paid athlete in the world as of 2015.

Beyond boxing, Pacquiao has participated in basketball, business, acting, music recording and politics. In May 2010, Pacquiao was elected to the House of Representatives in the 15th Congress of the Philippines, representing the province of Sarangani. He was re-elected in 2013 to the 16th Congress of the Philippines.In June 2016, Pacquiao was elected as a senator and will serve a six-year term until 2022.

Pacquiao, while mostly focused on being a boxer and a politician, is listed as the head coach of the basketball team Mahindra Enforcer. He was also drafted onto the team as 11th overall pick in the first round of the 2014 PBA draft, making him the oldest rookie drafted,as well as the shortest player and the first dual-sport athlete in the Philippine Basketball Association.

Emmanuel “Manny” Dapidran Pacquiao, PLH (/ˈpæki.aʊ/ pak-ee-ow; Tagalog: [pɐkˈjaʊ]; born December 17, 1978) is a Filipino professional boxer and politician, currently serving as Senator of the Philippines.

 

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