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All Hail Pacquiao!!!

A former donut and ice water seller, now a World Light Welterweight champion, Manny Pacquiao travels some hundred thousand miles to give his opponent the taste of his fist.

Being Nickname "Pac-Man," Emmanuel Dapidran "Manny" Pacquiao, born December 17, 1978, now is regarded as the world and Philippine newest hero of the 21st century. His hometown is Kibawe, Bukidnon, Mindano but his current residence is at General Santos City, South Cotabato, Philippine. Starting his boxing career at the age of 16, he is now more than a professional fighter, but also a potential politician (as he stated that he would enter politics once his career ends[1]), businessman and even actor. He is a happy husband and a father of four children.

The 30 year-old holds a record of 49-3-2 [2], and used to bear WBC lightweight world champion, WBC super featherweight world champion, IBF super bantamweight world champion, and WBC flyweight world champion. He became the first Asian to win four world title in four different weight divisions. He is currently rated by the Ring Magazine as the #1 pound-for-pound boxer in the world.

"I was just doing my job in the ring and doing my best to make people happy. Nothing personal — I am just doing my job."
— Following his recent win against Hatton (Miami Herald, May 4, 2009)[2]. With his latest victory, now the world all sings his name to hail the new best pound-to-pound fighter in the world.

However, his memorial match would be the dream match against Oscar De La Hoya at Las Vegas on 6 December, 2008. He won by technical knockout, but his match became the second best-selling ticket of the boxing history, with 17millions gate revenue. [3]

To honour his country, during the summer Olympic 2008 in China, he is the sole bearer of the Filipino flags, although he did not fight in this competition and he was the first Filipino to do so (attending the Olympic game without actually enter the game).[2]

In Philippine, his name has become a brand name for varieties of products, from medical to food. Moreover, his biography has been filmed by Filipino production, under director Joel Lamangan, and starred by Jericho Rosales. The film entitled "Pacquiao: The Movie." He also appears in video game, the Fight Night series (FN: Round 2, 3 and 4). He became the first athlete to appear on postage stamp.[2]

There are rumours that he and Sylvester Stallone would are in plans of doing a movie, could be another "Rocky." For sure! Pac-Man is more than Rock now, because Stallone shall knows this fact: Under Philippine Laws, the army would come to Pacquiao's aid if his family is in danger. [2]

[1]Zonio, Aquiles (2007-07-29). "Pacquiao files bid for South Cotabato’s Congress seat" (in English). Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved on 2007-04-17.
[3]Sept 24, 6:14 pm EDT. "Tickets for De La Hoya-Pacquiao nearly sold out - Boxing - Yahoo! Sports". Retrieved on 2008-10-02.
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