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Manny Pacquiao...A Proud Filipino

Updated on April 2, 2010
De La Hoya vs Pacquiao
De La Hoya vs Pacquiao

The Dream Match

December 6, 2008 in the US (7th of December in the Philippines), another historical battle was won by Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao against a great boxer - "Golden Boy" Oscar De La Hoya. What happened in the fight is shockingly unexpected as most of the viewers around the globe have doubts that Manny will win over the Golden Boy. Well, we can't really blame them, knowing how great De La Hoya is. Just like Manny, he was a pound-for-pound king, have won several title matches, have experience fighting in the Welterweight division, a gold medalist in the 1992 Olympics, and most of all, he is taller and have longer reach than Manny. Certainly, many will think that Manny is the underdog in the match. Manny, on the otherhand, have many things to be proud of. He currently holds the title of WBC Lightweight Champion, ranked number one boxer of the world in the Ring Magazine pound for pound last June 2008, former WBC Super Featherweight Champion, Ring Magazine's super featherweight and featherweight champion, and the list goes on. Although, he doesn't have the height and reach that De La Hoya has, Manny have the speed, love for boxing, and that high spirit that keeps him going. So, I guess, statistics is not all that it takes for Manny to write another history in boxing.

Manny Pacquiao...A Proud Filipino

Who is Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao? Manny was born on December 17, 1978 in Bukidnon, but resides in General Santos City, which is also known as the Tuna Capital of the Philippines. His real name is Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao. Pacman is known in the Philippines as "Pambansang Kamao" (National Fist).

The highlight of his career started when he fought a title match against Lehlohonolo Ledwaba, the IBF Super Bantamweight champion. From that moment, he defended his title, and have fought battles in different weight divisions. The most popular battles he fought was with the great Mexican boxers like Barrera, Morales, Marquez, and Larios.

In all battles he fought, Manny brings with him the heart and prayers of every Filipino, with full support. That is the reason why, after his match, he will thank all the Filipinos who supported him and he brings back the glory to his country. Pacquiao also shows compassion to his fellow Filipinos by sharing his blessings.


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    • Lgali profile image

      Lgali 9 years ago

      I really like this fight

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      JKSophie 9 years ago from Philippines

      I don't think he will, based on his interviews. I think he accepted his defeat like a true gentleman, and gave due credit to Manny. If he will really be retiring, it's a graceful exit for him handing down his throne to a deserving heir.

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      Ande Moore 9 years ago from Austin, Texas

      That was an excellent fight.  I only hope that De La Hoya doesn't blame another loss on his opponent or judges and gives your fighter the credit that he deserves.