Meet the Pound-for-Pound King: Manny Paquiao!
Seven World Titles for Pacman
How far can you go, Manny Paquiao?
The world watched, the traffic stopped …the place MGM Arena Las Vegas, Nevada USA…the fight between Manny Paquiao and Miguel Cotto is history in the making. It was November 14, 2009 in America, when the world witnessed and rejoiced with the triumph by the Filipino boxer against the Puerto Rican welterweight division title holder via TKO in the 12th round 55 seconds before the end of the round. Paquiao who endured the punches of Coto succeeded in the whole fight scenes, thereby getting the nod to many boxing analysts that he’s really the pound for pound fighter in the boxing world today. The Pacman received the first-ever WBO welterweight belt with diamond stones on it. How proud his coach-mentor Freddie Roach is that his protégée reach the pinnacle of his career.
The Pride of GenSan
Starting from the lowly local bouts, Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao endured the rigors of working as helper in the fishing port of General Santos City in Mindanao.
The 13-year old boy helped his mother, Mommy Dionisia,a separated mother, make things end meet. At a young age, he acted as father to his younger siblings. He also joined the local competition in boxing in his school and in his town during fiesta. He gave whatever monetary prices he received from the fights he’d won in the competition.
At 16, he was able to fight in one of the featured bouts in ABAP (Amateur Boxing Association in the Philippines) which was viewed in the local television. Boxing critics noticed that the left-handed boxing teen sensation have a bright future in the sport.
That was more than 10 years ago. The tedious effort of Manny Paquiao paid off. His achievements in many weight divisions, winning more that any boxer could accomplish made him the pound-for-pound king in boxing.
Manny Paquiao’s team is also credited for his success. He didn’t forget his past; looking to the times when he was still struggling.
If not for the help of his American coach-mentor Freddie Roach and his friend Boboy Fernandez (also a Bicolano, like me), his boxing style will never be used to perfection. Their strategy in every bout always paid off against their formidable competitor.
One by one, Manny Paquiao demolished his Mexican boxing rivals to the throne. His most famous bouts included the Golden Boy Oscar dela Hoya and the British pride Ricky Hatton.
Now that he snatched the welterweight title from the Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto last November 15, 2009, there is no doubt the he surpassed the expectation of his critics. It’s his seven world title, and yet Paquiao is not resting on his laurels.
Manny Paquiao in Politics
Just recently, Manny Paquiao and his supporters visited the COMELEC (Commission on Elections) office in Manila and registered his party-list group as support for many athletes who are not represented in the Congress.
He is also paying tribute to his buddies in the old boxing club building in Sampaloc, Manila, rebuilt it for the old and new athletes, especially boxers who are aspiring to reach their dreams.
Manny Paquiao is headed for another journey in his life. Even he is being flooded with intrigues and controversies in the entertainment industry, still he always pleads to the media to value his achievements not his personal life.
After all, he dedicate his achievements and aspirations to the masses and his country.
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