Manny Pacquiao is easily one of the most likable figures in the sports world today.  A lot of people think that he isn’t the titan of boxing that he once was about 10 years ago, but the 40 year old proved Saturday that he’s still got it by defeating Keith Thurman to become the world welterweight champion again.  After losing a few close bouts and especially the Mayweather fight (which was conducted 7 years too late because Floyd is a poon who knew Pacquiao in his prime was his greatest threat) Manny lost some notoriety.  But now that he has earned another title, maybe people will notice him again before he hangs up the gloves.

So how much do you know about Manny Pacquiao?  You might know that he has 61 wins, 7 losses and 2 draws in his career total 70 fights.  Or that he is now an 8-time world champion and is a former “Boxer of the Decade”.  In his prime, Manny was regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time, and still should be today.  With boxing becoming a dying sport due to the massive insurgence of martial arts such as the UFC, boxing doesn’t have the attention of the people like it used to. But Manny still should for even more than just boxing.

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Manny is Senator in his homeland of the Philippines.  He also is running for a Governor position over there as well as a republican candidate.  His political career has been going on for about 8 years now and was sparked by his success and likeableness similar to that of when Arnold Schwarzenegger became governor of California.

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Manny also is a famous recording artist over in the Philippines and has over 1 million albums sold.  He mainly dabbles in pop and some country, truly showing that this guy is a jack of all trades.

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Manny’s best quality to me is his selflessness and faith in people.  I could tell you about all he’s done for his community, but a specific example I have is his relationship with legendary boxing trainer, Freddie Roach.  Roach has trained the likes of Miguel Cotto, Julio Caesar Chavez and even UFC legend George St. Pierre.  Roach’s most prized fighter though has been Pacquiao.  Quite a few people became skeptical of Roach’s ability when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.  But Manny didn’t mind that for a second.  He’s been offered to be trained by just about every fighting coach in the world, but said he will never let anyone train him except Freddie.

Look guys, the point I’m trying to make here is that we need to celebrate the wholesome and likable figures in sports today while we can.  Manny Pacquiao has proven for years that he is a good role model and fascinating human.  This recent welterweight title just makes it an easy topic to slide on to your timeline.  Bottom line, Manny is a beast in every sense of the word.

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Written by benfiore

NBA writer of Beyond the Arc. Employee, podcast host and writer for Thoughts From the Bench.

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