Manny Pacquiao caught the attention of world sports aficionados with his feat of being the first boxing fighter to have been declared a seven-division world champion. This was after knocking down Miguel Cotto in November 2009. It was considered the most watched event in boxing for the year. The Boxing Writers Association of America named Manny the Fighter of the Decade for the years 2000 to 2009.
At present, he has already managed to add another feather to his cap by adding another division to his boxing record which includes flyweight, super bantam weight, featherweight, super featherweight, lightweight, welterweight, light welterweight and light middleweight. Dubbed as the number one pound-for-pound best boxer in the world by many sporting news as well as boxing sites, his early years as a boxer was far from easy. He even weighed 7 pounds below the minimum weight division and had to resort to putting weights in his pocket to barely make it to the weight limit.
Pacquiao’s first major boxing title was for the flyweight division and he went on to win the junior featherweight world title. It was however his third title for the featherweight division that ultimately defined his boxing career. As it turned out, he had other plans and entered a music and movie career and became a politician as congressman of the District of Sarangani, a region in the southern part of the Philippines. All these he did while remaining active in his boxing career. He is not yet expected to retire anytime soon.
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