Manny Pacquiao: Why He's the Most Popular Athlete in the World

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Manny Pacquiao: Why He's the Most Popular Athlete in the World
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Manny Pacquiao is the most globally popular athlete today.

Not only is he known throughout the boxing community but he is recognizable throughout the world.  It is a meteoric rise for the little boy that was born in the small town of Kibawe, Bukidnon in the Philippines. 

You need to have a ton of assets to become a global icon.  You need prestige, visibility, and marketability.  Manny Pacquiao has these in droves.  Here are the reasons he is currently the most popular athlete in the world. 

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