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.