Manny Pacquiao's 10 Greatest Achievements Inside and Outside the Ring
Boxer, actor, musician and politician Manny Pacquiao is one of the greatest and most accomplished people to come out of the Philippines. He is also one of the most influential and he continues to inspire the citizens of his country and other people all around the world.
His accomplishments inside and outside the ring surpass that of anyone else in sports right now. His ability to destroy opponents with a single punch in contrast to his easy-going personality is that of a true champion who loves to give the fans what they want while being successful in every meaning of the word.
When he takes on Shane Mosley this weekend, he will be looking to beat another superstar of his time, but it will only be another add-on to his already incredible amount of achievements if he emerges victorious.
10. Recording 2 Studio Albums, 3 Singles and 4 Music Videos
If you have ever seen Pacquiao appear on the Jimmy Kimmel Show, you will know how passionate he is about music.
Since 2006, he has been recording hit albums under Star, MCA and GMA records. His two studio albums are "Laban Nating Lahat Ito" and "Pac-Man Punch."
He also recorded a cover album called "Sometimes When We Touch," which features original-recording artist Dan Hill.
9. 3-Time 'Fighter of the Year' by Ring Magazine and BWAA
2006: Pacquiao went 3-0 against, beating Erik Morales twice and Oscar Larios once. He rebounded from his last defeat to Morales to knock him out in the rematch and the rubber match. The most impressive of the three was the third when Pacquiao knocked down "El Terrible" twice in the third round. Morales responded by shaking his head to his father and sat out the count.
2008: Pacquiao makes the move from super-featherweight to lightweight then to light-welterweight, challenging Juan Manuel Marquez, David Diaz and Oscar De La Hoya in the process. He defeated all three and finished Diaz and De La Hoya inside the distance.
2009: Pacquiao made the jump once again from light-welterweight to welterweight. His first test was England's own Ricky Hatton. Pacquiao destroyed the "Hitman" in two rounds with a vicious left hand. He ended the year with an impressive TKO win over Puerto-Rican star Miguel Cotto.
8. Making Time Magazine's 'Most Influential People' List in 2009
The 'Most Influential People in the World' is an annual event for Time magazine. Since 2004, the award-winning magazine has been printing top 100 lists of the "Most Influential People In the World."
Pacquiao made the list in 2009 after his acclaim as a boxer and a politician made the headlines, blasting his name and reputation into the mainstream.
His contributions to the people of the Philippines shines through every one of his actions, and it also expands to the hearts of people across the world.
7. Making Oscar De La Hoya Quit
The biggest question going into the 2008 match with decorated Olympic Gold Medalist Oscar De La Hoya was could Pacquiao handle the bigger and stronger opponent?
Pacquiao had to move from lightweight to welterweight to challenge the former pound-for-pound best boxer.
"The Golden Boy" weighed in three pounds heavier, but Pacquiao was the one who went into the bout at the heavier weight.
After eight rounds of one-sided action, De La Hoya neglected to come out for the ninth round.
The speed and power of Pacquiao was just too much for the boxer who competed in six different weight divisions over his 17-year professional career. He retired soon after the fight.
6. Avenging His Loss and Beating Erik Morales....Twice
Mexican rival Erik "El Terrible" Morales is the last man to defeat Pacquiao. In 2005, the Mexican legend bloodied and beat up Pacquiao over 12 rounds to win a unanimous decision.
Less than one year later, Pacquiao was back on the winning track, and he wanted revenge. He put on a show for boxing fans as he stood toe-to-toe with Morales for 10 rounds before getting the knockout victory. It was the most satisfying win of his career and proved he was ascending to the top of the sport.
The rubber match was in November of 2006 and it proved to be the easiest one of the trilogy. Pacquiao knocked Morales down three times in three rounds. Morales wanted no more and waited out the count.
5. Putting Ricky Hatton to Sleep in the 2nd Round
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May 2 was the date and Ricky Hatton planned on bringing his army with him to challenge the Filipino superstar who was becoming one of the biggest and most dominant stars in sports.
A HBO 24/7 series was used to hype up the mega-fight between two action stars who love to stand and trade power shots.
In what was supposed to be an all-out war, it was short and sweet for Pacquiao, who knocked "The Hitman" out in the second round with a devastating left hand.
Hatton fell to the canvas with his hands over his head and was knocked out cold.
4. Named 2000's 'Fighter of the Decade'
It's one thing to be named "Fighter of the Year," but to be called "Fighter of the Decade" is 10 times as good.
The best pound-for-pound boxer in the world had beaten everyone in four different weight divisions, including Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Joshua Clottey, Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito, Erik Morales (three times), Marco Antonio Barrera (two times), Juan Manuel Marquez and David Diaz.
Many of them were regarded as some of the very best boxers of their generation, and they were all highly-skilled challengers. No easy fights here, but Pacquiao made it look easy, defeating every one of them and dominating most.
3. Being Elected to Public Office in the 15th Congress of the Philippines
In May 2010, Pacquiao was elected to the House of Representatives in the 15th Congress of the Philippines.
It took two tries to become elected. He was beaten by Darlene Antonio-Custodio in his first attempt in 2007. Whether or not the Filipino citizens wanted to see him in the ring more than in the court, his recent election proves he can do both.
He received 120,052 votes the second time he ran and outpointed his opponent by almost double. He has a tendency to outwork every opponent he faces in the ring and in the court, and it was no different here.
2. The First Boxer to Win in Eight Weight Divisions
Pacquiao dominated opponents in eight different divisions. He made his debut at flyweight in 1995 at the age of 16. He actually weighed seven pounds less than the 107-pound limit, but he cheated to add on the extra weight.
His career continued to expand as his body grew in size and weight. He made his way from bantamweight, featherweight and lightweight all the way to welterweight; a remarkable 40-pounds heavier than when he had made his debut.
His opponents have weighed anywhere from 107 to 150 pounds, and he has beaten them to claim a record of 52-3-2 with 38 KOs.
There have been rumors that he may still move up to light middleweight, which would be an amazing feat and an amazing achievement in the long list of achievements he already has.
1. Winning Four Lineal Championships
Many boxing fans consider the lineal champion to be the people's champion. With multiple champions and belts in each division, it's hard to figure out who the real champion is. Look no further than Pacquiao.
He managed to not only become the real lightweight champion, but also the featherweight, bantamweight and flyweight champions during his extensive reign.
All-time great Henry Armstrong was a lineal champion in three different weight divisions, but Pacquiao was the first to win four. The comparison is often made between the two influential stars of their eras.
These are the types of things that make a boxer stand above all the rest, and he's not even done yet.