Manny Pacquiao: 50 Things You May or May Not Know About the Pacman

Bill CodyCorrespondent IIINovember 25, 2010

Manny Pacquiao: 50 Things You May or May Not Know About the Pacman

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    ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 13:  Manny Pacquiao (white trunks) of the Philippines fights against Antonio Margarito of Mexico during their WBC World Super Welterweight Title bout at Cowboys Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Nick Lah
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    A lot has been written about Manny Pacquiao over the years. But there are still a few things you may not know. So here's a few things about Manny and a few about the Wild card for those who still can't get enough of the Pac-Man. In no particular order. Hopefully they will enlighten even the novice fans.

50. Manny's Biggest Upset Loss Did Not Come In The Ring

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    MANILA, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 20:  Boxer and congressman, Manny Pacquiao attends his concert in Manila with wife Jinky and youngest daughter Qeen Elizabeth following his win of the WBC super welterweight crown against Mexican Antonio Margarito on Novembe
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    Manny lost his attempt at a congressional seat of his province of South Cotabato in the Philippine general election of May 2007. Incumbent congresswoman Darlene Antonino-Custodio won by a landslide with a final tally of 139,061 votes over Pacquiao's 75,908 votes. Antonino-Custodio's major argument against the Pacman was that he would quit boxing if elected to congress. More people wanted Manny to keep fighting.

49. Manny Loves Shakira

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    Manny used to train almost exclusively while listen to the Colombian superstar. 

48. Manny Is Friends With The Black Eyed Peas

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    Manny has played with the Black Eyed Peas on their single Champion and played with them live.

47. Manny Lost His First Fight In 1996

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    First boxing defeat was a KO in the hand of Rustico Torrecampo early in his career (his 12th fight on February 9th 1996). He was wearing heavier gloves because he came in overweight.

46. Manny Founded His Own Political Party

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    MANILA, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 20:  Philippine President Benigno Aquinoo III addresses the audience at Malacanang Palace in Manila following Manny Pacquiao's win in the WBC super welterweight crown against Mexican Antonio Margarito on November 20, 2010 in
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    Founder and president of the People's Champ Movement (PCM), a political party focused on government posts in General Santos City (South Cotabato province) and Saranggani province. His political party, the People's Champ Movement (PCM), was approved by the Philippines' commission on elections as a legitimate entry for the 2010 elections.

45. He Started His Own Foundation

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    He founded the Manny Pacquiao Foundation to help uplift the lives of Filipinos as well as people from other parts of the world who encounter problems like poverty and sickness. As such, he has invested in many projects such as a cancer research and treatment center in Mindanao. He has organized related activities such as medical missions, granting scholarships, and promoting environmental awareness.

44. Voted

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    ARLINGTON, TX - MARCH 13:  Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines looks on in the ring against Joshua Clottey of Ghana during the WBO welterweight title fight at Cowboys Stadium on March 13, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. Pacquiao defeated Clottey by unanimous deci
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    And that's before he got really big!

43. Won The 2009 Star Award Newsmaker Of The Year

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    MANILA, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 20:  Boxer and congressman, Manny Pacquiao performs with his band during a concert in Manila following his win of the WBC super welterweight crown against Mexican Antonio Margarito on November 20, 2010 in Manila, Philippines
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    Don't tell me you didn't know that. 

42. Has A Screenwriting Credit On IMDB

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    Manny wrote and produced Anak ng Kumander. A movie I have never seen and can not pronounce. 

41. Has Ten Acting Credits On IMDB

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    Cousin Manny in Brown Soup Thang is one of his roles.

40. Has 10 CD's To His Credit

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    This song is actually pretty good. 

39. Loves To Sing Karaoke In LA's Koreatown District

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    MANILA, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 20:  Boxer and congressman, Manny Pacquiao performs with his band during a concert in Manila following his win of the WBC super welterweight crown against Mexican Antonio Margarito on November 20, 2010 in Manila, Philippines
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    His Karaoke nights have been the bane of Freddie Roach's existence the last few years. 

38. Sings Better Than Frank Stallone

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    Can you believe this was a hit? Seriously the 80's sucked in terms of mainstream music.

37. Manny Fights Better Than Frank Stallone

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    NEW YORK - MAY 17:  (L-R) Boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, actor Sylvester Stallone, Frank Stallone and producer Mark Burnett pose for a photo during a casting call for the new NBC unscripted drama 'The Contender' at the Trinity boxing club on May 17, 2004 in New
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    Frank did beat Geraldo Rivera in a fight once, however.

36. Loves Thai Food.

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    BANGKOK, THAILAND - OCTOBER 02:  Rafael Nadal of Spain in action during his match against compatriot Guillermo Garcia-Lopez during the Day 8 of the PTT Thailand Open at Impact Arena on October 2, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand.  (Photo by Victor Fraile/Getty I
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    When in LA, Manny eats Thai food almost every day at a joint below the Wild Card. 

35. Never Turn Off The Champs Music

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    ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 13:  Manny Pacquiao (white trunks) of the Philippines celebrates as he leaves the ring after the won his bout against Antonio Margarito (black trunks) of Mexico during their WBC World Super Welterweight Title bout at Cowboys Stadi
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    There is an unwritten rule at all boxing gyms that the Champ owns the music. Once a hot shot Fox News producer turned off Manny's Shakira CD without asking and he almost got torn limb from limb. Fortunately it was Manny. Pacman called off the dogs and saved the producer's hide. Who knows what would have happened if it was James Toney's CD. 

34. Is A Three Time Ring Magazine Fighter Of The Year.

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    Three times, baby.

33. Manny's Trainer Freddie Roach Is The 2nd Most Popular Man In The Philippines

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    ARLINGTON, TX - MARCH 13:  Trainer Freddie Roach, who trains Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines, looks on in the ring after Pacquiao defeated Joshua Clottey of Ghana during the WBO welterweight title fight at Cowboys Stadium on March 13, 2010 in Arlington,
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    They call him Coach Freddie.

32. Robert Duvall Came By The Wild Card To Meet Manny and Freddie

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    ARLINGTON, TX - MARCH 12:  Actor Robert Duvall poses in front of Cowboys Stadium with a belt before the weigh-in for the WBO welterweight title fight between Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines and Joshua Clottey of Ghana on March 12, 2010 in Arlington, Tex
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    "I love the smell of napalm in the morning."

31. Arnold, Sly and Mark Wahlberg All Came By To Meet Manny, Too

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 06:  Actor Sylvester Stallone attends  Game Two of the 2010 NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on June 6, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and
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    They're all fans.

30. Filipino Town Is a Neighborhood In LA, and Manny Has Lots Of Friends There

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 21:  The Laker Girls perform during the game between the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on November 21, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.   The Lakers won 117-89. NOTE TO USER: User expressly a
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    This isn't one of them. But she IS from LA.

29. Manny's Wife Is Named Jinkee.

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    MANILA, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 20:  Boxer and congressman, Manny Pacquiao attends his concert in Manila with wife Jinky and youngest daughter Qeen Elizabeth following his win of the WBC super welterweight crown against Mexican Antonio Margarito on Novembe
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    You probably knew that one.

28. He and Jinkee Have Four Kids.

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    GENERAL SANTOS, PHILIPPINES - MAY 15:  (R-L) World welterweight boxing champion Manny Pacquiao is seen with his daughter Queen Pacquiao and wife Jinkee Pacquiao at the KCC Mall on May 15, 2010 in General Santos, Philippines. Pacquiao was there to celebrat
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    And Jinkee still looks great.

27. His Real Name Is Emmanuel.

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    ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 13:  Manny Pacquiao (white trunks) of the Philippines fights against Antonio Margarito (black trunks) of Mexico during their WBC World Super Welterweight Title bout at Cowboys Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Ph
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    That's right.

26. His Middle Name Is Dapidran.

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    ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 13:  Manny Pacquiao (white trunks) of the Philippines celebrates after he was declared the winner by a unanimous decision against Antonio Margarito (black trunks) of Mexico during their WBC World Super Welterweight Title bout at C
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    Don't know what it means.

25. You Can Call Him Dr. Pacquiao

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    MANILA, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 20:  Boxer and congressman, Manny Pacquiao recieves a gift from Philippine President Benigno Aquinoo III at Malacanang Palace in Manila following his win of the WBC super welterweight crown against Mexican Antonio Margarito
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    Pacquiao was conferred the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humanities (Honoris Causa) by Southwestern University.  

24. He's Defeated Fighters From 16 Countries

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    ARLINGTON, TX - MARCH 13:  Three Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders sing the United States National Anthem before the fight between Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines and Joshua Clottey of Ghana during the WBO welterweight title fight at Cowboys Stadium on March
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    That's a lot.

23. He's Defeated 8 Mexican Fighters

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    LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 18:  (R-L) Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines connects with a left to the face of Erik Morales of Mexico during their super featherweight bout at the Thomas & Mack Center on November 18, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao won after a
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    That's why they call him the Mexicutioner.

22. He's Got a Basketball Jones

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    Freddie Roach has to cut him off before big fights.

21. He's a Better Ballplayer Than Barack

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    You be the judge.

20. He Isn't Always In Tune.

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    Okay, so I said I like one of his songs. But this Kimmel performance is Ashley Simpson quality. You were a little pitchy there, dog. 

19. No Filipino Will Ever Tell Him He's Tone Deaf.

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    Quien es ma out of tune. Not sure Manny knows he's being clowned here. 

18. Has A Presidential Medal Of Merit

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    MANILA, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 20:  Boxer and congressman, Manny Pacquiao gives President Benigno Aquino III a shirt and memorabilia following his win of the WBC super welterweight crown against Mexican Antonio Margarito on November 20, 2010 in Manila, Ph
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    On November 24, 2003, the then Philippine President Gloria macipagal-Arroyo conferrd it on Manny back in 2003. 

17. Manny Agreed To a Rematch With Juan-Manuel Marquez After Their First Fight

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    LAS VEGAS - JULY 31:  WBA/WBO lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez (L) hits Juan Diaz in the 11th round of their bout at the Mandalay Bay Events Center July 31, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Marquez retained his WBA and WBO lightweight championship belts
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    This one is for the on-line haters. Marquez refused to fight a rematch with Manny at the time. 

16. JMM Stupidly Fought Chris John and Lost Instead

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    One of the all time bonehead moves. Manny haters don't like to admit this fact when they rail about the Marquez fights.

15. Manny Should Have Won The First Marquez Fight

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    Judge John Stewart called the bout 115-110 for Pacquiao. Guy Jutras had it 115-110 for Marquez. Burt Clements scored the fight 113-113, making it a draw, but Pacquiao would have won had he scored the first round 10-6. He later admitted he should have called it a 10-6 round but was confused about the scoring rules. 

14. Manny Used To Take Questions Through an Interpreter After He Knew English

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    Manny is a smart guy. He would listen to the question and then think while it was being interpreted. gave him more time to answer. 

13. Manny Has Never Ducked Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

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    LAS VEGAS - MAY 01: Floyd Mayweather Jr. in action against Shane Mosley during their welterweight fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 1, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather Jr. defeated Mosley by unanimous decison.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty
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    Again for the haters. Manny and team Pacquiao have wanted Money May for a long time. They won't give away the fight, but last summer they did give into almost every demand that Floyd's people made. 

12. Manny Gives Money To The Poor Every Day When He's Home

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    ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 13:  Manny Pacquiao (white trunks) of the Philippines celebrates after he was declared the winner by a unanimous decision against Antonio Margarito (black trunks) of Mexico during their WBC World Super Welterweight Title bout at C
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    Manny, who grew up poor, gives money to people every day in the Philippines. 

11. Manny Gives Out Loans To The Filipino Community In LA As Well.

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    LOS ANGELES - JULY 26:  IBF Jr. Featherweight Champion Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines celebrates defeating Emmanuel Lucero to hold onto his title on July 26, 2003 at the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. Manny Pacquiao won by knockout in t
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    He's really that guy. 

10. Manny's Handlers Almost Blew The De La Hoya Fight.

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    ARLINGTON, TX - MARCH 12:  Promoter Bob Arum talks in front of Cowboys Stadium before the weigh-in for the WBO welterweight title fight between Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines and Joshua Clottey of Ghana on March 12, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  Pacquiao
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    Top Rank wanted to demand a bigger cut than Oscar was willing to offer. Then it was pointed out that Floyd Mayweather accepted the same deal and made a boatload of money and cooler heads prevailed. 

9. Manny Had a Horrible Diet Before He Started Traing at The Wild Card

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    ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 13:  Manny Pacquiao (white trunks) of the Philippines raises his hand in the air as he stands in the ring waiting to fight against Antonio Margarito (black trunks) of Mexico during their WBC World Super Welterweight Title bout at
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    Much has been made of Manny's added strength as he has climbed the ranks. If you saw what Manny ate when he showed up at the Wild Card you would understand. Freddie Roach was appalled at the junk food Manny was living off of and immediately got Manny on a new diet. 

8. Dionisia Pacquiao Is Manny's Mom

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    GENERAL SANTOS, PHILIPPINES - MAY 15:  World welterweight boxing champion Manny Pacquiao's mother Dionisia Pacquiao attends an election celebration at the KCC Mall on May 15, 2010 in General Santos, Philippines. Manny Pacquiao was there to celebrate his e
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    If you've ever seen pictures of Dionisia you might think she's Manny's older sister. But the youthful appearing 60 year old is really Manny's Mom.

7. Freddie Roach Knew Manny Was Special Almost Immediately

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    ARLINGTON, TX - MARCH 13:  Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines looks on in the ring with trainer Freddie Roach while taking on Joshua Clottey of Ghana during the WBO welterweight title fight at Cowboys Stadium on March 13, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. Pacquiao
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    Freddie Roach was impressed with Manny's power and speed from the moment he worked the mitts with Pacman that first time. The fact that he took the Ledwaba fight at the last minute shows Roach's confidence in his fighter right out of the gate.

6. Manny Has Fought Two Fighters Known As 3K Battery

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    Fashan and Chkkchai Chockvivat. 

5. Pacquiao and Roach Are So In Sync They Usually Know What Round They Will Win

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    ARLINGTON, TX - MARCH 13:  Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines sits in his corner with trainer Freddie Roach between rounds against Joshua Clottey of Ghana during the WBO welterweight title fight at Cowboys Stadium on March 13, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (P
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    Ask Roach privately what he thinks and he'll know. He knew the first Morales and Marquez fights would be tough back in the day. Now they can almost call rounds.

4. Manny Takes Politics Seriously

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    MANILA, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 20:  Philippine President Benigno Aquinoo III addresses the audience at Malacanang Palace in Manila following Manny Pacquiao's win in the WBC super welterweight crown against Mexican Antonio Margarito on November 20, 2010 in
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    In preparation for his career as a lawmaker in the House of Representatives, Pacquiao enrolled in the Certificate Course in Development, Legislation, and Governance at the Development Academy of the Philippines – Graduate School of Public and Development Management.

3. Manny Really Is a Nice Guy

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    MANILA, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 20:  Boxer and congressman, Manny Pacquiao attends his concert in Manila with wife Jinky and youngest daughter Qeen Elizabeth following his win of the WBC super welterweight crown against Mexican Antonio Margarito on Novembe
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    Maybe it is his upbringing. Maybe it is his time with  Freddie. But believe me he still treats people with kindness and humility. It is amazing to see and refreshing as well. 

2. It Is Hard To Write 50 Things About Manny That People May Not Know

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    GENERAL SANTOS, PHILIPPINES - MAY 15:  World welterweight boxing champion Manny Pacquiao and wife Jinkee Pacquiao arrive at the KCC Mall on May 15, 2010 in General Santos, Philippines. Pacquiao was there to celebrate his election on becoming a member of H
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    So much has been written about the man. And he's so focused. 

1. He Wants Floyd Mayweather Bad

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    LAS VEGAS - MAY 01:  Floyd Mayweather Jr. looks on from his corner against Shane Mosley during their welterweight fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 1, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather Jr. defeated Mosley by unanimous decison.  (Photo by Jed
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    There are people who say this fight won't be made. But Manny will do whatever it takes to make it happen at this point. It is the only thing left for Pacquiao because he has nothing left to prove. He knows it will be a difficult fight. He knows that he could lose. But the best always want to fight the best.