The boxing world is in a recession. Not a financial recession but, a talent recession that has been brewing for years. The sport has been looking for a new star since before Floyd Mayweather Jr. That star is Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao.
Manny is a bright star in a sea of darkness. A star that has a cult like following in his homeland(Philippines), where he has transcended the title of athlete and has become a widely loved public figure. A public figure who has taken the opportunity to become involved in music, film, television & politics while maintaining a 48 win - 3 loss record. This record is a no fluff roster with some of boxings biggest names gracing its loss column including Oscar De La Hoya, Marco Antonio Barrera, and Érik Morales.
You dont become the fighter Manny has become without hard work, determination and a great team to fall back on. His team is headed by Freddie Roach a top tier trainer who has worked with some of the best fighters on some of their best nights. I can continue my love story for this fighter but id much rather you all tune in on May 2, 2009 as Manny takes on on of my favorite British bruisers, Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton. The fight will be on HBO PPV. Also if you would like a preview of both fighters check out HBO's Documentry Show "Pacquiao/Hatton 24/7" which chronicles the fighters as they prepare for their big showdown.
Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao (pronounced /ˈpækjaʊ/; born December 17, 1978), known as Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao is a professional Filipino boxer. He is the former WBC lightweight world champion, WBC super featherweight world champion, IBF super bantamweight world champion, and WBC flyweight world champion. He has also held the Ring Magazine titles for featherweight and super featherweight divisions. For his achievements, he became the first Filipino and Asian boxer to win four world titles in four different weight divisions. He is currently rated by the Ring Magazine as the #1 pound-for-pound boxer in the world.