Manny 'Pacman' Paquaio: Boxer of the People

 By: Kha Haber
When Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao decided to pursue a professional boxing career following the tragic death of his close friend and aspiring boxer Eugene Barutag in 1995, little did he know that within just over a decade and a half, he would become one of the most respected boxers in the world today.

Of the sixteen years that encompass his storied boxing career, Manny is the only fighter in boxing history to have won the world champion title in eight divisions. These titles include the WBC Flyweight Champion (1998-1999), IBF Super Bantamweight Champion (2001-2004), WBC, RING Super Featherweight Champion (2008), WBC Lightweight Champion (2008-2009), and the IBO, RING Junior Welterweight Champion. He is the current reigning WBO Welterweight and WBC Junior Middleweight Champion. Manny is also the only boxer in history to achieve the lineal championships, meaning he has won the championship title in four successive weight classes, namely flyweight, featherweight, junior lightweight, and junior welterweight.

For his many illustrious achievements in the boxing ring, Manny was hailed "Fighter of the Decade" for the 2000s by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA). He has also won the "Fighter of the Year" Award from "The Ring" and the BWAA in 2006, 2008, and 2009. All over the world, Manny has become known as the Number One "pound for pound" fighter.

On November 12, 2011 in Las Vegas, Manny will again be squaring off with his Mexican nemesis Juan Manuel "Dinamita" Marquez for the third time with the World Welterweight Championship up for grabs.

Despite the clamors of most boxing fans for a match between Manny and Floyd Mayweather, Jr., a match-up between Manny and Marquez is undoubtedly the better choice. The reason for this is that the previous two fights that these two boxers have had ended in controversy.

During their first encounter in May 2004, the match ended in a controversial draw. The reason for this is that one of the judges admitted after the announcement at the conclusion of the match that he had made a grave mistake in the scorecards (he should have made the score 6-10 in favor of Manny). Four years later, in March 15, 2008, Manny won the match by split decision (with two judges voting in his favor and only one for Marquez). But even this win was controversial since many boxing analysts have stated that it was Marquez who should have emerged the winner that night.

Since that time, Marquez has been asking for a rematch, which Manny has denied in favor of more profitable, but not so formidable opponents. With Pacquiao vs. Marquez 3 now a done deal, boxing fans are sure to watch a very interesting fight, especially since it is "Dinamita" - of all the fighters that Manny had faced - who had given him a tough time in the ring.

Will the "Fighting Congressman of Sarangani" and world-renowned "Mexicutioner" be able to stop the power of the "Dinamita" conclusively for their third match? Or will Marquez finally emerge the better fighter against Manny? To find out the answers to these questions and more, don't fail to watch Pacquiao vs. Marquez 3. Get your tickets now!
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