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Boxer Manny Pacquiao on the Jimmy Kimmel Live Show

Manny Pacquiao appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live show on ABC-TV

World Welterweight Champion boxer Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao appeared on the ABC-TV Jimmy Kimmel Live show on Wednesday evening (actually Thursday morning) and this fighter is a sweetheart. He was having fun with Jimmy, who was cracking jokes at record pace. Manny is starting his singing career in addition to his prowess in the boxing ring. Originally, from the Philippines, he sang “Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love for You” while the audience swooned. He has so much personality and is truly a nice guy and Ring Magazine has rated him the number one pound for pound boxer in the world.

Manny appeared prior to his bout with Joshua Clottey, which will be held in Dallas on March 13th and this fight will be available on HBO as a pay per view event. Besides his occupation in the boxing ring, he is a singer, a commercial pitchman, and a movie star; he is running for a congressional seat in his native Philippines. Manny is married to Jinkee Pacquiao, and they have four children. He is by far, the biggest star in the Philippines and if (or should we say when) he is elected to his congressional seat; he will be helping many of his people. Another reason to revere him is that he only received an elementary education, but received his high school equivalency diploma and is now enrolled in the University of Notre Dame in Dadiangas.

As for his boxing career, he started out at sixteen years of age and weighing just a hundred and six pounds. He was then in the light flyweight weight class. He had a series of local matches before gaining seven pounds and reaching the flyweight class. He then lost his twelfth fight and settled in at one hundred and twelve pounds and won the WBC World flyweight title.

As his weight and career progressed, so did his titles and he became the IBF World super bantamweight champion when he beat Lehlohonolo Ledwaba at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in June of 2001 and went on to defend his title four times thereafter under the great training of Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Gym. In November of 2003, Pac Man faced Marco Antonio Barrera at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Many feel that this move has given his career the jump it needed, as it was his first featherweight match and although not recognized as a title fight by the sanctioning bodies, Ring Magazine crowned him the featherweight champ.

As Pacquiao advanced to Super Featherweight, he took on opponents such as Erik Morales, who he lost to in March of 2005 and then had the chance for a rematch in January of 2006. This time Pac Man gave Morales is first career knockout in the tenth round. The rubber match between the two was held in November of 2006 and Pac Man knocked out Morales again, this time in the third round.

Over the years, Pacquiao has gone up to lightweight, welterweight, down to light welterweight and now back to welterweight. He has defeated the likes of David Diaz, Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto. Now the next fight will be against Joshua Clottey on March 13th when the boxing world was expecting to see Pacquiao against Floyd Mayweather Jr. but due to blood testing disputes, the fight will now be against Clottey. According to Pac Man on the Jimmy Kimmel show last evening, he does want to fight Mayweather Jr. and hopes to settle the dispute regarding the blood testing. Time will tell if his political career prevents this from happening.

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manny_Pacquiao

http://www.ballerstatus.com/2010/03/04/will-manny-pacquiaos-next-fight-against-joshua-clottey-be-his-last/

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Very nice article about Pacman. He sure is very famous here in the Philippines. He is also an actor now. You might want to see this funny teaser of "Wapakman" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzUWaEv3Eo0

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