Filipino star Manny Pacquiao reclaimed the World Boxing Organization welterweight title for the third time with a unanimous decision victory over former champion Jesse Vargas.
About Manny Pacquiao,
Emmanuel“Manny” Dapidran Pacquiao is a Filipino professional boxer and politician, currently serving as Senator of the Philippines.
- Pacquiao is generally considered to be one of the greatest boxers of all time as he is the first and only eight-division world champion, in which he has won ten world titles, as well as being the first to win the lineal championship at five different weight classes.
- Pacquiao is also the third fighter in boxing history to win genuine world championships in three of the original eight weight divisions of boxing, also known as the “Glamour Divisions” (flyweight,featherweight, and welterweight).
- He was named”Fighter of the Decade” for the 2000s by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA), World Boxing Council(WBC) and World Boxing Organization (WBO).
- He is also a three-time Ring magazine and BWAA “Fighter of the Year”, winning the award in 2006, 2008, and 2009; and the Best Fighter ESPY Award in 2009 and 2011.
- Box Recranks him as the greatest Asian fighter of all-time. Pacquiao was long rated as the best pound for pound boxer in the world by most sporting news and boxing websites, including ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Sporting Life, Yahoo! Sports, com, BoxRec, and The Ring, beginning from his climb to lightweight until his losses in 2012.
- He is also the longest reigning top-10 boxer onThe Ring’s pound for pound list. Pacquiao has generated approximately 4 million in pay-per-view buys and $1.2 billion in revenue from his 22 PPV bouts. According to Forbes, he was the second highest paid athlete in the world as of 2015.
- Beyond boxing, Pacquiao has participated in basketball, business, acting, music recording and politics. In May 2010, Pacquiaowas elected to the House of Representatives in the 15th Congress of the Philippines, representing the province of Sarangani.
- He was re-elected in 2013 to the 16th Congress of the Philippines.In June 2016, Pacquiao was elected as a senator and will serve a six-year term until 2022.
About the Title,
Pacquiao, 59-6 with two drawn and 38 knockouts, showed he still has a lot left in the tank but he failed to get the knockout victory that has eluded him for the past seven years.
- Pacquiao looked impressive in stopping Bradley, showing that he has recovered from a shoulder injury which hampered him in his fight against Mayweather in May 2015.
- Both fighters felt each other out as very few punches were thrown in the first round.
- Pacquiao was the quicker of the two to size up the opponent as the Filipino southpaw learned early on that he could counter Vargas’ left jab with a right to the face.
- It is noted that Pacquiao won the WBO title for the first time in 2010 when he beat Miguel Cotto. He lost it two years later to Bradley, then got it back by winning the rematch with Bradley in 2014.
- Pacquiao took time off to concentrate on his job as a newly elected politician in the Philippine Senate. After serving his first stint as a rookie senator