Pacquiao made history tonight after beating Hatton with ease winning his fourth major championship title in four lineal divisions, the last one coming from junior welterweight king Ricky Hatton. Imagine 4 lineal championships spanning 4 divisions in 4 major fights. One shot each to get the belt. No one in boxing history has ever done this feat before.
Right now, over-excited boxing enthusiasts and sports analysts are saying that Manny Pacquiao has already proven himself to be the greatest boxer in the world for all time. However, I can easily say that Pacquiao is already in the top 20 list of greatest fighters the boxing world has ever seen recognizing other boxing greats before him. But should he beat his next probable opponent, Floyd Mayweather Jr., he will surely land in the top 10, if not the top 5, list of the greatest and the best fighters the world has ever seen.
This is a major feat for a Filipino and the Philippines, a country that have not even won a single Olympic gold medal. Manny has proven to the world what Filipinos can do. He showed them the heart of a true Filipino – an unrelenting fighter in every day hardships of life. He showed the world that you can be successful but still be humble. He showed everyone that the Pinoy perseverance and discipline will go a long way and should not be degraded by other countries. Manny is the man. He truly deserves to belong to the hall of boxing fame as one of its greatest ever in history.
But no doubt, Manny Pacquiao is the greatest Pinoy boxer the Philippines has ever had. He is the no 1. sportsman in the Philippines for all time. This makes us all Filipinos proud. And we will support Manny all the way.
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