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Pacquiao ranks 4th among America's most influential athletes



by Lem Satterfield
Apr 24th, 2012

Floyd Mayweather Jr. said during a recent interview that he had enough power to have President Barack Obama carry his title belt into the ring if he ever faced Manny Pacquiao.

But it is Pacquiao who, on Feb. 15, of last year, actually met Obama and First Lady, Michele Obama, during a White House luncheon with his own wife, Jinkee.

In fact, the fighting Filipino congressman's pre-luncheon presence outside of the White House led rubber-necking and photo-taking drivers to cause a three-car accident at the intersection of State and 17th streets.

Pacquiao still is turning heads, as evidenced by his being listed at No. 4 by Forbes.com among America's Top 10 most influential athletes.

Pacquiao is listed behind Denver Broncos' quarterback Peyton Manning, formerly of the Indianapolis Colts, and ahead of the New England Patriots' QB Tom Brady.

NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson tops the list, followed by former Denver Broncos QB Tim Tebow, who is now with the New York Jets. New York Knicks guard, Jeremy Lin, is listed at No.10.
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"This is my first time hearing it. It's good," Top Rank Promoter, Bob Arum, said of Pacquiao, who was told by Obama that he was "pulling" for Pacquiao in advance of an eventual unanimous decision over Shane Mosley in May of last year.

"It's great. It's well-deserved. Manny Pacquiao is one of the mosts influential athletes in the world. I've never promoted anyone like him."

A cross-over star who was born into poverty, Pacquiao left a family that could no longer afford to feed him and spent homeless nights sleeping outside and days scrounging for food.

And since being elected to congressional office in the Sarangani Province of his native Philippines in May of 2010, Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach, has contended that Pacquiao's politics and his love for his countrymen will be what drags him into retirement and out of boxing.

Two weeks prior to defeating Antonio Margarito for the WBC's junior middleweight belt in November of 2010, for example, Pacquiao attended a rally for United States Senator Harry Reid, D-Nevada, who credited him with bolstering support for his re-election.

"Manny Pacquiao and I came from different parts of the world, but we came on the same side of the street," Reid said at the time of Pacquiao, who was interviewed by 60 Minutes for a feature which aired a week prior to his victory over Margarito.

"Manny fights for those who cannot fight for themselves. It's not enough to fight yourself. It's not enough to want to be a champion. We want to be champions for others."


A winner of eight title belts over the course of as many divisions, Pacquiao was once named among Time Magazine's Top 25 People Who Mattered in 2009 -- listed alphabetically right behind Obama in December of that year.

"There is a big difference in being a professional fighter and being a congressman. As a boxer I have more individual control when it comes to achieving my goals. I train hard, I do my homework and I fight to the best of my abilities with only one obstacle in my way: my opponent," said Pacquiao, during an interview with RingTV.com in October.

"As a Congressman, the pace is slower and more measured because of the nature of government. That is by design to provoke thought and debate so that hopefully the best solution to the problems of the nation and the provinces we represent are met in the best possible way. It takes patience and it takes cooperation."

Pacquiao takes a 15-bout winning streak that includes eight stoppages into the June 9 defense of his WBO welterweight belt against WBO junior welterweight titleholder, Tim Bradley, and has been named Fighter of the Year in 2008, 2009 and 2010, as well as Fighter of the Decade.
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rayajr's Photo rayajr 24 Apr 2012

What a shit ass list that is then.
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simba's Photo simba 24 Apr 2012

 rayajr, on 24 April 2012 - 09:01 PM, said:

What a shit ass list that is then.
Aren't you proud that a boxer made the top 10 list? :unsure:
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 simba, on 24 April 2012 - 09:04 PM, said:

Aren't you proud that a boxer made the top 10 list? :unsure:
Too bad it's Pac. That just means Arum is the 4th most influential in USA. :lol:
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 rayajr, on 24 April 2012 - 09:25 PM, said:

Too bad it's Pac. That just means Arum is the 4th most influential in USA. :lol:
dang patron
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9secondko's Photo 9secondko 24 Apr 2012

Pacquaio is a good representative of the sport.

Glad he is listed.

Everyone seems to talk about him.  I hear it at work, at the gym, etc.

Don't really hear anyone else being talked about in the same manner unless it's Kobe, Lebron, etc.
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 9secondko, on 24 April 2012 - 09:32 PM, said:

Pacquaio is a good representative of the sport.

Glad he is listed.

Everyone seems to talk about him.  I hear it at work, at the gym, etc.

Don't really hear anyone else being talked about in the same manner unless it's Kobe, Lebron, etc.
Oh yeah, housing fugitives, refusing blood tests, staying with his crooked promoters, making fighters come in and fight with handicaps.

Great rep we have :lol:
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Stxwolf's Photo Stxwolf 24 Apr 2012

It's freaking hilarious how offended Floyd's super fans get when anything positive is written about Pacquiao. :D

I swear, they take this stuff more seriously than Pac and Floyd combined
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turbotime's Photo turbotime 24 Apr 2012

:lol: I'm not sure what's worse, Floyd groupies or Floyd's groupy's groupies like STX and zooks :lol:
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 turbotime, on 24 April 2012 - 10:36 PM, said:

:lol: I'm not sure what's worse, Floyd groupies or Floyd's groupy's groupies like STX and zooks :lol:

I know what's worse. I just read the threads and comment. I certainly don't get teenage-girl emotional over this stuff like some. You guys are acting like your big sister just told you Justin Beiber sucks.
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 Stxwolf, on 24 April 2012 - 10:45 PM, said:

I know what's worse. I just read the threads and comment. I certainly don't get teenage-girl emotional over this stuff like some. You guys are acting like your big sister just told you Justin Beiber sucks.
?? No one said anyone sucks. Pacquiao just isn't a good representative. Not sure what this has to do with Floyd. You're the one who obssesses over him when It's not even a Floyd thread. :unsure:
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 turbotime, on 24 April 2012 - 10:49 PM, said:

?? No one said anyone sucks. Pacquiao just isn't a good representative. Not sure what this has to do with Floyd. You're the one who obssesses over him when It's not even a Floyd thread. :unsure:

Only thing I said about Floyd is that it's Super Fans who get all butthurt anytime anything positive is said about Pacquiao. And that y'all take it more seriously than he does.

It's very obvious that the same people who are constantly tearing Pacquiao down are also known around here as Floyd's most ardent supporters. There's clearly a correlation whether you like it or not.
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 Stxwolf, on 24 April 2012 - 11:03 PM, said:

Only thing I said about Floyd is that it's Super Fans who get all butthurt anytime anything positive is said about Pacquiao. And that y'all take it more seriously than he does.

It's very obvious that the same people who are constantly tearing Pacquiao down are also known around here as Floyd's most ardent supporters. There's clearly a correlation whether you like it or not.
:therethere:
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 turbotime, on 24 April 2012 - 09:57 PM, said:

Oh yeah, housing fugitives, refusing blood tests, staying with his crooked promoters, making fighters come in and fight with handicaps.

Great rep we have :lol:
Pac's like a cheap tux. It looks good at first but upon further inspection..
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Knackers's Photo Knackers 25 Apr 2012

Most influential would no doubt be directly connected to to most powerful product endorser.  This has nothing to do with morality or popularity, perceived of otherwise.
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