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Manny Pacquiao in Top 10 Most Misspelled Sports Names

By Ryan Maquiñana

Paquiao. No wait, Pacquaio. Pacquiao?

Ever since Manny Pacquiao’s arrival stateside from the Philippines in 2001 progressed to global renown, scribes and fans alike have never quite mastered spelling the boxing superstar’s last name correctly.

The Wall Street Journal, using data collected from the content aggregation website Factiva, determined Wednesday that the Filipino welterweight titleholder ranks seventh out of all sports names misspelled in print and online articles.

In the report, Pacquiao’s name was spelled Pacquaio in 986 of 54,507 articles (1.8 percent), which sandwiched him on the list between a pair of NBA players -- sixth-rated J.J. Redick (“Reddick”) and No. 8 Antawn Jamison (“Antwan”).

Dwyane Wade sat atop the rankings, as 6,480 of 142,599 articles (4.3 percent) involving the basketball star erroneously spelled his first name “Dwayne” on first reference.

As for Pacquiao, the initial signs that his name would become an editor’s nightmare were evident to this writer when longtime boxing announcer Tim Ryan repeatedly pronounced the southpaw’s name “Pa-KAI-ow” during his American debut 13 years ago against Lehlohonolo Ledwaba (try reading that tongue-twister three times fast while you’re at it).

After capturing world titles in eight different weight classes and crossing over to mainstream consciousness, no one has trouble saying it the right way (PACK-ee-ow) anymore.

Now if they could only spell it.

Follow Ryan Maquiñana on Twitter @RMaq28 or email him at [email protected].

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by T.M.T on 05-30-2014

[QUOTE=Holy Hatred;14603912]The Pac haters are drawn to this thread like a swarm of flies on a piece of sh[B]i[/B]t. :lol1:[/QUOTE] So are you calling the ducking chicken pacquiao a pile of shlt?

Comment by anonymous2.0 on 05-30-2014

[QUOTE=bojangles1987;14604351]No one knows how to spell Pacquiao's name better than Floyd fans.[/QUOTE] Godwin's Law of Boxing

Comment by SeekDaGreat on 05-30-2014

I got 4 red Ks from 4 homosexual pacroid lovers. #ThumbsUpKids

Comment by LADIV on 05-30-2014

Who gives a fuk , this is not news worthy.....

Comment by Evol on 05-30-2014

[QUOTE=Squared_Circle;14603888]At least he made somebody's top 10. Well that's a lie, here's my list of list he'd make 1. Worlds dumbest business man 2. Best worst congressman 2. People who took drugs, refused testing and didn't get ****ted on in…

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