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Photos: Manny Pacquiao Arrives Home To a Hero's Welcome

Manny Pacquiao, who won back the welterweight world title in stunning fashion on Sunday, is idolised by tens of millions in the poverty-afflicted Philippines after rising from the streets to the pinnacle of boxing. (Photos by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions)

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Known to his countrymen in the Asian archipelago as "The National Fist", Pacquiao knocked out Argentine Lucas Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur to be crowned World Boxing Association welterweight champion at the age of 39.

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To most of the 105 million Filipino population, the winner of an unparalleled eight world championships in different weight divisions is a beloved national symbol and living proof that success is possible with hard work even if you are dirt-poor.

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Pacquiao, 39, declared a net worth of 2.946 billion pesos ($56.2 million) in 2017 and placed 20th in Forbes' list last year of the highest-paid athletes of all time with total earnings of $510 million.

He has successfully parlayed his boxing fame into a political career, getting elected to the House of Representatives and then, in 2016, to the Senate, a high-profile, national position which is often used as a stepping-stone to the presidency.

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He admits to having considered running for president someday and many Filipinos are urging him on.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was ringside at the Axiata Arena Sunday to see his old friend triumph and has even mentioned "Pac-Man" as a possible successor.

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Pacquiao has also served as a celebrity endorser for products ranging from appliances to pizza and cars, hosted TV shows, starred in movies and had an improbable stint as a professional basketball player and coach.

He launched his own professional basketball league in 2017 and last month founded his own cryptocurrency, the "PAC Token".

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Known for his generosity and common touch, he has given away huge amounts to friends, supporters and to the poor. He is known for accommodating his fans, letting them watch his training sessions.

The 1.66-metre (5ft 5.5in) southpaw began his professional ring career as a teenager, and in 23 years has compiled a 60-7-2 win-loss-draw record with 39 knockouts.

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In the ring he is a volume power puncher who uses lightning footwork to create angles with which to deliver flurries, the likes of which have felled Oscar de la Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera.

The son of a deadbeat father, Pacquiao dropped out of high school at 14, sold doughnuts on the roadside and became a grocery stacker to help his mother support two younger siblings. He became a pro boxer at 17.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by pasawayako on 07-18-2018

The one and only 8 division champion and 5 division lineal champion.

Comment by TJ highway on 07-18-2018

[QUOTE=skinnystev;18943177]hey manny if your so bad rematch horn[/QUOTE] [B]LOL! All the Aussies coming out of "The Outback!"[/B]

Comment by Boxing 956 on 07-16-2018

[QUOTE=komandante;18943744]Pac owes IRS $20mil:usa1:[/QUOTE] Does he owe u anything? Then whats it to you? This is a boxing forum not a debt collection forum.

Comment by Tony Mangtana on 07-16-2018

This is for the ‘regular’ title. So PAC didn’t fancy facing Spence, Crawford or Thurman? I wonder why that is?? Why aren’t we sticking Manuel Charr on the main pages for winning the ‘regular’ title at heavyweight? What amount of…

Comment by komandante on 07-16-2018

Pac owes IRS $20mil:usa1:

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