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He Who Had Nothing – A Story Bigger Than Boxing 3

Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao was born on December 17, 1978 in Kibawe, Bukidnon, Philippines, to parents Dionisia and Rosalio Pacquiao. He was the second child-and the eldest son-of the couple. Bukidnon is one of the provinces located in Mindanao, the second largest island of the Philippines. The island is rich in natural endowments and is a major supplier of agricultural products to the rest of country.

Manny Pacquiao – A Story Bigger Than Boxing – 2

From where we stand, Manny Pacquiao is the GOAT (greatest of all time). A possible loss to Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto on November 14, 2009 at Las Vegas, Nevada, can bring down somewhat his statistical bearing (in which case Oscar De La Hoya should inch upward), but until then Pacquiao’s place at the top of the heap is tenable. If he wins against Cotto, his GOAT badge can hardly be disputed.

Remembering Oscar De La Hoya

For the first time in history since boxing became part of the Olympics, the US was almost shut out of the gold hunt in that event at the Barcelona Games in 1992. Thanks to Oscar De La Hoya, the US Boxing Team did not go home totally empty-handed. De La Hoya won the gold in the featherweight division and, from then on, the world would refer to him as the “Golden Boy.”

Remembering Mike Tyson

If Roberto Duran was born with “Hands Of Stone,” Mike Tyson grew up as a child with a pent up rage in his heart. Like many boys his age, Tyson grew pigeons. One day thugs bullied him. Somebody decapitated one of his pets, beheading it with bare hands.

Remembering Muhammad Ali

Ali recaptured his crown when he dethroned George Foreman on October 30, 1974 in Kinshasha, Zaire (now Congo). After seeing his defeat to Frazier, who had KOd 22 of his 26 victims at the time they first met, fight fans were back at not taking Ali too seriously.

Remembering Roberto Duran

Legend has it that Roberto Duran swam across rivers in his hometown to steal mangoes at the other side. It was his way of ensuring that he would find himself involved in fisticuffs.

Remembering Willie Pep

When it came to “hit and don’t get hit” approach to boxing, Willie Pep had no equal. That was how he earned his “Will o’ the Wisp” alias. And that, essentially, was how he won 95 percent of his career fights. It must be remembered that boxing rules adopted in 1929 recognized the value of defense in boxing. The rules stated, among other things, that…

Remembering Henry Armstrong

Aspiring and average boxers may do well to draw inspiration from Henry Armstrong. Early in his career, Armstrong hardly made an impression he would go on to become one of the world’s greatest fighters.

Remembering Benny Leonard

From the beginning few had doubted that Benny Leonard would embrace a life in the square ring. He ducked regulations to be able to launch his professional boxing career at 15, got knocked out in his first fight, but came back to become one of the greatest lightweights in boxing history.

Remembering Julio Cesar Chavez

Probably the greatest fighter that Mexico has ever produced, Julio Cesar Chavez is also one of the world’s best boxers. He was undefeated in his first 90 professional fights.

Remembering Roy Jones Jr

The guy made himself one-of-a-kind when he jumped from middleweight all the way up to heavyweight, collecting titles at every stop. No other fighter, living or dead, has done that since 1897, when England’s Bob Fitzsimmons crossed the imaginary boxing divide.

Remembering Shane Mosley

In a fair contest, beating a great boxer means you are a greater boxer. Sugar Shane Mosley has twice beaten a great competitor in Oscar De La Hoya, and that should be enough to ensure his lofty standing in places where the likes of De La Hoya are revered.

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