He is the first and only eight-division world champion in which he has won ten world titles, as well as the first to win the lineal championship in four different weight classes. According to Forbes, he was the 2nd highest paid athlete in the world as of 2015.
He was named "Fighter of the Decade" for the 2000s (decade) by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA), World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Organization (WBO). He is also a three-time The Ring and BWAA "Fighter of the Year," winning the award in 2006, 2008, and 2009, and the Best Fighter ESPY Award in 2009 and 2011.
He is currently ranked number seven on the Ring and the longest reigning top-10 on the pound-for-pound list. BoxRec ranks him as the greatest Asian fighter of all-time.
He was long rated as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world by most sporting news and boxing websites, includingESPN, Sports Illustrated, Sporting Life, Yahoo! Sports, About.com, BoxRec and The Ring from his climb to Lightweight until his losses in 2012.
Pacquiao, while mostly focused on being a boxer and a congressman, is listed as the head coach of the basketball team Mahindra Enforcers. He was also drafted onto the team as 11th overall pick in the first round of the 2014 PBA draft, making him the oldest rookie drafted as well as the shortest player and the first dual-sport athlete in the Philippine Basketball Association. He played 7 minutes of one of the team's games. Pacquiao also owns a team in the PBA Developmental League (PBA D-League), the MP Hotel Warriors, and partnered with Powervit, a Filipino vitamin brand, to form a team in the ASEAN Basketball League, the Pacquiao Powervit Pilipinas Aguilas, which is named after him. However, Pacquiao reportedly stopped giving support to the Aguilas and left the team ownership solely to the former team co-owner Dick Balajadia, and so the team was renamed Pilipinas MX3 Kings.
By Blessing Okeke
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