Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao on Time Magazine

Manny Pacquiao is going through his throwing motion at Yankee Stadium. With easy deliberation, he shows off the form he says he perfected playing elementary school baseball in the dirt-poor southern Philippines before boxing took him over completely. His shoulder slips back, his torso pitches smoothly forward, left hand and arm torquing an imaginary ball into the depths of the air-conditioned players' cafeteria, where he is waiting to take the field for an announcement. The diamond stud in his ear catches the light.                                                          Manny Pacquiao, now 30, is the latest savior of boxing, a fighter with enough charisma, intelligence and backstory to help rescue a sport lost in the labyrinth of pay-per-view. Global brands like Nike want him in their ads. He made the TIME 100 list this year. West Coast baseball teams invite him to throw out the first pitch in order to attract the Filipino-American community. He has even become an object of desire: ESPN the Magazine has his naked torso in its Body Issue, which explores the engineering of several athletic physiques.

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Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao on Time Magazine

Making his country known
Sports analyst Ronnie Nathanielsz said Pacquiao has definitely made his country proud by gaining international prominence.
“He is the one Filipino who has made his country known and respected internationally,” said the veteran sports commentator.
By making it to the Time cover, Pacquiao has joined the ranks of other international sports superstars like Michael Phelps, Serena and Venus Williams, Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods who were all featured by the magazine.
Nathanielsz said the honor would certainly put some pressure on Pacquiao to work harder to maintain his “hero” image.

“It puts pressure on him to perform well but I think more than that, people are going to scrutinize his life style even more. Because if you're on the front page of a magazine like Time, people will look up to you as a hero and heroes have to behave in a certain way,” he said. With a report from TJ Manotoc, ABS-CBN News
Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao on Time Magazine


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