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Manny Pacquiao’s Global Punch

The amazing story of Filipino boxing champ, hero, and congressman Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao.

Manny Pacquiao, right, lands a blow against Antonio Margarito, on his way to victory in their title boxing match, Nov. 13, 2010, in Texas. (AP)

Manny Pacquiao is an actor, a singer, an entrepreneur, a sitting Congressman – and maybe the greatest boxer of our time – all time, his fans say.

The street kid who came up from abject poverty in the Philippines is the first boxer in history to win world titles – ten of them – in eight different weight divisions. He’s a superstar called the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world.

Saturday night, he took down his biggest opponent yet. And there’s clearly more to come. Maybe, say worshipful fans, the presidency of the Philippines.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests:

Peter Owen Nelson, journalist for HBO, Vanity Fair, ESPN.com and other outlets who has covered Manny Pacquiao’s career. Read his account for ESPN.com of Pacquiao’s training for his latest title fight.

Howard Chua-Eoan, news director for Time magazine. He grew up in the Philippines. Read his profile: “The Meaning and Mythos of Manny Pacquiao.”

Freddie Roach, Manny Pacquiao’s trainer. He’s one of the most well-known boxing trainers in the world, and has also worked with Oscar De La Hoya and Mike Tyson.

Bob Arum, prominent boxing promoter whose company, Top Rank, represents Manny Pacquiao. He’s promoted fights involving Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Oscar De La Hoya, among many others. Read the New York Daily News column about Pacquiao that Arum mentioned on air today.

More: See some Pacquiao highlights, courtesy of HBO:

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