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Manny Pacquiao Makes it to Askmen.com’s 49 Most Influential Men of 2009

After more than half a million votes, Askmen.com revealed their list of the Top 49 Most Influential Men of 2009.

The popular men’s website stated that the Top 49 in their list this year span multiple industries and countries; through their achievements, both personal and professional, they have inspired everyday guys in a variety of ways. They’re the men we look to as role models, and history will remember them as those who best embodied the way men aspired to live in 2009.

George Clooney appeared at the top of the list in 2006. It was David Beckham’s turn to be the most influential in 2007. Last year, US President Barack Obama came in at No. 1. This year, Don Draper captured the top spot.

Our very own Pambansang Kamao, Manny Pacquiao, entered the list at no. 24 this year.

And why he’s no. 24? Here’s what Askmen.com‘s got to say about Manny:

We generally aren’t intimidated by guys who are 5-foot-6 and 130 pounds, but Manny Pacquiao is a definite exception. This 30-year-old Filipino fighter, currently the IBO and Ring Magazine Light Welterweight champion, recently became the first Asian boxer to win five world titles in five different weight divisions, leading many pundits to label him the greatest pound-for-pound pugilist in boxing history.

Pacquiao’s mastery was especially apparent on May 2, 2009, when he easily knocked out former WBA welterweight world champ Ricky Hatton at a heavily hyped match in Las Vegas. ESPN’s Dan Rafael was one of many journalists who sang Pac-Man’s praises following the fight. “It was almost laughable how easy it was for Pacquiao,” Rafael wrote. “It seems as though there is nothing he can’t do.”

The top 49 most influential men of 2009 in order are:

1. Don Draper
2. Usain Bolt
3. Barack Obama
4. Mark Zuckerberg
5. Simon Cowell
6. Michael Jackson
7. Steve Jobs
8. Roger Federer
9. Peyton Manning
10. Dana White
11. Jay-Z
12. Tom Ford
13. Jon Stewart
14. Jack Dorsey
15. Quentin Tarantino
16. Conan O’Brien
17. Ashton Kutcher
18. Gary Vaynerchuk
19. Ryan Seacrest
20. George Clooney
21. Brad Pitt
22. Lionel Messi
23. Chesley Sullenberger
24. Manny Pacquaio
25. Mark Ronson
26. Kanye West
27. Seth MacFarlane
28. Cristiano Ronaldo
29. Harvey Levin
30. Tiger Woods
31. Shepard Smith
32. Hugh Jackman
33. Kobe Bryant
34. Sidney Crosby
35. Andy Roddick
36. Georges St. Pierre
37. Chris Martin
38. Bear Grylls
39. James Cameron
40. Jeff Bezos
41. Andre Balazs
42. LeBron James
43. Dwayne Wade
44. Robert Pattinson
45. Italo Zucchelli
46. Mario Batali
47. Santiago Calatrava
48. Jenson Button
49. Lance Armstrong

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