Manny Pacquiao Makes it to TIME’s 25 People Who Mattered in 2009

After gracing the cover of TIME Magazine Asia edition last November, our Pambansang Kamao was shortlisted by the international publication as one of the 25 public figures from around the world in the running for Person of the Year.

TIME magazine has this to say about Manny Pacquiao:

“Manny Pacquiao was considered a savior by two groups of people this year: Filipinos and boxing aficionados. For his countrymen, the diminutive (5 ft. 6 in. and change) pugilist once again proved that their archipelago could produce more than tales of violence, poverty and natural disaster — that there was some undefined quality that could produce a fighter of such speed, resiliency and charisma as to be a living legend. For boxing fans,Pacquiao defied physics, rising through six weight classes to win seven world titles — and galvanizing the sport like no other boxer in years. His two bouts this year were among the most dramatic in the sport: his second-round knockout of Ricky Hatton and his terrifying demolition of the rock-solid Miguel Cotto over 11 rounds.”

In the “People Who Mattered” poll, Pacquiao was ranked at No. 13 with an average rating of 47 after getting 3,076 votes. Winning the poll and was declared 2009 Person of the Year by TIME magazine is US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

In the people’s votes, Pacman ranked 8th behind Twilight stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart who were both voted at no. 7.

People Who Mattered in 2009

1. Neda Agha-Soltan
2. Glenn Beck
3. Lloyd Blankfein
4. Rahm Emanuel
5. Dr. Thomas Frieden
6. Jon and Kate Gosselin
7. Hamid Karzai
8. Adam Lambert
9. Jay Leno and David Letterman
10. Bernie Madoff
11. Alan Mulally
12. Barack Obama
13. Manny Pacquiao
14. Sarah Palin
15. Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart of Twilight
16. Alex Rodriguez
17. Olympia Snowe
18. Sonia Sotomayor
19. Chesley B. (Sully) Sullenberger III
20. Taylor Swift
21. The Twitter Guys
22. Joe Wilson
23. Tiger Woods
24. Manuel Zelaya and Roberto Micheletti
25. Zhou Xiaochuan

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