Manny Pacquiao is known as the Pambansang Kamao, World’s Best Pound for Pound Boxer, Saranggani Congressman, an actor, a host and a singer.
In the latest Philippine and Latin American editions of Newsweek Magazine, Pacquaio got another title – The Godfather!
Titled as “Pacquiao: The Godfather”, this cover story for Newsweek Philippines and Latin America is about our very own Manny Pacquiao, who is described as the Filipino boxing champ and lawmaker as the “pound-for-pound greatest fighter on earth” and “an almost religious figure, whose following is ecstatically cult-like.”
Lawrence Osborne, the author of the article, also covered how Pacquiao rose to popularity, how the current most popular boxing champion in the world spends his time outside the ring and how he amazingly crossed the boundaries of sports.
“To call Manny Pacquiao a boxer is one of those descriptions that don’t quite fly, like calling Mahatma Gandhi a Hindu lawyer,” he wrote.
The writer visited the boxer’s P35 million mansion in General Santos. In an up close interview, Osborne found what he wanted to hear from Pacquiao.
“It’s like being the parent of the whole Filipino people. I fulfill all my promises, unlike most politicians in this country,” Pacuiao told Osborne.
“Did you enjoy the hospital ceremony this morning? Sarangani, the place I grew up, doesn’t even have a hospital, not even one – 500,000 people and no hospital. So I built a hospital. Remember, I don’t need to enter politics. I have all the money I need. I could just be enjoying myself. But I have a duty to the people. I want to set the new example, to change the Philippines,” the People’s Champ added.
Meanwhile, Manny Pacquiao temporarily left his politics and showbiz responsibilities to prepare for his third fight against Juan Manuel Marquez on November 12, 2011.