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Friday, March 27, 2009

Pacquiao among Time's most influential people

MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao’s influence transcends beyond the sport of boxing in the Philippines and this got noticed by Time Magazine in a recent poll out to find the world’s Top 100 most influential people.

The candidates list is a compilation of the most influential people in government, science, technology, the arts and sports.

According to the magazine’s website, the 30-year old Filipino boxing superstar earned a place in the list after he stunned the boxing world with an eighth-round technical knockout win over Oscar De La Hoya last December.

Pacquiao’s popularity in the sport of boxing is clearly etched in the Filipino minds consciousness that every time he climbs the ring the country experiences zero crime rate

But Pacquiao’s fame failed to propel him to victory when he decided to enter the political ring in 2007 where he suffered a knockout loss in his bid for a seat in the House of Representatives.

Fans of the Filipino boxing icon have been very vocal in discouraging Pacquiao to enter politics. He is again planning for another congressional bid in the 2010 national elections.

Pacquiao is currently ranked seventh among the Top 10 with 135,921 votes and a 26 average rating. He is behind TV comic Jon Stewart and is ahead of pop princess Britney Spears in the Top 10 list.

Leading the list is imageboard website followed by South Korean pop star Rain, TV host Stephen Colbert, former US presidential candidate Ron Paul and Rwanda President Paul Kagame in the Top 5.

Others in the Top 10 are American author Stephenie Mayer and rap artist T-Pain.

Pacquiao is ranked above the likes of Russian President Vladimir Putin, US President Barrack Obama, California Gov. Arnold Schwarznegger, radio host Rush Limbaugh, golfer Tiger Woods, Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, athletes Lance Armstrong and Alex Rodriguez, the Dalai Lamai and media mogul Oprah Winfrey.

Pacquiao is only the second Filipino to be included in the Time 100 list next to former President Corazon Aquino. – GMANews.TV


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