Eight-division World Champion, 10 world titles, pound-for-pound king and winner of countless awards, Manny Pacquiao seems like a Don King wet dream come to life.
We all know Pac-Man rules the ring, but did you know he’s better than you at, well, everything else?
That’s right; the Filipino boxing legend began his acting career in 2000 and started taking lead roles in 2005. Who cares if his films received less-than-stellar reviews and enjoyed little commercial success?
He continues to lend himself to various movies and television shows, as well as video games. His past television shows include “Show Me Da Manny” and “Manny Many Prizes,” a sitcom and game show, respectively.
Have you starred in a show that turned your name into an awkward pun? No? I didn’t think so.
Pacquiao, our beloved athlete and film stud, is also a congressman in the Philippines. He won a congressional seat in 2010, running in his wife’s home province.
His original plan was to represent the People’s Champ Movement, but he made an alliance with the Nacionalista Party to secure the landslide victory.
What is the People’s Champ Movement, you ask? You are right; it is a peculiar name. It almost sounds … boxing-related. Pacquiao started his own political party, and even better, he did not try to give it a name even remotely normal. When you’re Manny Pacquiao, you play by your own rules.
Did he win his reelection in 2013? Of course he did. He was unopposed, in need of only one vote.
Did you even remember to vote this year?
Standing at 5′ 6.5″, Pacquiao is both the head coach and a player for Kia Sorento, a team in the Philippine Basketball Association.
He was picked 11th overall in the first round of the draft, making him the oldest rookie drafted by the PBA at the ripe age of 35.
This pint-size point guard understands that ball is life.
I realize that at this point, Pacquiao seems like an all-around perfect creature. Could he possibly be capable of more?
Our dear champion is also a singer. He has released two albums, as well as various singles. This past September, Pacquiao sang a beautiful tribute to the NFL, with lyrics like, “NFL, oh how I missed you so.
NFL, when you left there was a hole.” A tear-jerker, for certain. Many a bride will walk down the aisle to this song.
I highly recommend listening to this superstar’s vocal prowess. My personal favorite is his lovely rendition of Frozen’s “Let It Go.” Yes, his version destroys your little cousin’s adorable efforts at the song.
Being a Person
Manny Pacquiao became the first Filipino athlete to be printed on a postage stamp. He’s been listed as one of Time’s most influential people; he’s won an ESPY, and he’s been on the cover of numerous magazines and publications.
He has had a bevy of endorsements, including Nike, Hewlett-Packard, Pizza Hut and Wonderful Pistachios.
Given his massive number of endorsements and widely-publicized fights, Pacquiao is another thing many of us are not: absurdly wealthy.
Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao is some sort of angel sent from above. He is built not only to punch people for money, but also to lead, act, sing, shoot hoops and be an all-around better human being than the rest of us.