The ageless Manny Pacquiao, has won and taken over the belt from Jessie Vargas.
The Filipino’s champ isn’t ready to step away from boxing. The 37-year-old former champion was back in the ring last weekend to take on a younger, bigger challenger in Jessie Vargas, someone he isn’t taking lightly.
Definitely Filipinos are now rejoicing for their champion’s victory. Pacquiao is generally considered to be one of the greatest boxers of all time as he is the first and only eight-division world champion, in which he has won ten world titles, as well as being the first to win the lineal championship at five different weight classes. Pacquiao is also the third fighter in boxing history to win genuine world championships in three of the original eight weight divisions of boxing, also known as the “Glamour Divisions” (flyweight, featherweight, and welterweight).
He was named “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2000s by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA), World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Organization (WBO). He is also the longest-reigning top-10 boxer on The Ring’s pound for pound list.
Pacquiao, who turns 38 next month, is also a three-time Ring magazine and BWAA “Fighter of the Year”, winning the award in 2006, 2008, and 2009; and the Best Fighter ESPY Award in 2009 and 2011. BoxRec ranks him as the greatest Asian fighter of all-time Pacquiao was long rated as the best pound for pound boxer in the world by most sporting news and boxing websites, including ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Sporting Life, Yahoo! Sports, About.com, BoxRec, and The Ring, beginning from his climb to lightweight until his losses in 2012.
Beyond boxing, Pacquiao has participated in basketball, business, acting, music recording and politics. In June 2016, Pacquiao was elected as a senator and will serve a six-year term until 2022.