Manny Paquiao, Manny Pacquaio or Many Pacquiao?

Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, a Study in Ortography

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Manny Paquiao, Manny Pacquaio or Many Pacquiao?

If you are thinking of the current pound-for-pound king, the Boxing Writers Association of America Fighter of the Decade and the 2009 ESPY Awards Best Fighter, then you got his name wrong.

It’s not spelled as Manny Paquiao or Manny Pacquaio. Many Pacquiao will bring you close but still no cigar.

It is… (drum rolls please)

…Manny Pacquiao!

Some people would even deliberately pronounce his name as Manny F*ckuiao. That is very disrespectful of the man.

For someone who became what he is now through hard work and perseverance and honest living, Pacquiao deserves our respect. That includes spelling his name correctly. You would also feel slighted if someone misspelled or mispronounced your name wouldn’t you?

Emmanuel “Manny” Dapidran Pacquiao nicknamed Pacman has a record of 51 wins (38 via KO), 3 losses and 2 draws. He has won titles in a record seven weight divisions from 112 to 147 pounds beating the likes of Erik Morales, Juan Manuel Marquez, Oscar De La Hoya, Marco Antonio Barrera, Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto. The Philipino boxing icon  is on a 12-fight winning streak.

Fight videos

Career titles

WBC Flyweight Champion
December 4, 1998 – September 17, 1999

IBF Super Bantamweight Champion
June 23, 2001 – July 26, 2003

Ring Magazine Featherweight Champion
November 15, 2003 – March 19, 2005

Ring Magazine Super Featherweight Champion
March 15, 2008 – July 16, 2008

WBC Super Featherweight Champion
March 15, 2008 – July 16, 2008

WBC Lightweight Champion
June 28, 2008 – February 24, 2009

IBO Light Welterweight Champion
May 2, 2009 – 2010

Ring Magazine Light Welterweight Champion
May 2, 2009 – Present

WBO Welterweight Champion
November 14, 2009 – Present

Career Recognitions

* 2000-09 Boxing Writers Association Of America Fighter of the Decade
* 2000-09 Philippine Sportswriters Association Athlete of the Decade
* 2000-09 HBO Fighter of the Decade
* 2000-09 The SweetScience.com Fighter of the Decade
* 2006, 2008 & 2009 Boxing Writers Association Of America Fighter of the Year
* 2006, 2008 & 2009 Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year
* 2008 and 2009 The Ring No. 1 Pound-for-Pound (year-end)
* 2009 ESPY Awards Best Fighter
* 5-Time PSA Sportsman of the Year
* 2008 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Honorary Award for Sports Excellence
* 2008 BoxingScene.com Fighter of the Year
* 2008 Sports Illustrated Boxer of the Year
* 2008 SecondsOut.com Fighter of the Year
* 2008 TheSweetScience.com Boxer of the Year
* 2008 WBC Boxer of the Year
* 2008 Yahoo Sports Fighter of the Year
* 2008 ESPN Star’s Champion of Champions
* 2009 TIME 100 Most Influential People (Heroes & Icons Category)
* 2009 Forbes Magazine Celebrity 100 (ranked 57th)
* 2009 TIME Magazine cover for November issue
* 2009 World’s Greatest Ever Featherweight
* 2009 World’s Greatest Ever (ranked 2nd)
* 2010 Yahoo! Sports Boxing’s Most Influential (ranked 25th)

2009 TIME Magazine cover for November issue
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One Response to “Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, a Study in Ortography”

  1. Pacquiao vs Mayweather Analysis Says:

    A fight with Mayweather will be Manny Pacquiao’s greatest challenge.

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