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June 28, 2008

MANILA, June 28 — On June 28, 2008, then 29-year-old Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao made world history by becoming the first Filipino, and first Asian, to hold four concurrent world boxing championship belts in four different boxing weight divisions, by defeating Mexican David Diaz at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Born on December 17, 1978 in Kibawe, Bukidnon, Pacquiao started his professional boxing career when he was just 16 years of age and weighed 106 pounds (1 pound above the minimum lightweight division).

His early light-flyweight division fights took place in small local venues and were shown on Vintage Sports’ Blow-by-Blow, an evening boxing show. His professional debut was a four-round bout against Edmund "Enting" Ignacio on January 22, 1995, which Pacquiao won via decision, becoming an instant star of the program.

His big break came on June 23, 2001 when he grabbed the IBF Super Bantamweight title from African boxer Benedict Ledwaba.

At present, Pacquiao is the first boxer in history to win seven world titles in seven different weight divisions. In addition, he is the only boxer to win the lineal championship in four different weight classes — World Flyweight Champion, World Featherweight Champion, World Super Featherweight Champion and World Light Welterweight Champion.

He is also holding the WBO World Welterweight Champion (Super Champion) and The Ring World Junior Welterweight Champion.

Last March 13, 2010, Pacquiao successfully defended his WBO Welterweight title against Ghanaian Joshua Clottey, dominating perfectly all the round of the match held inside the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Aside from being a boxer, Pacquiao was elected on May 10, 2010 as congressman representing the province of Sarangani, thus establishing the record of being the first active boxer to become a congressman in the Philippines. (PNA)

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