Manny Pacquiao, Senator of the Philippines, is also recognized as arguably the best pound for pound fighter in the world.
California Life caught up with Pacquiao and his trainer Freddie Roach before the big fight.
Roach explained that he will always predict a knock out, even when Pacquiao cannot. The Filipino fighter was aware his 2½ inch height disadvantage could have caused him some trouble.
Promotor Bob Arum called Mayweather a coward, stating that even on his best day he could never beat Pacquiao.
Pacquiao prevailed as the winner in “The Event” against his opponent Clottey. After the 2010 match with Mayweather fell through, Pacquiao went into semi-retirement to purse a career in politics.
Boxing fans were left unknowing who would win a Pacquiao v. Mayweather showdown until the two fought in “The Fight of the Century” in 2015. Mayweather won the contest by unanimous decision.
Pacquiao currently serves as a Senator of the Philippines under the United Nationalist Alliance party. His politics couldn’t keep him out of the ring for long, and the legendary boxer continues to fight as a boxing hero as well as a political icon.
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