Pacquiao on cover of Newsweek

Posted at 10/31/11 5:42 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Filipino boxing icon and pound-for-pound king Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao is featured on the cover of Newsweek magazine's Philippine and Latin America editions this week.

Manny Pacquiao on the cover of Newsweek.

Newsweek International editor Tunku Varadarajan tweeted a picture of the cover, featuring Pacquiao and the words: "Pacquiao the Godfather."

The story, written by Lawrence Osborne, traces Pacquiao's rise to the top of his sport, from his first important victory against Lehlohonolo Ledwaba in 2001, his star-making performance against Mexican Marco Antonio Barrera, and his landmark defeat of Oscar dela Hoya in 2008.

"To call Manny Pacquiao a 'boxer' is one of those descriptions that don't quite fly," Osborne wrote, comparing it to calling Mahatma Gandhi a "Hindu lawyer."

"The pound-for-pound greatest fighter on earth has begun to move beyond his bloody sport in increasingly unpredictable ways," he added.

The writer also talked about Pacquiao's rise to politics, as well as the efforts that Pacquiao has been doing to improve his home province of Sarangani.

"It seems likely that Pacquiao will run for governor of Mindanao and enter the Senate, as he says, by 2016. I asked him if he would run for President. Laughter and slapping of thighs, but a twinkle in the eye that suggested, why not?" Osborne wrote.

Pacquiao will face rival Juan Manuel Marquez on November 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, in what will be the third meeting between the two fighters.

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