Manny Pacquiao on Time Magazine Asia Edition Cover

Posted Nov 7, 2009 by Leo Reyes
The November issue of Time Magazine Asia edition features Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao in its cover. Pacquiao graces five pages of the magazine which will hit the streets and newstands this weekend.
Manny Pacquiao singing
Manny Pacquiao singing the song "Sometimes When We Touch" on the talk show program Jimmy Kimmel Live
Screenshot from YouTube/Jimmy Kimmel Live
Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao is this month's cover story of Time Magazine's Asia edition. The November issue will hit the newsstands this weekend.
'It's amazing', 'I never expected that to happen'. These are the initial words that he uttered when the popular Filipino boxer heard of the Time news story.
Pacquiao said he had no idea that from his humble beginnings, he would be where he is today. He is amazed at how he would land in the Time Magazine cover story. “A fighter’s dream is to win a world title and gain financial stability. But what is happening to me now is the most humbling experience of my life.” he added. reports:
“It is a great honor for me to be the face of my people and to let everyone know we are a small but mighty country,” he said. “I have great pride for all of the Filipinos living throughout the world and it is these people that I fight for each and every time I step into the ring.”
The magazine story, titled “The Meaning of Manny,” traces the boxer’s colorful life, from the time he spent sleeping on cardboard boxes in street corners in Mindanao, to the fateful day in 2001 when—fighting as a substitute—he won his US world title debut in shocking fashion via a knockout victory over Lehlo Ledwaba, the Inquirer report added.
Pacquiao is the first Filipno boxer to grace the Time Magazine cover and the first boxer in the world to be given the honor since Mike Tyson 20 years ago.
Pacquiao is aiming for his seventh win in as many weight classes against Puerto Rican boxer and WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto. If he wins in their 'Firepower' match, the popular Filipino boxing superstar will become the first boxer in history to win seven times in seven different weight classes.
Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico will collide on November 14 at the MGM Grand Garden arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. At stake is Miguel Cotto's WBO welterweight crown.