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Pacquiao tops Sports Illustrated's boxing story for 2010

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By Dennis Gasgonia,

MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao’s exploits in the world of boxing was picked by Sports Illustrated as their top boxing story for 2010.

Columnist Bryan Armen Graham, who compiled Sports Illustrated’s Top 10 boxing stories for 2010, said the Filipino boxing hero has penetrated the American sporting mainstream “like no Asian-born athlete in history”.

“He’s won major sanctioning-body titles in eight different weight classes, nearly half of the sport’s 17 divisions. He was the subject of a 60 Minutes profile in November, less than 12 months after being named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people,” Graham said.

Graham also cited Pacquiao’s success in politics, having been elected as the lone representative of Sarangani province.

Last March, Pacquiao defended his world Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title by outpunching the defense-conscious Joshua Clottey. This was followed by his 12-round demolition of Antonio Margarito last November.

Graham has branded 2010 as “the year of…

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