More evidence of Manny Pacquiao’s rise to the level of an iconic global sports superstar: He ranks third on Yahoo’s Most Searched Athletes List for 2011. The top ten: Danica Patrick, Tiger Woods, Manny Pacquiao, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, Kris Humprhies, Hope Solo, Kobe Bryant, Lamar Odom, and Caroline Wozniacki. Read the full list here.
Pondering this, I’m struck by the fact that the “Against the odds” quality of this is really twofold — one, because 8 of the top 10 are Americans and for Manny, a Filipino who is based in the Philippines and who in fact embodies the Philippines to make it, is very gratifying. (The second non-American was Wozniacki, who just slipped in at number 10). Secondly, he’s a boxer and no other boxers even came close to making the top 10 — including Floyd Mayweather, Jr. This is impressive for Manny, and sad for boxing, which has lost fans consistently over the last two decades. But the results show that boxing still has the capacity to propel someone to iconic stature — and Manny is that guy.
Congrats to Manny and the Philippnes…;-)
Year of the Spy Book Trailer
Above is the Year of the Spy Book Trailer — for my upcoming non-fiction book about espionage upheavals on the streets of Moscow in 1985.
Below is a “trailer” showcasing the writing and video services I provide to clients.
Michael Sellers — Writing and Video Services
- How to help save American Democracy this election year
- What the Mueller Report Actually Says
- Remembering James Blount, an American Who “Got” the Philippines in 1901
- America the Beautiful? You Mean America the Pitiful. I Am Ashamed
- Betty White, National Treasure, Just Turned 95; 10 Great Video Clips from 1954 until Now