Kahit anong pagpapapansin ang ginagawa ni WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr., hindi niya maaagaw ang pound-for-pound title kay Manny Pacquiao na lumalabas na pinakapopular na atleta sa buong mundo base sa top searches sa Google noong taong 2011.
Sa artikulo ni Leroy Cleveland sa FightSaga.com na may pamagat na “Manny Pacquiao—The World’s Most Popular Athlete?” ay lumitaw na sa taunang Zeitgeist na pagtatasa ng Google sa lahat ng uri ng isports na pinakamaraming naghahanap sa pangalan ni Pacquiao
“Zeitgeist means ‘the spirit of the times’, and Google reveals this spirit through the aggregation of millions of search queries they receive every day, year after year,” ayon kay Cleveland. “Last month, Google’s annual Zeitgeist showcased Google’s top searches for 2011 across various categories. The most searched athlete in the United States in 2011 was boxing’s WBO Welterweight Champion Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KO), according to the world’s largest search engine.”
Malaking ambag sa pamamayani ni Pacquiao sa Google ang dalawang laban niya noong 2011 na kapwa napagwagihan ng Pinoy boxer.
”Pacquiao fought twice in 2011, successfully defending his welterweight (147lb/66.7kg) title belt against fellow boxing legends Sugar Shane Mosley and Juan Manuel Marquez,” ayon pa sa ulat.
“While the Filipino superstar easily defeated Sugar Shane via a lopsided 12-round unanimous decision in May, his third meeting in November against fellow top 5 pound-for-pound pugilist Juan Manuel Marquez ended in controversy as Pacquiao was awarded a close, majority decision in a bout many fans and experts thought Marquez did enough to win.”
”In addition to being, arguably, one of the two best fighters in the world pound-for-pound, Manny Pacquiao is a singer and Member of the Filipino Congress. Those traits, along with the ongoing Pacquiao-Mayweather ‘fight saga’ likely contributed to Pac Man’s No. 1 Google ranking in Sports/Athletes last year,” paliwanag ni Cleveland. “Google also rated ‘Pacquiao vs Mosley’ the 10th most queried sports event in the United States in 2011. Pacquiao’s nemesis, Floyd Mayweather Jr, took part in Google’s most searched sports event in the United States, Mayweather vs Ortiz.”
Idinagdag ni Cleveland na sa Yahoo naman ay pumangatlo si Pacquiao sa mga atletang hinanap sa nasabing search engine noong nakaraang taon, dumausdos mula sa No. 1 noong 2010.
“For Yahoo, the world’s second largest search engine, Manny Pacquiao finished third among international sports stars in 2011 behind GoDaddy.com hottie, Danica Patrick and Tiger Woods,” dagdag sa ulat. “Known as ‘Pac Man,’ Manny Pacquiao is boxing’s first eight-division world champion. He was named ‘Fighter of the Decade’ for the 2000s by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) and the World Boxing Council (WBC) and is a three-time Ring Magazine and BWAA ‘Fighter of the Year’, winning the distinction in 2006, 2008, and 2009. – Gilbert Espena