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Manny Happy Returns

HOW MUCH punishment can one body take—and how much more does Manny Pacquiao want to inflict? Pacquiao, who turned 40 in December and long ago secured his place in boxing's Hall of Fame, seems intent on finding out. Defiant: The Manny Pacquiao Obsession, is a 20-minute documentary that explores the motivations of the champ (who's also a senator in the Philippines) with analysis from a variety of sweet scientists, including Jim Lampley, Teddy Atlas and Tom Hauser. As Pacquiao showed in his victory over Adrian Broner for the WBA welterweight belt on Jan. 19—he landed 112 punches to Broner's 50 in the unanimous decision—there are no signs that he's slowing down after 70 fights over 23 years that have earned him more than $400 million. He is the only boxer to win world titles in eight weight classes. "I proved in my last fight against [Lucas] Matthysse, and now I proved it again," Pacquiao said after defeating Broner. "The Manny Pacquiao journey will still continue. I wanted to push more, but my trainer said, 'Don't be careless. Wait for him, counter,' and that's what I did." (For more on what's next for Pacman, turn to page 112.)


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