Pacquiao 4th on Forbes Most Influential Athletes of 2012
A photo gallery published Tuesday (Wednesday PHL time), on the official website of Forbes magazine shows Saranggani Representative and Pinoy boxer Manny Paqcuiao ranking fourth on its annual list of "The Most Influential Athletes."
Pacquiao follows NASCAR racer Jimmie Johnson, who earned the top spot, and National Football League (NFL) players Tim Tebow and Peyton Manning, who ranked second and third place, respectively.
The list was generated through a poll conducted by Nielsen Media Research and E-Poll Market Research on 1,000 adults.
Respondents were asked to name who they think is the most influential athlete, as well as assess their likeability and awareness levels.
According to information provided on the website, Pacquiao garnered a 20 percent influential score and a 59 percent likeability level.
He beats other famous athletes like NFL players Tom Brady (No. 5), Aaron Rodgers (No. 6), Drew Brees (No. 8), and Eli Manning (No. 9); NASCAR racer Dale Earnhardt. Jr. (No. 7); and NBA’s Jeremy Lin (No. 10).
This is the first time for Pacquiao to be included on the list.
However, in 2009 and 2010, he ranked 57th and 55th respectively on the magazine’s "Celebrity 100" list. — Demai G. Sunio-Granali, PEP