According to recent polls conducted by Nielsen Media Research and E-Poll Market Research, published on Forbes.com, Saranggani Representative and Filipino boxer Manny Paqcuiao was among the most influential athletes of 2012.
The Pound for Pound King landed on the fourth slot, following 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.
Respondents, consisting of 1,000 individuals, were asked to name who they think is the most influential athlete, as well as assess their likeability and awareness levels. Results show that Pacquiao garnered a 20 percent influential score and a 59 percent likeability level.
Other famous athletes who made it to the annual list are: 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).
It was Pacquiao’s first time to be included on the Most Influential Athlete list but he has been consistently making it on Forbes’ “Celebrity 100” list since 2009. He is currently preparing for his upcoming fight with Timothy Bradley on June 9, 2012 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.