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Boxer Pacquiao Salutes Eala

By Scoop Malinowski

Legendary boxing champion great Manny Pacquiao was impressed by seeing Alexandra Eala’s US Open junior girls victory vs Czech Republic’s Lucie Havlickova 62 64 this past weekend.

“A nation of over a hundred million people take pride in your accomplishment. My family and I salute you. Keep being an inspiration. Work hard and stay humble. The world has yet to see more of you and what we Filipinos are capable of. Congratulations!”

Pacquiao is considered by many ring observers to be among the greatest boxing champions of all time, in the pantheon of iconic ring titans with Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Sugar Ray Leonard and Sugar Ray Robinson, due to his incomparable achievement of winning a world record eight world titles in eight different weight divisions. The Filipino fistic dynamo boxed professionally for 26 years and won 68 fights against eight losses and two draws (39 KO wins).

One of the most exciting, thrilling performers in ring history, Pacquiao’s fights generated approximately 20.1 million in pay-per-view buys and $1.2 billion in revenue from his 25 pay-per-view matches. According to Forbes, he was the second highest paid athlete in the world in 2015.

17 year old Eala’s 2022 US Open girls singles Grand Slam title was actually her third junior Grand Slam title, as she previously won two girls doubles titles at the 2020 Australian Open and 2021 French Open.

Eala turned pro in 2020 and is currently professionally ranked 288 in the WTA (her WTA best ranking was 280 in August 2022). Already Eala is the highest ranked WTA pro from the Philippines, surpassing Maricris Gentz who achieved a world ranking of 284 in 1999.

Eala has trained at the Rafael Nadal Tennis Academy in Mallorca, Spain since she was 12 years old. Her brother Michael plays tennis for Penn State University.

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