Manny Pacquiao shared "60 Minutes" last night with President Barack Obama. That's pretty lofty company for a fighter. Particularly one from the lighter weight classes. At the opening of the segment, Bob Simon says that they haven't profiled many fighters. True enough. Which means Pacquiao has become that rare crossover star in boxing.
There have been a few -- Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Mike Tyson and Oscar De La Hoya, but Pacquiao is the first foreign-born fighter to touch the masses in the United States. Our lone problem with the episode was promoter Bob Arum calling Pacquiao the best fighter he's even seen. Arum promoted numerous of Ali's and Leonard's fights, but we forgive Bob. He has a pay-per-view to promote.
Here's more from '60 Minutes.'
Here's Time's cover story on Pacquiao, which ran last year in their Asia edition.
Manny Pacquiao fights Antonio Margarito on HBO PPV on Saturday, Nov. 13.