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The five finest fighters to emerge from the Philippines

The Philippines has a long history of producing world-class fighters. Graham Houston lists five of them.

Originally Published: June 27, 2008
By Graham Houston | Special to ESPN.com

When Manny Pacquiao steps into the ring against David Diaz on Saturday it's fair to say that the Philippine nation will be solidly behind him, rejoicing in every punch he lands, recoiling at every blow received. Never has there been a Filipino boxing superstar like Pacquiao, who will become a four-weight division champion if he takes Diaz's lightweight title.

Pacquiao is one of a kind, but the Philippines has produced some fine fighters over the years. Here is a look at five of the Philippines' ...

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