Posted November 09, 2019 09:48:49 A boxing legend is to receive the Commonwealth Medal of Merit at the Rio Olympics in the coming weeks.
The legendary boxer is to have the honour honoured in a ceremony at the opening ceremony of the Games, in which the Australian Commonwealth Games Federation (ACGF) will announce his selection as the first man to win three consecutive world titles.
The ACGF will announce the medal, which is a Commonwealth Sports Medal, at its Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony in Melbourne on Tuesday.
“This is a great honour for the Australian boxing community, to be recognised by our great sporting body,” Mr Pacquio said in a statement on Friday.
“I am really honoured and thrilled to be receiving this medal.
It is a wonderful honour to be awarded with such a prestigious award.”
The Commonwealth Medal is awarded to the country’s most outstanding sportsman, and is the highest sporting honour awarded by the federation.
The 37-year-old was an eight-time world champion, winning seven of his eight titles and winning the WBA World Boxing Council belt at the age of 21.
The former champion is also an Olympic gold medallist, a seven-time Commonwealth Games champion and an eight time Olympic champion.
Mr Pacquia, who has been fighting at 140kg for over four years, was a five-time heavyweight world champion.
He holds a record of 25-0-1 and has won two world titles and two world championships.
The world champion won the WBO world title and was runner-up to Wladimir Klitschko in two world heavyweight tournaments.
He is also a four-time Olympic silver medallists and was an 11-time All-Australian.
The award is the third highest sporting achievement awarded by Australia to a boxer.
The first was the Commonwealth Gold Medal, which was awarded to Australian Olympic medallister David Warner in 2004.
The medal was subsequently awarded to Michael Johnson, who won four gold medals at the 2008 Olympics and became the first Australian to win four golds at the Olympics.
The Australian Olympic Team also received the medal in 2000, when David Richardson won a silver medal in the 100m backstroke.
Mr Johnson also won three world titles, including the Commonwealth gold medal in Athens, Greece.
He has also won the World Boxing Federation (WBA) world heavyweight title and is a five time Olympic silver medalist.
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