Octuple champion

In different sports, a sportsperson who wins eight crowns, titles, medals, belts, or other distinctions is called an octuple champion.

The most recognized octuple champions are professional boxer Manny Pacquiao and swimmer Michael Phelps.

Boxing[]

In boxing, an Octuple Champion is a boxer who has won major world titles in Eight (8) different weight classes.

Manny Pacquiao is the only boxer to win Twelve (12) major world titles in Eight (8) different weight divisions.[1]

Pacquiao clinched the feat when he defeated Antonio Margarito via a unanimous decision to win the WBC super welterweight title on November 13, 2010 at the Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas, USA.[2]

Nine (9) of his world championships came from the "Big Four" (WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO) sanctioning bodies and Three (3) were from The Ring.

He also won the prestigious and coveted lineal championship in Five (5) different weight divisions: flyweight, featherweight, super featherweight, light welterweight, and welterweight.

Pacquiao is also the first boxer in history to win a major world title in Four (4) of the original Eight (8) weight divisions of boxing, also known as the "Glamour Divisions": flyweight, featherweight, lightweight, and welterweight.[3][4][5]

The following are the major world titles won by Pacquiao (arranged chronologically):

World Titles from The Ring
World Titles from Lineal Championship
Name Titles Date Opponent Result Defenses
Manny Pacquiao.jpg
Philippines Manny Pacquiao[6]
WBC Flyweight (112) 1998-12-04 Thailand Chatchai Sasakul KO 8/12 1
Lineal Flyweight (112) 1
IBF Junior Featherweight (122) 2001-06-23 South Africa Lehlohonolo Ledwaba TKO 6/12 4
The Ring Featherweight (126) 2003-11-15 Mexico Marco Antonio Barrera TKO 11/12 2
Lineal Featherweight (126) 2
WBC Super Featherweight (130) 2008-03-15 Mexico Juan Manuel Márquez SD 12/12 0
The Ring Junior Lightweight (130) 0
Lineal Super Featherweight (130) 0
WBC Lightweight (135) 2008-06-28 United States David Díaz TKO 9/12 0
IBO Super Lightweight (minor title) (140) 2009-05-02 United Kingdom Ricky Hatton KO 2/12 0
The Ring Junior Welterweight (140) 0
Lineal Light Welterweight (140) 0
WBO Welterweight (147) 2009-11-14 Puerto Rico Miguel Ángel Cotto TKO 12/12 3
WBC Super Welterweight (154) 2010-11-13 Mexico Antonio Margarito UD 12/12 0
WBO Welterweight (147) 2014-04-12 United States Timothy Bradley UD 12/12 1
Lineal Welterweight (147) 2016-04-09 United States Timothy Bradley UD 12/12 0
WBO Welterweight (147) 2016-11-05 United States Jessie Vargas UD 12/12 0
WBA (Regular) Welterweight (147) 2018-07-15 Argentina Lucas Matthysse TKO 7/12 0

Swimming[]

At the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, swimmer Michael Phelps won 8 gold medals for the events 100/200m butterfly, 200/400m individual medley, 200m freestyle, 400/800m freestyle relay, and 400m medley relay.[7]

Name Medals
Michael Phelps 2009.jpg
United States Michael Phelps[8]
2008 Summer Olympics
Gold medal – first place 200 m freestyle 1:42.96 (WR)
Gold medal – first place 100 m butterfly 50.58 (OR)
Gold medal – first place 200 m butterfly 1:52.03 (WR)
Gold medal – first place 200 m medley 1:54.23 (WR)
Gold medal – first place 400 m medley 4:03.84 (WR)
Gold medal – first place 4×100 m freestyle 3:08.24 (WR)
Gold medal – first place 4×200 m freestyle 6:58.56 (WR)
Gold medal – first place 4×100 m medley 3:29.34 (WR)

References[]

  1. ^ "Pacquiao gets record 12th world title in 8 weight divisions". INQUIRER.NET. July 16, 2018. 
  2. ^ "Most boxing world titles in different weight divisions". Guinness World Records. 
  3. ^ "Ranking Manny Pacquiao's eight division titles". ESPN. Retrieved May 3, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Poverty gave Pacquiao his big push". China Daily. 15 August 2017. 
  5. ^ Jake Emen. "Weight Divisions History & Guide". ProBoxing-Fans. Retrieved July 6, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Manny Pacquiao". Boxrec.com. 
  7. ^ "Mission accomplished: Phelps earns eighth gold in medley relay". ESPN. August 18, 2008. 
  8. ^ "Olympic Moments: Michael Phelps' historic eight golds at Beijing 2008". 31 August 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2017 – via www.bbc.com.