Who doesn't know of Manny Pacquiao? Really. He's also now known as Hon. Congressman Pacquiao representing a district of Sarangani province.
Here's an article on a psychologist studying the "impact" of his world-standing on us Filipinos. I can sum it up nicely in an old saying: "Victory has many fathers while defeat is always an orphan."
IMHO, I try to be realistic. I do think he's indeed a rare phenomenon in the history of sports and should rightly be acknowledged. Beyond that though, I think its just a matter wishful thinking for recognition for us and our country. "Pinoy pride" is what we make of it and not solely reliant on the shoulders of a single athlete.