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.
Manny Pacquiao is the only boxer to win world titles (11) in eight different weight divisions. Pacquiao clinched the feat when he defeated Antonio Margarito via a unanimous decision to win the WBC light middleweight (154 pounds (70 kg)) title on November 13, 2010 at the Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas, USA. Eight of his world championships came from the "Big Four" (WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO) sanctioning bodies and three were from The Ring. He also won the prestigious and coveted lineal championship in five different weight divisions (flyweight, featherweight, super featherweight, light welterweight, and welterweight). The following are the world titles won by Pacquiao (arranged chronologically):
|World Titles from The Ring/Lineal|
|WBC Flyweight (112)||1998-12-04||Chatchai Sasakul||KO 8/12||1|
|Lineal Flyweight (112)||1|
|IBF Super Bantamweight (122)||2001-06-23||Lehlohonolo Ledwaba||TKO 6/12||4|
|The Ring Featherweight (126)||2003-11-15||Marco Antonio Barrera||TKO 11/12||2|
|Lineal Featherweight (126)||2|
|WBC Super Featherweight (130)||2008-03-15||Juan Manuel Márquez||SD 12/12||0|
|The Ring Junior Lightweight (130)||0|
|Lineal Junior Lightweight (130)||0|
|WBC Lightweight (135)||2008-06-28||David Díaz||TKO 9/12||0|
|The Ring Junior welterweight (140)||2009-05-02||Ricky Hatton||KO 2/12||0|
|Lineal Junior welterweight (140)||0|
|WBO Welterweight (147)||2009-11-14||Miguel Ángel Cotto||TKO 12/12||3|
|Lineal Welterweight (147)||2016-04-09||Timothy Bradley||UD 12/12||1|
|WBC Super Welterweight (154)||2010-11-13||Antonio Margarito||UD 12/12||0|
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.
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- Rosenthal, Michael (2009-10-28). "Pacquiao seeking title in record seventh division". The Ring blog. Archived from the original on 2009-11-01. Retrieved 2010-01-29.
Pacquiao has won titles as a flyweight (1998), junior featherweight (2001), featherweight (2003, The Ring), junior lightweight (2008), lightweight (2008) and junior welterweight (2009, The Ring), which equals Oscar De La Hoya's six-division record. And boxing historian Cliff Rold pointed out that Pacquiao is the only fighter in history to win four lineal titles (112 pounds, 126, 130, and 140)
- "Manny Pacquiao". Boxrec.com.
- "Mission accomplished: Phelps earns eighth gold in medley relay". ESPN. August 18, 2008.
- "Olympic Moments: Michael Phelps' historic eight golds at Beijing 2008". 31 August 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2017 – via www.bbc.com.