In different sports, a sportsperson who wins eight crowns, titles, medals, belts, or other distinctions is called an octuple champion. The most recognised octuple champions are swimmer Michael Phelps and professional boxer Manny Pacquiao.
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.
Manny Pacquiao is the first and only boxer to win world titles in eight different weight divisions. Pacquiao clinched the feat when he defeated Antonio Margarito via a unanimous decision and won the WBC Light Middleweight (154 pounds (70 kg)) title on November 13, 2010 at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium. Six of his world championships came from the "Big Four" (WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO) sanctioning bodies & three were from The Ring, which hands out a symbolic version of the lineal championship. He also won a minor world championship belt from the IBO in the Light Welterweight division. 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|
- "Mission accomplished: Phelps earns eighth gold in medley relay". ESPN. August 18, 2008.
- . GuinnessWorldRecords.com. Retrieved on December 20, 2014.
- Rosenthal, Michael (2009-10-28). "Pacquiao seeking title in record seventh division". The Ring blog. 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.