You like keeping distinctions vague, don't you? We can make electrons out of photons in the sense that we can do an experiment where photons go in and electrons go out. That's not being contested. But this doesn't show that electrons are actually made out of photons in the sense of the electron literally being a bound state of one or more photons. Pair production is only evidence for that in the same way heat conduction is evidence for caloric fluid theory. There is nothing extraordinary about this at all. The idea of electrons being made from photons really is in conflict with mainstream physical theories, for a number of reasons I and others have detailed in this thread. That's what makes the "electrons are made of photons" idea an extraordinary assertion.