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Manny Pacquiao: Where Does He Rank?

Submitted by on November 16, 2009 – 1:10 am5 Comments

Manny Pacquiao celebrates his latest win

If you weren’t already familiar with Manny Pacquiao before this past weekend’s fight, chances are you know exactly who he is now.

The southpaw pugilist had already sent boxing great Oscar De La Hoya into retirement, mopped the canvas with Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton, and won championship bouts in six different weight divisions before defeating Miguel Cotto Saturday night, solidifying his place in boxing history.

With the punishing 12th round TKO victory, Pac-Man became the first boxer ever to win seven world titles in seven weight divisions. Winning his first Flyweight championship at 112lbs, Manny has since raced up the scales to obtain Junior Featherweight, Featherweight, Junior Lightweight, Lightweight, Junior Welterweight, and now Welterweight titles.


“It’s an honor to win a seventh title,” Pacquiao said. “It’s history for me and more importantly, a Filipino did it.”

Long-considered the “Fighting Pride of The Philippines”, Pacquiao’s massive influence over the Filipino culture in conjunction with his boxing accomplishments recently landed him on Time Magazine’s 2009 list of most influential people. His growing popularity in America over the last several months has bred much exaggeration of greatness from casual fans and experts alike, however with every fight even the most hyperbolic statements are becoming increasingly plausible.

Is he the best fighter of this decade?

All signs point to yes. Floyd Mayweather supporters will argue a claim for that title, but based on his past opponent selection and his absence at MGM Grand, it seems that Pretty Boy would rather have that argument made outside of the ring.

Is he the best fighter ever?

Pac-Man is certainly making his way up the chart of all-time greats and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better southpaw in the history of the sport. With that said though, he still has much work to be done before he can legitimately overtake the rank of such greats as Muhammad Ali or Joe Louis.

When everything is over, debates on exactly where he sits may never be settled, but there’s no doubt that Manny Pacquiao has left his mark on the world of boxing and is now building his legacy one round at a time.

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  • He’s a great fighter but I wouldn’t say the best fighter ever. The pool in boxing isn’t exactly overflowing with great names or people with great skills like how it was before. Especially with MMA competing with it. Let’s face it, money mayweather isn’t exactly loved, so their looking for someone to take him out. Mayweather is great at playing the “heel” role. People don’t know how to differentiate.

    As for mayweather’s last fight. It trips me out on peoples outlook. Oscar delahoya get’s his ass handed to him, people commend pacqiao and say oscar was too old etc. But mayweather comes out of a 21month retirement fights a current champion and people deathlock onto “he was 2lbs over the weight limit and he put it in his contract” excuse. Because we all know you can counter 21months of ring rust by being 2lbs over the weight limit lol. Or the oh he was an easy opponent. Yeah because a current champion is always an easy opponent.

    No I’m not a mayweather fan, but the dude has phenomenal technique. He’s an artist in the ring and an entertainer in and out the ring. Pacqiao has great technique, complimented with crazy speed. The man is humble, with excellent marketing potential. I’ll even go as far as to say “he’s carrying boxing on his back”. His name is one of the few that is synonymous with boxing right now. The others are mosley and mayweather.

  • ©Love says:

    I feel you on that first part, Rick. All-time comparisons are always difficult since things like competition level & rule changes have to be factored in.

    The main issue with the Mayweather-Marquez bout though was that Marquez was a lightweight who was asked to add 8 lbs from his last bout to fight at a weight he had never fought at before. Mayweather on the other hand was asked to cut 3 lbs from his last bout to fight in a welterweight class where he was already a proven champion… and then he only cut 1. Of course he was rusty from the layoff, but Mayweather had a significant “home field advantage” if you will. Marquez is a very skilled featherweight fighter, but at the welterweight division… yeah, he was a pretty easy opponent.

    Regardless though, a matchup between Pac and Money would surely end debates, draw an enormous crowd, and be a huge step towards reviving boxing. I would just honestly be shocked if Mayweather ever accepted the fight.

  • lil-kiki says:

    Pound for pound th e best after Ali, and Mike Tyson, and Dela Hoya.

  • luxurylife says:

    Mayweather will be Paq but it wont be a easy fight.Pac is hot rite know and in a world of what have you done for me plus boxing is looking for a star they look towards pac. He cant beat PBF tho it will a great fight that could make them mega rich and go down in history

  • Sal says:

    The only concern, issue rather, that I have with the potential of this fight is the same one I had for the Cotto/Pacquiao fight. That if it is going to be for the Welterweight title, it should be held at the governing weight for that title. I do not agree, neither will Floyd, that the fight should (have) take(n) place at 145. Welterweight clearly mean 147, and if it’s going to be a fight for a welterweight title, that should be the agreed upon weight.

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