Manny Pacquiao is the greatest fighter of the last 20 years. Let’s just get that out of the way right now. Pacquiao’s Rocky-esque defeat of Miguel Cotto was yet another amazing chapter to his growing legend. Pacquiao has taken on all comers. He’s fought and beaten a long list of absolute legends in boxing: Marco Antonio Barrera, Eric Morales, Juan Manuel Marquez, Oscar De La Hoya, and Ricky Hatton. Not only has he beaten them, but in most instances, he dominated them.
Pacquiao’s combination of untouchable speed, gritty power, precise technique, flawless footwork and a cast iron chin make him one of the greatest boxing champions of all time.
That amazing combination of skills and attributes is why Manny Pacquiao is the only fighter in the history of boxing to win seven different titles in seven different weight divisions. An amazing accomplishment, one which would entitle anyone to a place in boxing’s pantheon of epic heroes.
Manny Pacquiao has won more championships than anyone in boxing history, he’s dominated fighters who themselves will go down as legends of the sport and he’s done so with performances that rank right alongside fights like Louis-Schmeling I&II, Robinson-Lamotta (the series) or Ali-Frazier I. A person could walk away from such a career and feel as accomplished as anyone has ever been in the sport of professional boxing.
For Pacquiao there’s remains but one more challenge. One more victory that separates him as being merely great from being considered pound for pound THE greatest professional boxer who has ever lived. That something is Floyd Mayweather Jr. Mayweather is himself one of the most accomplished fighters to ever put on gloves. He possesses a skill set that is greater than any other fighter Pacquiao has faced.
Mayweather lays a very legitimate claim to also being considered pound for pound the greatest fighter in boxing history with a perfect undefeated record of 40-0. Mayweather has also fought and beaten some the greats of the sport with ease, with legendary performances against most of the same opposition that Manny’s has faced.
Mayweather is a former Olympic Bronze medalist and a holder of six titles in five different weight divisions. Mayweather is also possessed of a natural grace and athleticism in the ring that makes him highly effective.
Mayweather fancies himself as the greatest boxer fighting today. A claim that has its doubters considering Pacquiao is now on the cusp of building a legacy that may be considered pound for pound the greatest of all time.
The fight between these two would be not only one of the biggest boxing matches in history, but would be one of the most anticipated events in the history of all sports.
They will fight, there is no doubting that. Both the fans and history demand that one must beat the other. The fighter who comes out of that contest the victor, will then undisputedly take his place as one of the greatest athletes who has ever lived.