When a boxer reaches a certain plateau of greatness, comparisons with boxers from yesteryear fondly emerge.
For boxing writers, it gives us some sense of being. It helps to justify our place on the boxing landscape.
So, in this era, just as Jones Jr., Julio Cesar Chavez, Sugar Ray Leonard, and Muhammad Ali were once compared to their predecessors, it is Manny Pacquiao that now takes the mantle of the contemporary fighter that deserves comparison with the fighters from yesteryear and whose names we utter like those of old Viking gods.
I have scoured the annals of boxing history in an attempt to find 10 fighters that fought at their prime between 135lbs and 147lbs—where Manny has begun and continues in his prime—and are capable of defeating the Filipino.
In this slideshow I compare and contrast each fighter's skills and traits before giving my analysis on how the two combatants' fight would unravel.