Is Manny Pacquiao Among Greatest Ever Without Floyd Mayweather Fight?
Everyone in boxing is eager to see a Floyd Mayweather Jr. versus Manny Pacquiao faceoff. But we may never see that happen.
We've seen Manny take down many capable opponents. There's no doubt that he's one of the best fighters of our generation. But does he qualify as one of the greatest of all time?
The discussion remains: Without a Mayweather fight, does Pacquiao belong with the best ever?
Speed and Power
Pac-man packs a very potent and rare combination of speed and power.
According to Miguel Cotto, who lost to Manny on November 14, 2009, he couldn't handle Manny's speed.
While Juan Manuel Márquez, who Manny took down on March 15, 2008, said Manny has more power than Mayweather, Jr.
Here's a demo of Manny's insane hand speed:
Impact, Charisma, and Fanbase
The impact he has had on the sport has been tremendous. In his native Philippines, Pacquiao has won over an entire nation and millions of fans.
He is a hero among his countrymen and he has even been elected into political office as a member of the House of Representatives. It's been said that his fame can ultimately earn himself an election to the nation's highest ranked office of President.
It is not only because of his success on the ring, but also his charisma and extreme likability that his name has spread worldwide.
Pacquiao is among the biggest draws in boxing.
No Fear Attitude
He has proven that he is not afraid to face the best and most capable fighters near his weight class.
Over his career, Manny has fought some of the toughest around including Joshua Clottey, Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton, and Oscar De La Hoya.
And he hasn't shied away at the possibility of facing Floyd Mayweather, Jr. despite a pair of failed negotiations to bring the matchup to fruition.
Best Pound-For-Pound Fighter
He is the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
So says the Ring, ESPN, and almost every other media publication around.
Seven-Time World Champion
He is a seven-time world champion in seven different weight divisions.
No other fighter has ever accomplished such a feat.
Come November, he might add an eighth world title to his collection.
51 Wins, 3 Losses, 2 Draws (38 Knockouts)
His record speaks for itself.
Nearly 75 percent of his wins have come by knockout. Impressive.
It is a record that has shades of Sugar Ray Robinson, regarded as one of the best boxers of all time.
Robinson fought in 200 fights, winning 173 with 108 KOs.
Fighter of the Decade and Other Awards
Pacquiao is the winner of "Fighter of the Decade" award, according to the Boxing Writers Association of America and HBO Sports.
Among his awards are a recent ESPY and numerous fighter of the year awards.
Retirement: Calling It A Career
Manny Pacquiao, at 31 years of age, could potentially call it a career this November.
With so many accomplishments and records, he has had a very successful career.
The question remains: Will Floyd Mayweather fight him before he retires?
Mayweather the Greatest?
True to his flashy self, Mayweather Jr. calls himself the greatest fighter around.
With a perfect record 41-0, 25 KO's he does have a claim to that standard.
But he still finds ways to avoid fighting Manny...
Beat the Best?
Hanging over Pacquiao's legacy is the fight between himself and Mayweather.
There's no refuting that Mayweather is the only one left that could pose a challenge for Pacquiao inside the the ring.
On the flip side for Mayweather, a fight with Pacquiao will also ensure his legacy. But he appears to be too scared to find out who will win.
In the meantime, the answer is yes.
Yes, Manny Pacquiao rightfully deserves a spot among the likes of some of the greatest ever with or without a Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight.
While Pacquiao has proven to be fearless and deserving of all of his accolades, Mayweather has revealed himself to be afraid of facing Manny and tarnishing his perfect record.
Video: Greatest Fights
Still don't think he's all that?
Take the time to watch video of Pacquiao's greatest hits: