When we talk about the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, it's typically taken to refer to a boxer's skill and ability regardless of his size...or, perhaps, relative to his size.
The same should theoretically hold true for the best pound-for-pound athletes in the world. These athletes are spectacularly gifted on their field of play, but they bring something else, something special to the table off it as well. Call it a joie de vive, a presence.
And that's why Manny Pacquiao has to be in consideration with the best all-around athletes our planet has to offer.
So even if you're thinking of names like Tom Brady, Deion Sanders, Derek Jeter, Lance Armstrong, Herschel Walker, Candace Parker, Usain Bolt or anyone else, Pacquiao should be a part of that conversation.
Here are 12 reasons he's among the greatest pound-for-pound athletes in the world.