Manny Pacquiao is a guy that I'm slowly learning about through every fight he participates in. A good friend of mine is not only a boxing fan, but I call him more of a boxing historian of sorts.
He's taught me about the ins and outs of the sport, some of the best fighters he's ever seen, what makes a boxer great and who are among the greatest names in the sport's history.
Though there are the usual names like the Muhammed Ali, George Foreman and several others.
But one name has always stood out, Manny Pacquiao.
I remember sitting down in our apartment living room watching old Pacquiao fights on the big screen and talking to me about just how good this guy was. Why he was the best fighter in boxing today and why he may put his name among the greats of all time.
For those who don't know his name or are just getting into the sport, you're a lot like me, but that's what makes learning that much more fun.
Here are the 10 reasons, according to a guy like me, that makes Manny Pacquiao the best pound-for-pound fighter. Ever.
There's always fan fare when it comes to Manny Pacquiao. He draws in fans who have both seen him fight more than once, and those who haven't ever seen him fight in person.
He draws in fans from his home country as well as makes more fans wherever he ends up fighting.
Pacquiao is the kind of guy every boxing fan wants to watch, and he's the guy you always want to win. Is he untouchable? No. But he sure fights like it.
With every fight I've watched of Manny Pacquiao, no matter how many times he was hit and no matter how hard he was hit, it never seemed like it was enough.
It would almost take Pacquiao putting his hands down and giving you 12 free punches, but not just any kind of punch. It would take him daring you to throw the hardest punches you could muster. And, after all that, if you couldn't put him down, you were in trouble.
Made of glass this man is not. But he makes other fighters seem that way.
Manny Pacquiao doesn't have to be the biggest fighter in the ring to be the best.
Take, for example, Saturday night's fight against Antonio Margarito. Margarito was 17 pounds heavier, had a six-inch reach advantage and was four-and-a-half inches taller than Pacquiao.
Antonio Margarito's trainer, Robert Garcia, told ESPN after the fight, "He's just too fast. We couldn't get him into the ropes to hit him with clean shots."
Even Margarito admitted as much after the beating he took, "He's very fast. It's hard to land a punch on that guy, but there's no way I was going to quit in the fight."
Pacquiao doesn't just jab you to death, when he sees an opening, he can land some very brutal punches to the face and to the head, as was evident towards the end of the fight which we'll talk about later.
This is a guy that, although he may not knock you out cold, he'll make you wish you had quit a lot earlier.
Watching this fighter, I notice the way he moves around in the ring. He can beat you with severe punches and then move before you can get a clean shot in.
That doesn't make him an easy target especially for power punchers. He's also not going to stand and try to go toe-to-toe with a guy that can out punch him.
It's a finesse game, and Pacquiao has it.
Pacquiao was beating Margarito to a bloody mess, and every time Antonio got close, Pacquiao would land a combination of punches that would come fast and furious.
This fight should have been stopped long before it was, but Pacquiao kept throwing a deadly combination that almost left his opponent blind in his right eye.
Manny Pacquiao has excelled at just about every level he's been in. To win a championship belt in eight different divisions is impressive in itself, but to do it with domination is quite another.
I remember when I first heard about this young boxer, or at least when he was young, from a good friend of mine I used to work with. I always used to make fun of him for rooting for a guy like this because he was a virtual unknown at the time.
Now, I get the proverbial "I told you so" phone call after every fight Pacquiao wins.
I know this picture isn't for the faint of heart, but this is the picture of a guy that's just gotten beaten in every aspect by Manny Pacquiao.
Now, that's not to say that Pacquiao had no remorse and bloodied him just for the heck of it. This was a guy that turned to the fight referee and begged him to stop the fight because of the way Margarito looked.
Pacquiao said after the fight, "boxing isn't about killing yourself, it's about bringing entertainment to the fans."
Margarito, speaking of which, will need to go undergo surgery to repair facial fractures from this fight.