Is Manny Pacquiao This Generation's Muhammad Ali?

Troy SparksColumnistNovember 25, 2010

Manny Pacquiao has feasted on many opponents in his run of eight title belts in as many weight divisions.  You saw what he did in the beat-down of Antonio Margarito.

Pacquiao's career is well defined, whether or not he fights again.  He's the best pound-for-pound boxer out there.

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum goes further than the PFP title that belongs to his fighter.  In fact, his claim is flat out ridiculous.

Arum recently said that Pacquiao is this generation's Muhammad Ali.

See what I mean? His claim is ridiculous.  It has no merit whatsoever.

There's no comparison between Ali and Pacquaio.  The Filippino doesn't have the persona, attitude or boldness of the "Greatest."

I don't think Pacquiao fought enough real contenders in his career to be mentioned in the same breath as Ali.  Juan Manuel Marquez was probably as close to being a real contender for the Pac Man as Joshua Clottey, Oscar De La Hoya or Margarito.

In Ali's day, he had so many heavyweight fights lined up, and they were against top of the line fighters.  There were the likes of Sonny Liston, Jerry Quarry, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Ken Norton and Larry Holmes.   

Pacquiao would take the high road out if he had to face that caliber of fighter in his weight class.  It would be in Pacquiao's best interest to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. to shut people up.

So, if Pacquiao isn't ready to retire from boxing, who would he fight if Mayweather isn't ready?  Marquez wants a third fight with the Pac Man, and I think he'll beat the champ.  Paul Williams was knocked out in the second round in his recent fight.

So much for Williams being the most feared boxer that no one wanted to face.  The winner of Timothy Bradley and Devon Alexander can forget about a date with Pacquiao.  Shane Mosley can make more money promoting fights than trying to step into the ring with the Pac Man.

My opinion is that Pacquiao is the boxer that Mayweather is avoiding right now.  What is Mayweather scared of?

President Barack Obama pardoned two turkeys in a ceremony at the White House before Thanksgiving.  Too bad that Mayweather didn't make the cut, dressed up as a chicken.

He saw Margarito's puffy face and said, "Oh no, I don't want anything to do with that Pacquiao guy."

Ali was known for talking trash and backing it up.  He was the original face of the 24/7 HBO series in my opinion.  Ali's outspoken views and actions about anti-political events drew admirers from all over the country and the world.  Pacquiao doesn't have those same characteristics. 

Arum was around long enough to know Ali, but he should know that Pacquiao isn't in Ali's league.  No boxer was or will ever be on the same level as the greatest of all time.