Only a couple of months ago, the great debate in the Philippines was about who the greatest Filipino boxer of all time is, and it’s a toss up between the Pacman and Gabriel “Flash” Elorde.
But with Manny winning his fourth title in a fourth weight division, and having prospects of fighting De la Hoya, Hatton, and Mayweather as his three last assignments before hanging his gloves for good, he is now in a position to give the likes of Muhammad Ali, Rocky Marciano, and Sugar Ray Robinson a run for their own money as the greatest fighter of all-time.
His fight against Oscar De la Hoya will definitely break all-time records in pay-per-view sales. His battle against Ricky Hatton will surely break all-time records in live attendance if it is held in England. And his mayhem with Mayweather will definitely break the last walls separating Manny from Muhammad Ali and company.
However, for his name to be mentioned in the same breath with these all-time boxing greats, the pride of the Philippines must first defy great odds to score impressive victories against the said three future hall-of-famers in thrilling record-breaking fights where he stands to earn at least 50 million dollars (approximately two billion pesos).
The feat is not close to impossible though as the Pacman performs better when the odds are stacked against him. With his big fighting heart, his powerful right and left fists, newly-developed ring savvy, and his faith in God and himself, everything is possible for the man who carries the hopes of millions in his shoulders.
Should he fail, Manny would have to settle for the record of being the first Filipino billionaire athlete, though.