A number of modern day boxing fans are probably not familiar with Henry Armstrong, but they should be.
“Hammerin’ Hank” had a much decorated career between 1931 and 1945.
He was the first professional fighter to win three world titles in three different divisions, and also holds the honor of being the only boxer to hold the featherweight, welterweight and lightweight titles simultaneously.
Additionally, Armstrong is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame and was voted the second greatest fighter in the last 80 years by Ring Magazine in 2007.
Odds are everyone reading is quite familiar with Manny Pacquiao’s credentials…or else they wouldn’t be reading in the first place.
For the sake of a fair comparison, bear in mind that Pacquiao is an eight-division world champion, who has held 10 world titles within these divisions.
Pacquiao is currently considered the number one pound-for-pound boxer in the world by just about every credible sports outlet including The Ring, Sports Illustrated and ESPN.
Furthermore, Pacquiao is currently on a 13-fight win streak and has not lost a match in nearly six years.
Of course it is impossible for us to ever witness a showdown between these two as they are from two completely different eras, but that doesn’t mean we cannot take a look at a tale of the tape.
Let us evaluate how these two enigmatic fighters would match up in a fictional show down in the ring.