Manny Pacquiao and the Top 20 Pound-for-Pound Boxers of the Past 20 Years

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Manny Pacquiao and the Top 20 Pound-for-Pound Boxers of the Past 20 Years
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Although Manny Pacquiao currently enjoys a level of superstardom that transcends the fight game, and the world of sports in general, it is a commonly held opinion that boxing itself has been in decline for decades.

It is hard not to agree. This present list rates all fighters active between 1991 and 2011. A similar list compiled between 1971 and 1991 (or from between 1951 and 1971, for that matter) would feature many more true all-time greats. 

Still, this list has plenty of terrific fighters on it, and a number of very skilled champs didn't even make the cut. If anything, compiling this list helped me see the glass as half full.

Although they may not have received the same kind of media coverage as their counterparts in previous eras, the boxers on this list have compiled exemplary records and put on thrilling fights, by any historical standard.  

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