Manny Pacquiao: The Best Fighter of All Time?

John Louie RamosSenior Writer IDecember 15, 2008

If you wish to go in a fistic argument, just drop in casually in a room where a dozen boxing experts and aficionado assembled and dogmatically declare that Manny Pacquiao is the best of all time.

it is definitely a widely debatable claim, considering the likes of the Henry Armstrong, Roberto Duran, Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler, Thomas Hearns, or any of those elites. But Pacquiao is a one-of-his-kind braveheart.

He was born in a poor family in one of the poorest district in one of the poorest country. Well, he sure had that enough Aptitude and Determination to keep on going. A tough background plus a hard life equals the Pacman.

Pacquiao started his professional boxing career in 1995 at 106 pounds at the age of 16. His early fights usually took place in small venues. He suffered two TKO losses early in his career, which probably could force him to quit but that separates him from the others.

He just don't quit. After he loss his title to Medgeon Singurat in Thailand, he jumped two division, now fighting at Super bantamweight  and rolled to consecutive victories and after proving his worth was announced as a last minute substitute  on the title defense of against world champion Lehlohonolo Ledwaba.

Pacquiao stepped into the fight as a late replacement and walked out of the fight as the newly crowned IBF Super Bantamweight champion on his U.S. debut knocking out Ledwaba in six rounds.

Pacquiao went on to defend his title four times before the match that many consider to have defined his career, against the Mexican boxing idol, Marco Antonio Barrera of Mexico. Pacquiao, moving up in weight and in his first fight ever in the featherweight division brought his power with him and defeated Barrera via a TKO in the 11th round at the Alamodome, San Antonio, TX.

Many of the so-called experts did not give Pacquiao any chance to win against Barrera. But he proved them wrong. He was like a hurricane, crushing anything that comes his way until he met Erik Morales. Morales won via unanimous decision against Pacquiao in a bloody encounter (in which Pacquaio is the bloodied one).

Again the experts spoke about Pacquiao being a one-dimensional fighter, no defense, keeps coming forward fighter and so on and so forth, but after a rematch with Morales he again silenced the doubters, Morales, who had never been stopped before, was TKOed by Pacquiao in the 10th round (and also TKOed in their rubber match).

At the time, Pacquiao was the king of the division but he opted for more, after all kings do conquer. After formally winning the Ring and WBC Superfeatherweight against nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez (Pacquiao's kryptonyte).

He moved another division now in lightweight where he systematically dismantle the alphabet Belt holder, David Diaz in perhaps his best and most complete performance knocking the Mexican in the ninth. After that came his biggest fight in what considered as a mismatch (and truly live to the expectations of a mismatch).

Pacquiao a former 1060pounder was to battle against the former 160 pound champion, 6-Division world champion Oscar De La Hoya. Again, the experts don't learn they criticize it that Pacquiao fights only for the money and he's not gonna last five rounds against the Golden Boy, but after Dec. 6, the boxing world was shocked. The Golden Boy, was not that Golden but literally look liked a boy fighting on a bully which turned out to be Pacquiao.

Well the what now the EXPERTS have to say? the thing that separates Pacquiao from the others is that he always proves those experts wrong. That's why he is the Pacman, the leader of the Pac.