Manny Pacquiao, winner of world titles at a record seven weights after his convincing victory over Miguel Cotto at the weekend, has surely etched his name into the upper echelons of world boxing.
When talking about the greatest fighters of all-time, boxing pundits will mention Sugar Ray Robinson, Henry Armstrong, Muhammad Ali, Joe Louis, Willie Pep, Jem Driscoll, Jack Dempsey, Gene Tunney, Roberto Duran, Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns, Marvin Hagler, Jimmy Wilde and Pernell Whitaker.
But without a shadow of a doubt, Pacquiao belongs on that list, as does Floyd Mayweather jnr!
So where would they fit in exactly? We’ll know a bit more if Pacquiao and Mayweather get to fight.
My personal top-10 list for the moment is: Sugar Ray Robinson, Muhammad Ali, Manny Pacquiao, Henry Armstrong, Joe Louis, Pernell Whitaker, Willie Pep, Roberto Duran, Gene Tunney, Floyd Mayweather jnr.
What do you think?
Rocky Marciano belongs because of his stellar record against quality fighters . Mike Tyson for his early years until Don King screwed him over. Gene Fullmer and Archie Moore also belong.
i cannot understand why whitaker and mayweather junior is in your top 10.. maybe in the top 25 i can undestand
There are lists and opinions on who the greatest boxer of all time is. After Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines defeated Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto for the latter’s welterweight belt, and having won in the process his 7th world titles in as many weight divisions, the debate on “who is the greatest” just heated up some more.
Let’s join this debate and let’s argue with facts.
The book, “Manny Pacquiao – The Greatest Boxer Of All Time,” puts The Pacman atop the all-time greats list not solely on the basis of what he has accomplished.
Although he has done what no other fighter in planet earth–living or dead–has achieved, we also look at his greatness in relation to what the other great fighters have achieved under their own unique conditions. And we have the facts.
The book applies three major criteria, namely: (1) The List, valued at 40 percent; (2) The Belt, 40 percent; and (3) The Win, 20 percent.
The List defers to the analysis and opinion that went into three of boxing’s most respected chroniclers—namely: The Ring Magazine, Associated Press and ESPN. But since these lists have been published years ago, The List also makes use of Ring Magazine’s Annual Pound-For-Pound list, which was published for the first time in 1989.
The Belt puts premium on the titles won by a boxer in several weight divisions. The more championships a boxer gets to win in different weight classes, the higher his rating goes. Bonus points need to be added, though—boxing supposedly being the model of fairness in sports—to those who (1) were active when there were less divisions, and (2) won their first championships at the higher levels (say, welterweight).
The Win presents stories behind The Belt. It uses three sub-criteria, namely, Winning Percentages, KO percentage, and Quality of Opposition. This criterion ensures that the greatness of a fighter gets measured not only by the number of fights he has won. It also measures how he has won those fights. With it, a fighter gets measured by how good his opponents are, and how good he is in front of good opponents. The Belt and The Win further sieve the rankings of the world’s greatest boxers of all time, according to The List.
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how come that mayweather’s name include in the list of all time great? pls. replace him with oscar de la hoya. thank you
Mayweather Jr. is OVERRATED .
What has he done in boxing to even be named in this article?
stupid writer..u don’t know boxing..why is mayweather’s name on the list? he may be great but not even close to all time great..damn!
i dont understand why mayweather is on the list! he’s not an all time great! he never even tried to beat his weight class top fighters like cotto, mosley or even margarito and you call him all time great compared to pacquiao climbing 7 weight classes and beating top boxers…
i cant believe why mayweather is included in the list?
i bliv n lil flyod’s abilities, hes a good ring tactician, his defense s something to emulate, but until he faces a fyter his size,a fyter in the league of a true welter caliber, i will put on hold my rankings for him, that will b d day.
In order to be on the list, I believe you need a good list of opponents you’ve fought. Floyd is a good boxer but he’s never been tested; he’s only fought Corralles and Castillo. Anyone else was either not in his weight class or not considered a worthy opponent. He’s fought nobody in the welterweight division that is worth noting. He’s ducked the best, Cotto, margarito, mosley.
It’s a little insulting to call Floyd an all time great. It really discredits those that really deserve the title. Sugar Ray Robinson, he’s fought 200 fights and lost but he travelled around the world to fight the world’s best. He’s proven himself. Haggler, Hearns, Leonard. They ally fought each other and are considered top fighters.
Pacquiao on the other hand beats the best in each division he fights in. He is willing to take risks, and fight bigger, stronger opponents. I’d like to see him face Mosley, the top Welterweight right now (floyd isn’t even the top welterweight, why is he considered so high on the P4P list? He doesn’t even fight welterweights)
Pacquiao vs Mayweather. I really hope Pacquiao wins. I’m not completely sure. Mayweather might be hard to hit, and he’s got a good reach advantage and he’s pretty good at running. I have no doubt, Floyd will NOT KO Manny (don’t listen to his BS). Manny on the other hand, has the power and speed to hurt Floyd pretty badly if he can land.
Good luck to Manny.
The greatest boxer of all time during this era is manny paquiao, His achievement in boxing history is unmeasurable, conqueres all greatest boxer in 7th world title in deffirent weight class divisions, its really amazing,its unbelievable,why we are arguing , PAQUIAO has a good heart , he said before that he does not care if he is not all time great but what he want people around the globe became happy to his fight. congrats manny
all i want to say iz if mayweather really wantz to prove to every1 that he iz p4p the best then i say hell with the money do it for pride…but i guess he has none…and on the other hand pacquiao fights for a whole country and not just for himself,,,keep ur perfect record mayweather but until u get in the ring with pac man i have NO RESPECT for u as a champion…u just playin the cowards game and using money as ur excuse not to fight pacquiao…u and ur father r just the same all mouth no heart…u need to grow a set and man up…and u owe it to ur fans who spend therr hard earn money to c u fight and who want to c u fight pacquiao….they r the reason u have 3 mansions and cars that r fully paid for…so money shouldnt be a problem
Manny Pacquiao has is place in that top ten: 7 titles, 7 weight classes!This guy is so fast, cant wait to see him beat Mayweather!!
For some reason i don’t see the knockout king of all time in this list? i’m pretty sure he should be up there -___-” what is boxing without mike “iron” tyson? He is on my top 3 best of all time… even if his fights were mostly less than 3 rounds and fighting people who are 3-5 foot taller than him he was just too damn exciting to watch… i know he has a bad rep for his sttitude but his performance is deffinetly up there with the all time greats…