Manny Pacquiao is the greatest boxer of all time, says promoter Bob Arum, who has worked with legends like Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler, Roberto Duran and Muhammad Ali.
Arum, who has also worked with Floyd Mayweather, believes that Pacquiao dominates with both fists in a way nobody else has.
Many readers have questioned my decision to include Floyd Mayweather inside my list of top-10 boxers of all time.
Others have queried my omissions of Oscar De La Hoya and Mike Tyson.
Thanks for all your comments. I’d like to explain myself, and while I don’t expect you to agree with me, hopefully you can understand my thinking. Read More…
Would anybody argue with the assertion that Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather jnr are the two best pound-for-pound boxers on the planet right now?
You can add further spice to that by making Manny Pacquiao the world’s best active offensive fighter, and Mayweather the best active defensive boxer. You’ve got the irresistable force against the untouchable target (one can’t call Mayweather the unmovable object).
Fans should be relishing the prospect of a match-up between these two men. Until Mayweather retired, after hammering Ricky Hatton, he was the pound-for-pound king. In his absence, that title has been usurped by Pacquiao. Read More…
Rumours have surfaced suggesting that Manny Pacquiao is having an affair with a starlet.
This is surely the business of only himself, his wife and the third party. Hopefully the children will be shielded from this potential mess.
I must admit that it’s not morally great for married people to have affairs, but it seems to happen a lot on this planet – whether you’re famous or not. And Pacquiao is famous – world famous. That’s why this story has landed in the public domain.
But the rumours shouldn’t dent Pacquiao’s reputation. According to one biography I read, Muhammad Ali was a lothario of note – and look at the legend he is today.
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?
Miguel Cotto has been slapped with the tag of underdog for his bout against Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
A poll on this blog shows that 85% of fans are tipping Pacman to win by stoppage, while a further 7% reckon the Filipino superstar will win on points. By contrast, just 7% are tipping Cotto to win – points or stoppage – and 1% think it will be a draw.
The bookmakers agree that Pacquiao is the favourite, but not to the same degree. Ladbrokes have Pacquiao the favourite at 4/11 while Cotto is an ungenerous 2/1 (not exactly odds that are associated with the world’s biggest underdog). Read More…
Freddie Roach, the coach of Manny Pacquiao, has deservedly earned a reputation of being one of the best boxing trainers in the world today.
Of course, there have been other trainers who have been considered greats along the way.
There was Angelo Dundee (Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard), Manny Steward (Thomas Hearns and Lennox Lewis), Eddie Futch (Bob Foster, Joe Frazier and Roach himself) and maybe even Alton Merkerson (Roy Jones jnr) or Roger Mayweather (Floyd Mayweather jnr).
There’s also a counter-view that great boxers would have become great anyway – whether they had good trainers or not!
What do you think? (There are a whole bunch of great trainers from years gone by whom I have over-looked in this poll – apologies for that)
Ali star Will Smith is doing a remake of the Karate Kid, the 1980s movie that made Ralph Macchio famous.
With all the remakes and remixes we keep seeing in the movies and hearing on the radio, one wonders when we’re going to see a proper make-over in boxing – like a new Muhammad Ali or Sugar Ray Robinson.
The best we’ve got is Floyd Mayweather, whose ungentlemanly conduct out the ring means he can never be considered in Ali’s class, and Manny Pacquiao, a great boxer who has yet to transcend the ring on the international scale as Ali did.
I often get accused of living in the past when it comes to boxing, but I see I’m not the only one – the entertainment industry does it too.
A couple of years ago George Foreman wrote in his autobiography that, at the Rumble in the Jungle bout against Muhammad Ali, his water had been spiked.
But now, days before the 35th anniversary of that classic showdown in Zaire in 1974, Foreman admits he lost fair and square.
His admission is contained in a brilliant piece of journalism by Associated Press sports columnist Tim Dahlberg. Enjoy it!