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.
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…
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?
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)
Isaac Hlatshwayo did South Africa proud by winning the IBF welterweight crown at the weekend.
The 147-pound class is one where very few SA fighters have starred on the world stage. Harold Volbrecht lost in two challenges in the 1980s, while Peter Malinga, Gary Murray and most recently, Lovemore Ndou, have lifted marginal crowns.
As the holder of the IBF title – one of the four mainstream belts – Hlatshwayo now rubs shoulders with the likes of Shane Mosley (WBA champ) and Miguel Cotto (WBO champ). And don’t forget Joshua Clottey, who had relinquished the IBF belt to go after Cotto. And then you have Manny Pacquaio and Floyd Mayweather in the wings!
Just within the IBF fold, previous champions include Mayweather, Zab Judah, Vernon Forrest, Felix Trinidad, Lloyd Honeyghan and Donald Curry.
The welterweight division has been one of boxing’s most exciting over the years, hosting stars like Sugar Ray Robinson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Tommy Hearns, Roberto Duran, Mosley and Oscar De La Hoya.
Hlatshwayo, in winning the vacant IBF title on points against Delvin Rodrigues, a capable American fighter, will still have to prove himself in the division. Going into this fight, The Ring magazine had Isaac ranked eighth, while Fightnews.com listed him at six.
It’s difficult to say where Isaac will go now, but whatever his future holds, hopefully he’ll get to earn a mountain of money along the way.
Good luck, Isaac!