Is Manny Pacquiao the Best Fighter of All Time? by John Beattie
You don't need a boxing promoter to tell you that Manny Pacquiao could be one of the best fighters of all time.
Most fans and analysts commonly list (in no particular order) Joe Louis, Henry Armstrong, Jack Johnson, Mike Tyson, Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Robinson to be among the Top 10 boxers of all time. But pound-for-pound (arguably the most-used term when describing Pacquiao), Pacman may someday soon be considered the all-time greatest boxer to ever lace up the gloves.
Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KOs) earned his eighth world title in eight weight classes. He's beaten opponents in weight classes from 106 pounds to 165 pounds. He's taken down Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto, Joshua Clottey and Ricky Hatton and has his sights set on Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
"Ray Leonard is a great friend of mine and he was a great fighter, but he doesn't compare to Manny Pacquiao, in my opinion," Top Rank Promoter Bob Arum told Yahoo Sports. "Ray had great, great skills, great heart, and he was a tremendous fighter, but he didn't have the same type of extraordinary skills that Pacquiao has.
"Julio Cesar Chavez was a great, great fighter," Arum added. "Sitting in front of me was a guy a lot of people say is the greatest fighter they've ever seen, Roberto Duran. These guys are truly great fighters, but they do not compare to Manny Pacquiao, in my opinion."