By Dan Charest @dannyacharest on April 18, 2014
When you think of the top pound-for-pound boxer of all time, chances are Manny Pacquiao's name is not what comes to mind. Initially, you will probably think Muhammad Ali, or if you grew up post-WWII days, Sugar Ray Robinson. And although Pacquiao is not in his prime anymore at 35, he has built a career that has deceivingly crawled amongst the best since Jim Corbett and John L. Sullivan fought for the first gloved heavyweight title fight in 1892.
Muhammad Ali is still the world's most popular boxer as he connected with fans all over the globe with his outspoken, brash manner, but more importantly by winning. The same can be said for Manny Pacquiao, who has constructed an enormous following in Asia-Pacific and in North America. His low-key, non-flamboyant attitude outside the ring and punishing style in the ring has won him fans everywhere he fights.
Pac Man's record now stands at 56-5-2 and in two of those losses, Pacquiao has exacted revenge. The first came when he TKO'd Erik Morales less than a year after a unanimous decision loss in 2006. The latest came just last Saturday, when Pacquiao took it to Timothy Bradley after losing one of boxing's most controversial decisions ever in June of 2012.
Even if you don't believe the Fighting Pride of the Philippines is the best pound-for-pound boxer to ever lace up a pair of gloves, you still have to admit he has some of the fastest hands of any pugilist ever.
No other competitor in the sport has won as many titles in varying weight classes like Manny Pacquiao's eight. His first came on December 4, 1998 by knocking out Chatchai Sasakul for the WBC Flyweight title before working his way up to the 147-pound welterweight crown in November of 2009. Those WBO and WBC belts came via a 12th-round TKO of Miguel Cotto.
Though he never fought, and will never fight Floyd Mayweather, Pacquiao has built a stunning resume, besting at least seven locks for the Boxing Hall of Fame (Morales, Barrera, De La Hoya, Hatton, Cotto, Mosley, Marquez). In comparison, Muhammad Ali beat seven who were later enshrined (Moore, Liston, Foster, Patterson, Foreman, Frazier, Norton). Two other Pac Man victims could make it to Canastota in Antonio Margarito and Tim Bradley.
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