September 30, 2021

Sports Tidbits: The final bell has rung for Pac Man

Rob Warren
Sports and Travel Blogger

Some would say that Manny Pacquiao has had three Hall of Fame careers. One where he fought his famous rivals at 130-135 pounds.  Six wins over Morales, Marquez, and Barrera would put him in the hall of fame alone. 

Manny Pacquiao, as suspected after his loss to Yordenis Ugas in August, has retired.  The Filipino Senator has recently announced that he was going to run for President of his homeland.  

https://www.espn.com/boxing/story/_/id/32302919/manny-pacquiao-announces-retirement-boxing

He as others have noticed that at 42 years of age turning 43 soon, he couldn’t move the way he used to. Manny also didn’t fire punches in bunches the way he used to, and that it was time to hang up the gloves.

Pacquiao while in the ring he lost to his greatest contemporary in Floyd Mayweather. But he will go down as having possibly a better resume than Floyd.  

Where Mayweather had a very curated schedule of who he fought and when. Floyd Mayweather’s careful match making would sometimes irritate fans. Mayweather made no bones about it and was always about making the best commercial decisions. 

Where Manny Pacquaio even at 42, was always challenge himself and take the toughest and biggest fights. While Floyd was fighting the likes of Logan Paul, Connor McGregor, and Andrew Berto.

 Manny Pacquiao was challenging tough young and in their prime fighters like Errol Spence Jr, Tim Bradley, Keith Thurman, Adrien Broner, others.  Manny retires as the only man to win titles in eight different weight classes. 

He was the lineal title holder in five different weight classes (Flyweight, featherweight, super featherweight, light welterweight, and welterweight.) This means he was the man that beat the man and he could be traced back to the original world champion in those particular weight classes.

Most fighters would never be able to come back from the brutal knock out that he suffered in 2012 to Juan Manuel Marquez. That fight derailed the possibility of a meeting with Mayweather for a while.

They eventually would meet, probably 5 years passed the sell date on that fight with Mayweather sailing to an easy decision over a compromised Manny Pacquiao. Manny who went into the fight with a bad shoulder but not wanting to let his fans down or jeopardizing a huge pay day he soldiered on and fought the fight on the original scheduled date in 2015.  

While Mayweather was his most well-known contemporary, their fight was in 2015 was pretty ho hum and didn’t deliver on box office action. Manny did have amazing fight rivalries with Juan Manuel Marquez, Eric Morales, and Marco Antonio Barrera, fighting those three men, nine times, winning six of those fights, losing two and one draw with Marquez.

Some would say that Manny Pacquiao has had three Hall of Fame careers. One where he fought his famous rivals at 130-135 pounds.  Six wins over Morales, Marquez, and Barrera would put him in the hall of fame alone. 

But to then move up in weight, beat Ricky Hatton at 140 pounds, to do the impossible and beat and end the career of Oscar De La Hoya, and then to go on to beat Miguel Cotto, Brandon Rios, Tim Bradley, an old Shane Mosely, Chris Algieri, again that’s probably close to a Hall of Fame career. 

Then to come back after a loss to Mayweather and beat young welterweight Adrien Broner and Keith Thurman are again greater accomplishments considering his age.

Senator Manny Pacquaio wasn’t fighting all of these huge fights in front of no one.  He fought on pay per view 26 times, and generated 1.29 billion dollars in revenue from those fights.  

Manny was a people’s champion that advocated to help others, and was generous with his earnings to help his people in the Philippines. He was the 2000’s fighter of the decade.  

His big calves, amazing footwork, and blistering speed and awkward bouncy style that confounded opponents, for the better part of 20 years were his trademark.  

His partnership with Freddie Roach is one of the most famous in boxing history and deservedly so.  Freddie is a Hall of Fame trainer and mostly because of his most famous charge Manny Pacquiao.

Manny finished with 8 losses. 2 of those should be noted that most fans believe he beat Tim Bradley all 3 times he faced him and that he beat Jeff Horn.  

So in my eyes he’s got 6 losses.

Manny Pacquiao was a great fighter, who didn’t really shy away from challenges, (there was one Terrance Crawford), who was a big time ticket and pay per view seller, and above all a better man.

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