Where Does Manny Pacquiao Rank All-Time Pound for Pound

Last night, Manny Pacquiao defeated Keith Thurman via split decision to win the WBA Super Welterweight title. Pacquiao put on a spectacular performance to improve his record to 62-7-2 while ending the undefeated streak of Keith Thurman. Manny Pacquiao has been boxing professionally for 24 years and at 40 years-old is still giving fans great performances and is still winning. Which begs the question where does he rank all-time pound for pound? When looking at all the facts, a case could be made that Manny Pacquiao is the greatest pound for pound boxer of all-time. Lets break it down!


In his 24-year career, Manny Pacquiao has won world championships in eight different weight classes. He won his first world championship in 1998 winning the WBC Flyweight championship. From there he has won titles in the featherweight/super featherweight, lightweight/junior lightweight, and the welterweight/junior welterweight/super welterweight. He has also been a lineal champion in five weight classes: flyweight, featherweight, super featherweight, light welterweight and welterweight. Along with his championship accomplishments, Manny Pacquiao has also been honored by media and boxing councils. He has he has been named the WBO Fighter of the Year, the WBC Boxer of the Year twice, Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year three times and ESPN Fighter of the Year three times. Pacquiao has also been Ring Magazine’s number one pound-for-pound at year’s end four times, he was the WBC’s Boxer of the Decade for the 2000s and was the WBO Best Pound-for-Pound Fighter of the Decade for the 2000s.


Manny Pacquiao has one of the most impressive resumes in boxing history. Of his 71 career fights, he has fought and beaten some of the biggest names in boxing including Erik Morales, Juan Manuel Marquez, Marco Antonio Barrera, Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton, Shane Mosley and Timothy Bradley all of which are former world champions. Other former world champions Pacquiao has beaten are Adrien Broner, Antonio Margarito, Lucas Martin Matthyse and the aforementioned Keith Thurman. Speaking of Keith Thurman, Pacquiao has ended nine different fighter’s undefeated streaks: Chris Algieri, Timothy Bradley, Jorge Solis, Emmanuel Lucero, Nedal Hussein, Seung-Kon Chae, Dele Desierto, and Rocky Palma.


While Manny Pacquiao doesn’t have the best record of the greatest fighters ever, he has definitely been a model of consistency. Of his seven losses, only three have come by knockout with his last KO loss coming in 2012 against Juan Manuel Marquez. His other two knockout losses were early in his career in 1999 and 1996. Two of his losses against Timothy Bradley and Jeff Horn are seen as controversial as he had incredible performances against both and general consensus had him winning against both. Pacquiao has only lost consecutive fights once and has two streaks of 15 wins and three streaks of ten wins. Between the beginning of his career in 1995 and 2011, Pacquiao only lost three times in 59 fights.

He’s Not Done Yet

At 40 years-old going on 41, Manny Pacquiao still has a lot left in the tank with lots of big fights on his plate. The welterweight division is probably the deepest division in boxing today creating some must-see matchups for Manny. Some of the big names that could face Manny in the future are Terence Crawford, Errol Spence Jr., Shawn Porter, Danny Garcia or Amir Khan. Pacquiao has been giving Father Time a run for his money and with these fights on the table he could continue to fight him off. One things for sure no matter what happens with Manny from here on out, it can not be denied that he is one of if not the greatest pound-for-pound fighter ever.


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