Paid Members wandshogun09 Posted September 20, 2021 Paid Members Share Posted September 20, 2021 Originally posted this in the big Boxing thread but sod it. Manny warrants his own thread, doesn’t he? You know the score, who knows if this’ll last but I think it probably will in this case. He’s made his millions, there’s nothing left to prove and he’s got other stuff to keep him busy. Like running for president of the Philippines if his latest tweet is anything to go by! What a career. That spell in the late 2000s where he bashed De La Hoya into retirement, absolutely flattened Hatton in 2 rounds, gave Cotto a hiding and smashed Margarito to bits was something to behold. Then there’s the incredible 4 fight series with Juan Manuel Marquez, the trilogy with Erik Morales, the great fights with Marco Antonio Barrera. That rivalry and series of fights between those 4 - Pacquiao, Marquez, Barrera and Morales - is the closest Boxing has came to recreating the Four Kings era of Leonard, Hagler, Hearns and Duran for me. So many amazing fights and the only one we never got to see was Marquez vs Morales sadly. Yeah, the Pacquiao vs Mayweather fight came along about 5/6 years late but at least it finally happened and it wasn’t like Manny was shot in 2015, he still put in really strong performances after that and right to the end it wasn’t ever like he was embarrassing himself out there. Proper legend. Not only the quality wins he had and the titles he won, but the longevity and the fact that he was so exciting to watch for so long. You don’t usually get all of that in one fighter. To fight the way he did, they’d usually burn out after a few good years but he had a HOF career spanning 26 years as a pro and ducked no-one. I mean, fuck, this last fight was supposed to be against Errol Spence. Might have to binge watch a load of old Pacman fights this week now. Looking back at all those names he fought brings back so many memories of some really great and dramatic fights. So yeah, use this as a Manny Pacquiao appreciation thread as well or whatever. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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