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Manny Pacquiao Named Greatest Boxer of 21st Century

The world’s only 8-division champion Manny Pacquiao. Photo by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions

Boxing legend Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao has been named the Greatest Boxer of the 21st Century by Give Me Sport. Pacquiao was slightly ahead of undefeated Floyd Mayweather, who ranked second on a list of 50. Meanwhile, Pacquiao’s fellow Filipino boxer Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire was ranked 29th.

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The A-list sports media outlet has listed Donaire and Pacquiao among the 50 highest-ranking fighters in the world from all weight divisions who received the highest combined votes from voters for Ranker’s website and Give Me Sport choices, whose list was released on December 22 of this year.

“I think we can all agree the longevity of these top 10 hitters are what makes them so special. From the likes of the fighters at the beginning of the century like Lennox Lewis, to those who have recently retired like Mayweather. It was tough to put these 10 into order, but we feel that the cream that rose to the top was Manny Pacquiao just for his incredible record and presence in the ring,” Give Me Sport’s Sam Righton said as he tried to explain his top 10 picks.

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Pacquiao rose to boxing superstardom when he fought and defeated Mexicans Marco Antonio “The Baby Faced Assasin” Barrera, and Erik “El Terrible” Morales in the lower weight category. But Pacquiao has proven to be a cut above the rest when he moved up in weight and challenged everyone who got in his way. Pacquiao has been nicknamed “The Destroyer”, “The People’s Champion” and “Pacman” throughout his illustrious boxing career.

Pacquiao’s last fight was when he was 41 years old, and that was last year, and one that surprised many boxing analysts considering the performance he has shown against a much younger and taller opponent in Keith Thurman. It just goes to show that Pacquiao is phenomenal and exceptional. A gem in the sport of boxing that only appears once every hundred years, or more.

The Boxing Writers Association of America also nominated Pacquiao as Sugar Ray Robinson’s Fighter of the Year and was also named Asia Changer of the Year. Congratulations to Manny Pacquiao for topping the list and to all the other 49 fighters included on the list!

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