Manny Pacquiao turned back the clocked and handed in a vintage performance in taking apart WBA Super champ Keith One Time Thurman, who is a decade his junior. The vintage performance once again stirred up the never-ending debate on where Manny Pacquiao ranks among the all-time great fighters in the history of the sweet science. The internet groups and trolls are at it again with the never-ending debate and comparison of Pacquiao’s career to that of Floyd Mayweather, and whos was better. There’s legitimacy to both sides of the argument. Who has had the better career, Pacquiao or Mayweather?
Manny Pacquiao is debatably an eight-division world champ, he is at least an eight-division belt holder, he is also debatably a top 10 pound for pound great of all-time. He has multiple wins of Marquez and Morales, has a win over Marco Antonio Barrera as well as a win over Lehlo Ledwaba at 122. Then moving up to welterweight-ish division and picking up wins over Oscar, Cotto, Margarito, Bradley twice, and now Broner and Thurman. The Filipino icon is working on his second-generation elite-level welterweights. This coming after running through the featherweights a generation ago when the featherweight division was the best weight class in the sport. This is reaching levels of the absurd with the legendary Filipino the amount of Hall of Famers on his resume is becoming earth-shattering. He has certainly had the better career, he has a better resume then Floyd Mayweather. However, there’s one big caveat, Floyd Mayweather is clearly better than Manny Pacquiao clearly! It’s just that his career and his resume aren’t as good. Floyd is a legit five-division champ with the 50-0 mark, and as good as that is, and it’s great it’s not as good as Pacquiao’s. I don’t want to hear about the infamous “0” Sven Ottke and Joe Calzaghe retired undefeated so unless you want to talk about them being all-time greats, I don’t wanna hear any more of the undefeated thing. However at any point in their career at any weight from 130-147 Floyd beats Manny, Floyd in the early 2000s dominates Pac. Floyd is a better fighter than Manny, however, Pac-Man had the better career and it’s still going.
Consider it this way, Roy Jones Jr in his prime was better than Floyd, RJJ in his prime may have been better than everyone ever. However, he didn’t extend his career like Floyd did. Prime Roy is better than prime Floyd but Floyd had the better career. Pretty clear. That same exact logic applies to the Manny Pacquiao and Floyd discussion. Break down the names and compare the longevity and Pac’s career is better than Money’s. However, Manny Pacquiao at no point in his career at any weight beats Floyd Mayweather. The final verdict Floyd is better than Pacquiao, however, Pacquiao had a better career than Floyd.