By Don Donatello
The unbelievers of Manny Pacquiao’s greatness are starting to come around. Whether they know it or not, they are finally realizing that Pacquiao is a GOAT candidate, maybe THE GREATEST ever. Of course they don’t spell it outright; but it’s in their words, between the lines.
I have been tailing the PacHaters and they are giving themselves away. Has anyone else notice the difference in their words? After years of pre-fight bravado predicting of Pacquiao’s loss, their tone has changed. The PacHaters are now setting the bar higher and ever higher for Pacquiao. This act alone is a clear sign of Pacquiao’s greatness.
How often does a current fighter expected to fight one, two, maybe even three divisions above his natural weight class? There is only one current fighter who is expected to go way beyond his own weight to fight a much bigger opponent to prove his worth. That fighter is Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao a natural Light Welterweight at 140 pounds, he is not a full blown Welterweight. He has never reached the limit of Welterweight in any of his fights at that division.
Pacquiao is the reigning P4P titlist. Behind him are Floyd Mayweather Jr., Nonito Donaire, and Sergio Martinez. No one on that list are ever seriously expected to fight the Champion two weight divisions above their natural weight.
Sergio Martinez is not even expected to fight one division upward and beat the legitimate Champion. A Martinez/Lucian Bute at Super Middleweight does not even register a blip on the boxing radar screen. Nonito Donaire taking on the Featherweight Champ Juan Manuel Lopez is a year or two away. And Floyd Mayweather looks below his division for an opponent to justify his worth; like fighting the Lightweight Champ in Juan Manuel Marquez and former Lightweight Champ in Ricky Hatton.
On the other hand, Pacquiao has been named to fight a guy who stepped into the ring at around 168 pounds in his last fight, Sergio Martinez. In his last fight, Pacquiao at fight night against Margarito came into the ring at 148 pounds. Calling for a fighter who weighs 148 pounds to fight an opponent who weighs 168 pounds reveals their recognition of Pacquiao’s greatness. They have exposed, not by choice, their true belief that Pacquiao is the best fighter on the planet today.
Floyd Mayweather refused to be weighed at fight night against Juan Manuel Marquez. Marquez weighed in at 142 pounds and Mayweather weighed in at 146 in their fight. By fight night, Mayweather looks like he had a 15 pound advantage. Sergio Martinez was the bigger man in his last fight against Serhiy Dzinziruk at Middleweight. In Ring Magazine, Serhiy Dzinziruk is listed as a Jr. Middleweight.
The PacHaters used to be bold in their words. They used to say that Pacquiao will be KO’d. They predicted that Pacquiao will be overpowered by his bigger opponent. Pacquiao would not be able to take the kind of punches that his huge opponent can dish out, they boasted. As Pacquiao demolished each one of his bigger opponents, their tune took a detour.
What happened to all the bravado? Mr. Bravado made a right turn into the excuse alley. Antonio Margarito has been off too long, they said after the massacre. Before the fight, the PacHater’s predicted a knockout for Margarito. Before the fight, Miguel Cotto was too big and strong. After the slaughter of Cotto, the 146 contracted weight was the sole reason for Pacquiao’s victory.
The PacHater’s have recognized Pacquiao’s greatness. They no longer predict that Pacquiao will lose. They now “hope” that Shane Mosley can win. Have you notice that? They no longer see any formidable opponent at 147 for Pacquiao. The PacHaters are blindly firing at every direction and hope one can bring down Pacquiao. There is even an absurd suggestion that a Lightweight can somehow be a formidable opponent for Pacquiao. Talk about moronic.
The PacHaters are now calling for Pacquiao to fight not one, but two division above his weight. According to Emanuel Steward of HBO, Pacquiao is a natural Jr. Welterweight who should be fighting at or below the 140 pound division. If that is the case, then Pacquiao is even expected to fight someone three division above his weight to show his worth.
That is the sign that the PacHaters are now admitting that Manny Pacquiao might just be the Greatest fighter that ever lived.
Even Sugar Ray Robinson failed to beat an opponent who was only 15 and ½ pounds bigger than himself. In June 25th of 1952, Robinson was stopped via TKO in the 14th round against Joey Maxim.
They fought at the Light Heavyweight division, Maxim weighed in at 173 and Robinson weighed in at 157 and ½.
Manny Pacquiao fought Margarito at 150 pounds with a 17 pound advantage for Margarito.
Robinson’s disadvantage of 15 and ½ pound is 9.8% of his weight.
Pacquiao’s disadvantage of 17 pounds is 11.4% of his weight.
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