By Hugh Jasol
Manny Pacquiao gets picked on a lot, but if we really want to be fair and balanced, we have to admit that what he has done is above and beyond what any other fighter has ever done in the sport. Eight world titles and eight divisions is no joke and it tops any feet accomplished by any other fighter in the history of the sport.
Beating monsters so much bigger than him and dominating them. That’s historical, not Bernard Hopkins barely beating Jean Pascal. Pacquiao has done it all and he is a superstar, the likes of which has never been seen before. He is a congressman, singer, actor, boxer, husband, father, son, spokesman, and business man. The man is a true marvel and deserves the proper amount of respect.
It is for this reason that I propose the four sanctioning bodies get together to create a special division, just for Manny. It could be called the EPO: The Elite Pacquiao Organization and it would only rank the elite fighters from every division from lightweight to middleweight. From this group of warriors, Manny and his team could pick the next monster to slay and not have to deal with picking through all the lesser fighters who don’t belong. There could also be a tournament with the winner facing Manny. Think of the possibilities.
For this special division, Pacquiao would need a special belt. Think Diamond Belt, only with more diamonds and platinum. Something befitting of a living legend.
You might think that this proposal is a bit excessive, but think about it. A fighter like Pacquiao only comes around once in a lifetime and if there was ever a fighter who deserved this elite treatment, it’s Pacquiao.
Go back in history and see for yourself.
Pacquiao has already passed De la Hoya, Roy Jones, and Bernard Hopkins in accomplishments. Mayweather is afraid to fight him. And if you really want to be honest, Pacquiao’s accomplishments already far exceed some of the guys on the all-time list. Sugar Ray Robinson lost 19 times, to some guys you never even heard of! And did Henry Armstrong ever send Antonio Margarito to the hospital? I don’t think so!
Let’s honor Pacquiao while he’s still with us. The EPO will be the biggest thing in boxing and totally good for the sport.
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