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Best 25 fighters of the last 25 years: Number Three

Manny Pacquiao
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Tris Dixon lists the best 25 boxers from the past quarter of a century

3 Manny Pacquiao

FOR a few years, until around 2010, Pacquaio was one of the most amazing attacking forces boxing has witnessed. His shellacking of Marco Antonio Barrera will live long in the memory, as will his battering of Erik Morales in their rubber match. That he never quite got his head around Juan Manuel Marquez is no disgrace, but the destructive warpath that saw him annihilate De La Hoya, David Diaz, Ricky Hatton, Cotto and Antonio Margarito was awe-inspiring. A controversial loss to Timothy Bradley (since avenged) and the face-first KO loss to Marquez saw his stock drop, but at his best “Pac Man” was an all-time great who won titles from flyweight through to light-middle.

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