The 10 greatest welterweights of all time

Tony Connolly, with his weekly column, this week asks Birmingham Mail boxing journalistic legend Mike Lockley to name the 10 greatest welterweights of all time

9. Manny Pacquiao

The Filipino fighter’s flirtation with weight divisions makes his true impact on the welterweight division hard to assess. But his blistering hand speed, power and, at times, fragility combine to make him the most exciting fighter in the world today.

And the Pac Man has beaten some great fighters at welterweight. You simply can’t ignore wins over the likes of Juan Manuel Marquez, Timothy Bradley, Miguel Cotto and Oscar De La Hoya.

Manny lost the biggest bout of his career, however, dropping the decision to Floyd Mayweather in last year’s superfight.

Manny Pacquiao


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  • So Mike Lockley thinks that Manny and Mayweather should be in the top 10 but that the likes of Tommy Hearns, Roberto Duran and Wilfred Benitez shouldn’t be – ridiculous!

    He also lists fighters that he could only have seen the merest fraction of their careers on film, if any at all – for these he’s essentially regurgitating older boxing writer’s and historian’s opinions rather than really his own.
    However he’s not the only one – there are many fans today who accept SRR to be the best boxer of all-time without seeing even one of his fights, many others do the same after seeing less than 20% of his 199 pro fights.


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