Opinion

What will be Manny Pacquiao’s place in boxing history?

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We ask a panel of experts how the great Pac Man, Manny Pacquiao will be remembered

Paul Edwards
Former British champion
He’ll be an all-time great, without a doubt. But would I rank him in my top five? I’m not too sure. But the best of his era was Floyd Mayweather. He is an all-time great Pacquiao, he’s an absolute animal.

Dave Coldwell
Leading trainer

He’s got to have a really lofty position because to come from that little flyweight who got knocked out a couple of times to just go through all the divisions fighting all the names that he has done is a fantastic achievement. So he is right up there with one of the greats.

Alex Steedman
Television broadcaster
A legend. His journey through boxing’s weight divisions is simply ridiculous. Box office for most of his career, Pacquiao was just about unplayable from ’05-11. And he smiled the whole way through! My man.

Andy Clarke
Commentator
As an all-time great. His rise through the weight divisions, his ability to carry his power up through those weights and his longevity all mark him out as a truly remarkable performer. Last year, at 40, he took down a 30-year-old, 29-0 Keith Thurman, 24 years after his pro debut. Just let that sink in, it’s unbelievable really.

Declan Taylor
Boxing reporter
He has to be in the debate as the greatest southpaw ever and considering his work across weight divisions he is likely in the top 20 of all time. (And that’s not to mention he also has one of the finest singing voices of his generation.)

Read Thomas Hauser’s special account of Manny Pacquiao at his best here

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