In a video done by FOX Sports in the summer of last year, Manny Pacquiao revealed to the camera his top four fighters that get a place on his own boxing Mount Rushmore.
The Filipino known as ‘Pacman’ is the only eight-division world champion in the history of boxing and has won 12 major world titles in his career.
Moreover, Pacquaio was the first boxer to win major world titles in four of the eight divisions; flyweight, featherweight, lightweight and welterweight.
Although being a senator of the Philippines hasn’t stopped him from fighting, he reveals his top four fighters of all time.
“You’re giving me a hard time”, Pacquaio stated.
At number four on the list is Roy Jones Jr, who held several world championships in four weight classes from 1989 to 2018. The former American boxer, who has a dual American and Russian citizenship, won titles at middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight.
BoxRec ranks him as the 29th greatest pound for pound fighter of all time.
Next on the list is Julio Cesar Chavez. Born in Mexico, Chavez would go on to win multiple championships in three weight divisions. ‘The Caesar of Boxing’ was listed as the world’s best boxer, pound for pound, from 1990 to 1993.
Defending his titles proved to be one of his most prolific skills. The Mexican holds records for the most total successful defenses of world titles (27), shared with Omar Narvaez.
The great Muhammad Ali is ranked second. When you think of boxing, Muhammad Ali springs to mind. He is widely regarded as one of the sport’s most prominent figures ever to grace boxing in the 20th century. Many of them rank Ali as the greatest heavyweight boxer of all time. As well as being a high-profile figure during the civil rights movements in the 1960s, he maintained a successful boxing career with a record of 56 wins and five losses.
Many sports fans will recognise the iconic photo of Ali’s greatness when he knocked out Sonny Liston in 1965 to remain heavyweight champion.
There are numerous awards Muhammad Ali has won in his career, from winning a gold medal in the 1960 Olympics to being named Sports Personality of the Century. A poll conducted by the BBC revealed that he accumulated more votes than the combined total of the other five contenders; Pele, George Best, Donald Bradman, Jack Nicklaus and Jesse Owens.
At the top of the summit is Sugar Ray Leonard. The former American boxer is arguably regarded as one of the greatest boxers to enter the ring. He competed between 1977 and 1997, winning world titles in five weight classes, the lineal championship in three weight classes and being the undisputed welterweight champion.
Boxing is a multimillion-dollar sport. Ray Leonard was the first boxer to earn more than $100 million and was named “Boxer of the Decade” in the 1980s. In 2016, Leonard was voted by The Ring Magazine the greatest living fighter.
So there you have it, Manny Pacquaio’s top four fighters of all time. Do we mention the fact he missed out a certain Floyd Mayweather?