Wednesday, 12 December 2012 00:20

Manny Pacquiao and Legacies

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Manny Pacquiao's loss on Saturday night has many thinking about how he will be remembered.
Boxing is a hard, brutal art form. The toughest and most skillful are hero-worshipped by so many.

Some are left forgotten, some remembered by a select few and others are remembered through the generations as a source of inspiration and excellence.

It can be hard to predict how current boxers will be remembered but one thing is for sure - Everyone of them is fighting to secure their legacy.


During the 1960s, who could have predicted that a brash, young man named Cassius Clay, later known as Muhammad Ali, would someday be known as anything other than just a great fighter? These days people are still taking up boxing after being inspired by the great man. He can also can be accredited for helping racial acceptance and his legacy has far exceeded what anyone had expected or hoped for.

Also, it's been more than 50 years since Joe Louis and Rocky Marciano retired. They have managed to stay very much in the minds of people who were not even old enough to see them living and they are still talked about as being amongst the best heavyweights ever.

Fight Legends Joe Louis and Rocky Marciano

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Sugar Ray Robinson is widely regarded as the greatest boxer that ever lived and I fully agree with that designation. The term 'Pound for Pound' was created for him as a way to describe his greatness. Most people who talk about Robinson also mention Jake LaMotta and the legendary battles they had, despite the fact their last fight (Robinson vs LaMotta VI) was nearly 62 years ago.

So how will Manny Pacquiao be remembered?

Saturday's fight was not the end of him. I still believe Manny Pacquiao can win another world title and still beat most everyone at his weight.

He's not finished but his best years have passed.


In the years to come people will certainly remember the PacMan. He has been named the Fighter of the Decade, won Fighter of the Year numerous times and spent four years as RING Magazines pound for pound best fighter on the planet. In addition, he won the 2009 KO of the Year after sensationally stopping Ricky Hatton in two rounds. And, of course, Manny Pacquiao is also the only man to win 10 world titles in 8 weight divisions.

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As a humanitarian, the assistance he has given to the poor also goes far beyond kindness. Perhaps its not directly related to boxing and his inside-the-ring accomplishments but its still very relevant to Pacquiao's legacy.

Manny Pacquiao's dominance in the ring and humble nature outside it have made him an idol.


I will always be grateful and remember the many fantastic wars he has given us over the years.


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