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MANNY PACQUIAO, FLOYD MAYWEATHER'S GREATEST GIFT TO THE BOXING WORLD

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By G. Leon

Over the years undefeated pound for pound Picasso Floyd Mayweather Jr has blessed boxing fans with the gift of his magnificent boxing ability. In the last ten years Mayweather has remained undefeated while holding titles in five different weight classes, a feat no previous “fighter of the decade” had ever accomplished. With that being said, it’s difficult for me to find a greater gift that Floyd Mayweather has given us than Manny Pacquiao the mega-star.

There can be no denying that Manny Pacquiao was a force to be reckoned with before his match with Oscar De La Hoya. His fights with Barrera, Morales and Marquez were legendary, but not mainstream. Manny Pacquiao owes much of his current status to the opportunity afforded to him by Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Had Mayweather Jr. not retired and decided to go through with the not so anticipated rematch with Oscar De La Hoya, Mayweather would have likely won the fight more convincingly than he did the first time around, thus preventing Pacquiao from being able to give Oscar De La Hoya the worst beating he’s ever taken.

“We owe Floyd big time for making that move, for vacating the stage, for leaving De La Hoya available, staying out of boxing for the period that he did, and letting us clean up, and educate the public about Manny Pacquiao. We owe Floyd big time for that. Did he do it to help us? Of course not, but that’s the way it happened,” said Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum.

Ah, Manny Pacquiao, perhaps the most wonderful accident boxing has ever had. With all these Ivy-leaguers running the networks and big time promoters, who have an abundance of…

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