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Rule The Time

I love familiar things. Not 15 minutes ago I got back from my local corner store, and I’ve stopped in so many times after big fights that without even asking, the guy behind the sandwich counter made my usual order when I queued up. It was nice of him.

Manny Pacquiao is not familiar. He is not nice, or pleasant, or kind, or anything else along those lines, not when he gets into a boxing ring. You may not realize it yet, but when you’re watching him you’re watching one of the very greatest fighters of all time. It’s not that he edges out or narrowly defeats boxers in heavier weight classes; it’s that he beats, destroys really, one man after another from flyweight to welterweight. That is unprecedented. Over the course of his professional career he’s added something like a quarter of his initial weight to his fighting weight and not just maintained relevance, or competitiveness- he’s succeeded in destroying world fucking class fighters at the higher weights. Shane Mosley is the generally considered world champion at welterweight; Cotto holds a win over him. Cotto was destroyed tonight by Pacquiao. Pacquiao has entered the stage where I don’t need to do anything to praise him except state accurately what he’s done.

He’s the best fighter I’ve ever seen. I don’t give a fuck what happens against Floyd Mayweather if that fight even happens: Floyd may beat him but he’ll never be him, never have that kind of record of dominance from one weight to another against one hall of famer after another. Manny Pacquiao is the best. He’s almost certainly one of the ten greatest fighters of all time, maybe one of the five, and if I live another 50 years- which I may- I don’t expect to see his equal. He’s the best fighter in the world. He rules the time, as much as a Michael Jordan or a Wayne Gretzky ever did.

He’s knocked out 4 hall of famers and beaten 5 and demolished more excellent fighters and belt holders than I can name. What can you say? He’s the best.

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November 15, 2009 - Posted by | Boxing |

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