What short memories people have.
I'm talking about fights as far back as 2001, when he fought Ledwaba for the IBF strap on 2 weeks notice and beat the shit out of him in 6 rounds.
The stretch from 2001 to 2008 was phenomenal, exciting to watch and full of classic fights. Pacquiao won, lost, won again and did his thing in style.
I can watch Pacquiao fights over and over again.
While I enjoy watching highlights of Floyd fights, the only fights that I've watched several times over are the Jose Luis Castillo fights and the Maidana fights, because of the amount of action that the opponent was bringing.
Pacquiao's entire body of work is a lot bigger and significant altogether than just looking at his fight with Floyd.
Yes, Floyd won and is the better overall Boxer. Everyone knew that going into the fight because of how matchups work. No one is arguing that.
However the point that I do strongly believe in is that Pacquiao has earned the right to take whatever matchups are put in front of him, even if the risk level is not commensurate with his fighting ability and talent.
Just for the sake of clarity, Terrence Crawford is one of my "elite level fighters" alongside Andre Ward, Rigondeaux, Chocolatito and Vasyl Lomachenko.
If Pacquiao were to fight Crawford, then he would get that ass taxed because Crawford is that good. Understandably, as Crawford may well retire him in the ring, from a risk perspective you would of course ask for 20 to 25 million.
Know why ? Because after that spanking, he wouldn't even get Jeff Horn level paydays. Dollars and cents, that's what matters in the twilight of your career.
One last point:
We will never again have a 8 division champion in the history of Boxing, unless another once-in-a-generation talent comes along.