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.
Pac has already had his share of "Passes" and here you are trying to give him another one vs Horn. BS, that time has long passed for him receiving passes because he used those up already facing Bradley 3 times, Marquez 4 times, David Diaz, and his sketchy timed matches vs Shane (waiting until 2 years later after Floyd and Mora beat him and he looked washed up) although Shane agreed to face him at the CW they asked for of 142 after Mosley's KO of Margarito and they said no; how about Manny's constant insistence of CW fights with Cotto for Miguel's title and after Cotto was brutalized at the loaded gloves of Margarito and taking on Morales after he got beaten by Raheem and looked totally drained by the 3rd fight. Or that farce of draining Oscar and not allowing him to rehydrate.
Jesus, I could go on and on......and we all gotta know by now that there was something highly suspicious about that Clottey fight, please don't get me started.
This dude was a Sham and a Scam, obviously he must have been juicing because once he was called on it by Mayweather he made not taking a simple blood draw an issue for stopping the most important fight of that time when they were both at their primes and his KO ratio all but totally disappeared after he was asked to routinely draw blood for subsequent bouts.
As far as Floyd, then it's obvious you don't find the Gatti fight entertaining, the Cotto fight entertaining, Corley fight entertaining, the Ndou fight entertaining, the Corrales fight entertaining, I could throw a few others in there but something has really got to be wrong with your eyesight if you think those fights were boring.
Besides, whenever someone says "Floyd is boring", I often reflect that there are two fighters in the ring and if the other guy has been totally neutralized on what he could do then, wouldn't that make the other guy boring?
Case in point, Floyd vs Manny!! Floyd did his thing as always, all the Manny faithful was the ones saying he was going to be throwing combinations and KO Mayweather and when it popped off, he was totally ineffective aka BORING!!
Edited by BrutUalBK, 19 June 2017 - 11:33 PM.