Manny Pacquiao Reveals His Mount Rushmore of Boxing, Which Excludes Undefeated Rival Floyd Mayweather and Legend Mike Tyson

Published 05/14/2022, 12:02 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 01: Floyd Mayweather Jr. (L) and Manny Pacquiao face off during their official weigh-in on May 1, 2015 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two will face each other in a welterweight unification bout on May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

The former world champion, Manny Pacquiao, is considered one of the finest boxers of his generation. In one of his past videos, he revealed his favorite boxers list, which didn’t include the likes of Floyd Mayweather and Mike Tyson. 

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In an interview with Fox Sports, the interviewer asked Pacquiao about his 4 top boxers of all time. Pacquiao fumbled a bit at the start. Eventually, he replied, “You’re giving me a hard time. Uhm, Roy Jones Jr., Julio César Chávez [Sr.], Muhammad Ali, I would like to include my … Sugar [Ray] Leonard.”

Pacquiao uttered the names of legendary boxers who have achieved great feats in their career. Shockingly, he didn’t take the name of Floyd Mayweather and Mike Tyson, who are considered the greatest of their respective generations. 

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The hype of the match went to a sky-high level when the boxing fraternity came to know about the two legendary boxers facing each other in the ring.

Moreover, this clash attracted a huge amount of crowd as the five-weight division champion, Pretty Boy, was about to face the eight-weight division champion, Manny Pacquiao. 

LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 02: Floyd Mayweather Jr. throws a left at Manny Pacquiao during their welterweight unification championship bout on May 2, 2015 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

The fighters exchanged and dodged some astonishing punches during the fight. Nevertheless, both the boxers portrayed a memorable contest that was up to the expectations of the crowd. 

In the end, it was the undefeated Floyd Mayweather who won the match by a decision.

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 However, this fight fetched a lot of money in the pot for both the fighters. ‘Money’ Mayweather, who won the fight, earned $180 million through this fight. Whereas, Pacquiao went home with $120 million with him. 

Now that both boxers have retired from professional boxing, still, the boxing fraternity celebrates them as the greatest of the sport for their significant achievements.

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Well, it was a surprising reply from Manny Pacquiao where he didn’t include the names of legendary heavyweight Mike Tyson and his former rival Floyd Mayweather on his list. 

What are your views on Pacquiao’s preferences for his favorite fighters? Let us know in the comments below.

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Mohit More

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Mohit More is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate of the International Institute of Sports Management, he is a sports enthusiast and has played boxing, cricket, and basketball at various levels. Mohit is a staunch follower of Mayweather and Gennady Golovkin.

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