Despite losing to Floyd Mayweather in 2015, Manny Pacquiao does not believe his fierce rival is among the greatest boxers of all time.
In a recent interview, via the Mirror, the Pac-Man was asked who was on his “Mount Rushmore” of boxing.
While legendary fighters like Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard made the cut, there was no room for his old foe Mayweather, who retired in 2017 with an unblemished 50-0 record.
“Roy Jones Jr, Julio Cesar Chavez, Muhammad Ali and I will not include myself so Sugar Ray Leonard.”
Pacquiao’s surprising comments came just a few days after his long-time coach Freddie Roach claimed that the Pac-Man’s boxing career was greater than his former rival Mayweather’s.
“Manny is one of the greatest fighters of all time,” Roach told Betway Insider’s US blog.
“Look at the roster of Hall of Famers he beat when they were still at their peak; and many were world champions when he fought them.
"Take nothing away from Floyd, no one ever beat him, but if you did a little digging into when he fought a lot of them, I think you will see a difference overall in the quality of Manny's victories."
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Pacquiao is set to return to the boxing ring this weekend against Cuba’s Yordenis Ugas.
Ugas is 23-4 as a professional and will be defending his WBA (Super) welterweight title on fight night.
While Ugas is an excellent boxer in his own right, Pacquiao was originally slated to face the undefeated pound-for-pound talent Errol Spence Jr in what could have been an outstanding contest.
However, just a few weeks out from the bout, Spence Jr was forced to withdraw after suffering a retinal tear in his left eye.
His eye injury is the latest in a long line of setbacks for Spence Jr, who was involved in a shocking single-vehicle car accident in 2019 that left him in intensive care.
Shockingly, he suffered no broken bones but was charged for driving under the influence and placed on probation.
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