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Pacquiao keeps shining

Ian Suyu

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He may be busy in his legislative work, but Manny Pacquiao keeps on shining in the international arena.

The fighting senator from General Santos City emerged on top of the 30 Greatest Welterweight Boxers of All Time, besting some of the biggest names in boxing like Oscar de la Hoya, Shane Mosley, Juan Manuel Marquez and Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Pacquiao ranked third in the all-time list just below Sugar Ray Robinson and Sugar Ray Leonard.

Robinson ruled the division after posting 173 wins in 200 fights with 109 knockouts all throughout a colorful career that spans from 1940 to 1965.

He racked up a 91-bout winning streak from 1943 to 1951, enough for boxing fans to tag him as the best in the welterweight fighter ever to step on the canvass.

But it was Pacquiao who made heads turn.

Pacquiao, earned the nods of fans for winning titles in eight weight classes.

Although Mayweather beat him in a controversial fashion, the 41-year-old Pacquiao quickly picked up the pieces and dominated much younger foes like Keith Thurman, Adrien Broner and Lucas Matthysse on his previous bouts.

“Pacman is boxing’s only ever Octuple champion as he held world titles in eight different weight classes,” said Jack Douglas of givemesport.com

“He was beaten via unanimous division when he fought Mayweather in Las Vegas before becoming a leading figure in Filipino politics.”

Thomas Hearns, who won 61 times in 67 battles, landed fourth while Roberto Duran was fifth, Pernell Whitaker sixth, Henry Armstrong seventh, Julio Cesar Chavez eight, De La Hoya ninth and Mayweather 10th.

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