Manny Pacquiao’s star power continues to shine as he emerged on top among active boxers in an honor roll released by a distinguished boxing magazine.
In the Top 50 Boxers of All Time of boxing magazine The Pugilist, the eight-division world champion landed on the 11th spot, beating his contemporaries like Oscar De La Hoya, Juan Manuel Marquez, Erik Morales and Floyd Mayweather in the ranking.
His spot was just below the No. 9 and No. 10 rankings of legendary sluggers Roberto Duran and Sugar Ray Leonard.
Pound for pound great Sugar Ray Robinson, who has 109 knockouts in 200 bouts, topped the list followed by Muhammad Ali, Henry Armstrong, Harry Greb, Joe Louis, Willie Pep, Sam Langford and Jack Johnson.
The magazine noted that Pacquiao’s ability to dominate his younger foes like Keith Thurman, Adrien Broner and Lucas Matthysse despite being 41 years old made him a cut above the rest.
“Manny Pacquiao is the highest active boxer at 11th and Floyd Mayweather might be the most annoyed boxer on the list,” said Ryan Sidle of sportbible.com.
Mayweather, the unbeaten American who is considered as Pacquiao’s bitter nemesis, was at No. 39 while De La Hoya was two notches ahead at No. 37.
Morales, the Mexican who clashed with Pacquiao in a memorable super featherweight match in 2005, was at No. 46 while Juan Manuel Marquez at 48 and Mike Tyson at 49.