Many a fight fan would tell you that Floyd “Money” Mayweather is the king of this era of boxing. Others may argue Manny Pacquiao is the man deserving of the honor.
Famed boxing trainer Freddie Roach — who just so happens to corner the Filipino star — thinks the answer is pretty clear, he told Boxing Scene recently (h/t Bleacher Report):
“Manny had eight world titles and a lot of great opponents and so forth. Mayweather had the same, had a great career and [was] undefeated, so I guess we’re going to have to give it to Mayweather — but Manny was a lot more exciting for the fans. Mayweather had no losses and so forth, so he’s probably the king of this era.”
As Roach noted, Pacquiao won eight world titles in eight different weight divisions. He is the first and only boxer ever to do so. Voted fighter of the decade for his dominance from 2000-2010 by several reputable boxing associations, Pacquiao has victories over Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito, Ricky Hatton, Oscar De La Hoya and Juan Manuel Marquez.
But after having gone 49-0, Mayweather’s accolades are hard to match. The money-making prize fighter has seen his hand raised over every opponent he’s faced in his professional career, including Pacquiao, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Cotto, Hatton, De La Hoya, Shane Mosley, Marquez and Arturo Gatti.
After five years of pressure to face each other, Mayweather and Pacquiao finally met inside the ring earlier this year. Mayweather scored a lopsided unanimous decision in what became the most lucrative match in boxing history.