Not in the top five: where is Manny Pacquiao among the best super flyweights in history

A year after confirming his retirement as a professional boxer, manny pacquiao announced his return to the ring for a series of exhibitions. The

A year after confirming his retirement as a professional boxer, announced his return to the ring for a series of exhibitions. The first will be on December 10, when he faces Korean youtuber DK Yoo in Seoul at a benefit evening. In February of next year, the Filipino would already have a deal to face undefeated Frenchman Jaber Zayani in Saudi Arabia.

manny pacquiao boasts one of the most illustrious careers in history. Pac-Man is the only fighter to have won world titles in eight different divisions: from flyweight to super welterweight. However, it was in the super featherweight category where he made some of his most important fights and others that were part of great rivalries.

As an excuse for the fight to be held this Friday, September 23, between Shakur Stevenson and Robson Conceicao for the WBC and WBO super featherweight titles, the site “Give me Sports” made a ranking of the best fighters who went through 130 pounds in the history.

Pac-Man closed his career with a record of 62 wins, eight losses and two draws.

The list includes protagonists such as Julio César Chávez in ninth place and in third. manny pacquiaoon the other hand, is located in the sixth position. the filipino boxer He remained in the super featherweight category for three years, between 2005 and March 2008, and made eight fights with a balance of seven wins and one loss. The first place in the ranking went to Nicaraguan Alexis Arguello, considered one of the best 130-pounders of all time.

On his way to 130 pounds, manny pacquiao He faced a boxer of the stature of Érik “Terrible” Morales -on three occasions-, Jorge Solís, Marco Antonio Barrera and Juan Manuel Márquez. During that period in the category he held the world title of the World Boxing Council (WBC).

Pacquiao and Mayweather fought in the welterweight division

Who is Pacquiao’s next opponent?

After having lost by unanimous decision against the Cuban Yordenis Ugas in his last professional fight, manny pacquiao will return to the ring during the first quarter of next year. His rival will be Jaber Zayani, a 31-year-old Frenchman who has a record of 18 wins, with 11 before the limit, with no draws or losses.

Zayani, despite the unofficial nature of the fight, stated that he intends to make his mark. “I am seeing this as my biggest opportunity and I will surely make the most of it. It is an exhibition, but it is still an opportunity to show my talent”, he mentioned in “Manila Times”. The Frenchman was part of the Filipino’s sparring team in the run-up to his fight against Keith Thurman in 2019.