MANILA, Philippines—Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are arguably the greatest boxers of their generation, but from fighting style to career paths, the two are quite different.
Pacquiao ran amok through eight divisions, facing whoever top fighter he could land his fists on while Mayweather solidified himself as one of the savviest boxers and was even criticized for choosing who of his potential opponents can provide the biggest pay day.
But for the legendary boxer Bernard Hopkins, Pacquiao’s legacy and choice of opponents are more appealing than Mayweather’s, saying that it’s not about the money.
“I’d rather have Manny Pacquiao’s legacy than Floyd Mayweather’s,” Hopkins told The Ring Magazine. “Manny fought everybody and Floyd fought guys (on his watch).”
Hopkins (55-8-2, 32 knockouts), a former undisputed middleweight champion and a two-time Ring Magazine light heavyweight champion, said that although Mayweather carefully chose who he fought, it’s unfair to say that he ducked his opponents.
“Manny fought who his promoter wanted him to fight,” said Hopkins. “And Floyd fought the guys that were financially lucrative.”
“I don’t think Floyd gave two you-know-whats about how people feel whether he fought the best guys or not. It was strictly business for Floyd.”
Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs) was the first and only boxer to win World titles in seven divisions when he defeated Miguel Cotto in 2009 for the WBO World welterweight title, he also added the special WBC Diamond welterweight belt.
The Filipino ring icon then reached insurmountable levels when he bludgeoned Antonio Margarito in 2010 to take the WBC World super welterweight title to become the only boxer to have won championships in eight weight classes.