- The CBS Sports rankings of the best welterweight boxers since 1970 ranked Manny Pacquiao at the third spot
- He was only behind Sugra Ray Leonard and rival Floyd Mayweather
- Pacquiao’s inclusion in the list was attributed to his steady rise in weight over a legendary 25-year career
Manny Pacquiao was named as the third greatest boxer in the world in the past 50 years.
The 41-year-old Filipino champion boxer was ranked third in the World’s Greatest Welterweight Boxers since 1970 behind Sugra Ray Leonard and Pacquiao’s rival Floyd Mayweather on the first and second spot, respectively.
In CBS Sports rankings of the best welterweight boxers since 1970, boxing expert Brian Campbell said Pacquiao being the only eight-division champion could not be excluded in the list “thanks to his steady rise in weight over a legendary 25-year career.”
“It turns out the Filipino icon measures up just fine at 147 pounds historically, even if his power seemed to level off just a bit,” Campbell added.
The boxing expert further said that the welterweight victories of Pacquiao over Oscar De La Hoya in 2008 and Miguel Cotto in 2009 saw him at his very best.
“The fact that he would drop and outpoint unbeaten Keith Thurman 10 years later at the age of 40 to reclaim a title just speaks to his overall greatness,” Campbell went on noting that Pacquiao added welterweight wins over Josh Clottey, Shane Mosley, Juan Manuel Marquez, Timothy Bradley Jr. (twice), Brandon Rios, Jessie Vargas, Lucas Matthysse and Adrien Broner.
Other boxers included in the top 10 boxers since 1970 were Pernell Whitaker, Thomas Hearns, Felix Trinidad, Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto, Donald Curry, and Errol Spence, Jr.