Sunday 25th June 2017,
Sports Alchemist
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The fifth division champion..winner takes it all

Manny Pacquiao’s dominance got him the no.1 pound per pound king and earns him a spot on the mythical 4 weight division champions. Manny joins the rank of Thomas Hearns, Ray Charles Leonard, Roberto “Hands of stone” Duran, Pernell Whitaker, The Golden Boy Oscar De La Hoya, Leo Gamez, Roy Jones Jr. and Floyd “ Money Mayweather Jr.
Manny Pacquiao the only Asian on the rank is gunning for a fifth division title adding the Jr. Welterweight held by Ricky “The hitman” Hatton. The recognize alphabet of boxing has only 4 distinguish belts namely WBC, WBA, WBO and IBF; Hatton has the lesser IBO belt on his waist. The IBF belt is held by Paulie Malignaggi and a titular showdown with Hatton was already penciled out. Although Ricky doesn’t have a legitimate belt but he is recognized as the Ring Magazine light welterweight champion. If Pacquiao decides to challenge Hatton then a buy out should take place.
Manny Pacquiao has change history and although Leo Gamez was the lightest of all the ranking superstars but he was unheard of. Manny went from flyweight, super Bantamweight, Super featherweight and now the WBC lightweight champion and the fact that Manny was considered as the no. 1 pound per pound king makes him at par with Oscar, Roy Jones and Floyd Mayweather who are respective top pound per pound kings in their time. The Barrera fight was a legitimate fight on which Manny has won the People’s champ belt after dismantling Barrera in the 10th round. Manny should have been considered a five time weight division champion already.
So what are the qualifications of a legit belt division holder? The Alphabet belts? Or the people’s recognized champion… Manny has to face Hatton to be part again of history…
The belts are just the tip of the ice berg… Hatton is considered the best in the junior welterweight division… this fight is for bragging rights… The strong survives… so move over Paulie…the people wants a face off… and the winner takes it all.

Jess Matthew Beltran

Jess has contributed a thousand plus articles to various international and local sports sites. He is still finishing up an e-book which talks about basketball and life. Message him at [email protected]

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Jess has contributed a thousand plus articles to various international and local sports sites. He is still finishing up an e-book which talks about basketball and life. Message him at [email protected]