By Nick Giongco
Manny Pacquiao is the more accomplished fighter compared to Floyd Mayweather, one of boxing’s most influential people declared on Tuesday during a lively Q&A with Filipino sportswriters in Manila.
“His 62-7-2 (win-loss-draw) record is greater than Mayweather’s 50-0,” international matchmaker Sean Gibbons said during the weekly Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum at the Amelie Hotel in Ermita.
Though he may be partial – since he serves as MP Promotion president – Gibbons feels what the Filipino star has done outweighs the undefeated Mayweather’s unblemished mark.
Last July 20 in Las Vegas, Pacquiao, ten years older at 40, handed Keith Thurman his first loss in 30 fights.
“What he’s (Pacquiao) done in the last year, Manny Pacquiao (and) Sugar Ray Robinson are the two greatest fighters ever,” said Gibbons, whose clientele also includes reigning International Boxing Federation super-flyweight titlist Jerwin Ancajas, ex-world champion Marlon Tapales and a bevy of other Filipino punchers.
“Even at 40 years old, Pacquiao is creating history. Nobody’s doing what he’s doing,” he said.
“Floyd loves to use the Senator’s name. The Senator’s legacy is growing, growing and growing and Floyd’s gone bonkers (because of that).”
Pacquiao is still celebrating his latest win and won’t be returning to the ring until the first week of 2020.
Mayweather’s name is being mentioned and Gibbons admits Pacquiao’s is aching to get one more crack at Mayweather.
“Everything is geared towards getting a Mayweather rematch but if it doesn’t happen, there are still options.”
While Mayweather, 42, has never tasted defeat, his last few victories have come against questionable opposition.
After beating Pacquiao in May 2015, Mayweather cherry-picked Andre Berto in September of the same year.
Then Mayweather took on MMA pride Conor McGregor in August 2017 before figuring in a farce of an exhibition match with a diminutive Japanese kickboxer who was dispatched in less than a round late last year.