If Pacquiao retires, who would you rate as the top 3 opponents of his career?
I think the first two choices are obvious, based on results and competitiveness. The third one is up for debate. Anyway, here's my list:
1. Márquez - He went 1-2-1 against Pacquiao (some would argue that he might have won, at least, two of the fights), won more rounds against him than anybody, and stopped him while Pacquiao was still considered a top 3 P4P fighter.
2. Morales - He went 1-2 against Pacquiao and was the only one, between 2005 and 2012, to hold a legit, clear win over him. Morales also gave a really good fight in the rematch although the third fight was disappointing. Still, Morales proved his worth and his 2005 win is still legendary.
3. Cotto - Okay, Cotto was dominated throughout the second half of the fight but the first six rounds were some of the most action packed of Pacquiao's career. I would say this is debatable, but I think Cotto was the toughest of the bigger guys that Pacquiao faced. Cotto won a few early rounds and outboxed him in spots.
I know the third choice is not a sure thing, but the first two should be, more or less, consensus picks. Post yours.