pacquiao was just knocked out cold for many minutes.
i'm going to wait before i begin to look at his resume in historic terms again. beating everybody down can lend itself to being overrated. getting knocked out will do the opposite.
they're both great fighters. whitaker is one of the greatest lightweights ever. he was the planet's best fighter for years. pacquaio is not one of the greatest of all time in any weight class. like whitaker, he was p4p for a long time, but the argument for floyd mayweather was there for most of his tenure. what he did was climb the scales in a manner thats basically been unparalleled. pacquiao looked amazing at WW. i was blown away when he first hit the weight class. it's amazing what you can get used to. the guy was unreal, considering that he was a champion as low as 112.
i am going to wait. both were supreme talents. great chins on both. whitaker's defense is as good as you'll ever be. pacquiao is one of the hardest p4p punchers i've ever seen, with incredible speed of hand and foot. whitaker beat the greater fighters. pacquiao climbed the scales.
if they fought i'd pick whitaker to win a decision. i'd actually give the smaller pacquiao a better shot at winning at 147, where his power was still very respectable, without sacrificing much, if any speed.)