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Old 08-19-2019, 07:11 AM #29
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Pacquaiao seems to get a pass while Mayweather gets scrutinized.

Frankly, the fact that - even in the lower weight divisions - Boxing is a second, third, or even fourth-rate sport really hurts the talent pool.


With the end of WWII, Boxing's main draw: poor Whites, suddenly had a quick out from poverty. Simultaneously, immigration from Europe was essentially cut-off. With few poor Whites to feed the ranks, everyone else kinda crawled in.

By the time Pacquiao and Mayweather arrived things had really thinned out. The best athletes were playing Baseball, Soccer, Football, Hockey, Basketball, or something collegiate/olympic. Hell, Skateboarding, LaCrosse and BMX attract as many kids as Boxing does today.

So, Mayweather and Pacquiao both had less great fighters to pick from.

Pacquiao hit his ceiling against Marquez: one of the best Mexico has ever produced. He needs to be mentioned with Sanchez, Canto, Zarate, Chavez, Olivares, Ortiz... he's about on their level.

He has KO'd bigger men, but again their marquee status was dependent on them coming of age in an era when Boxing was comparatively weak.
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