“If you go to Troy, glory will be yours” these were the words Thetis uttered to Achilles as he was confused on whether he should go to Troy. “They will write stories about your victories for thousands of years and the world will honor your name.”
Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao’s story in a way draws parallel to the life the demi-god Achilles has. He has been to Troy multiple times, and he has come back victorious. He has ventured to foreign lands and he has conquered their champions with his lightning fast fists. The gods love him as he loves them back, and dedicates every success to his Catholic Faith. The gods love him as he was one of their own, the greek gods loved Achilles. The boxing gods gave him the lethal combination of speed and power like no other.
The point, Manny Pacquiao is not a god, but his name is spoken in the terms of immortality. Years from now when everything has been said and done, boxing writers will go back to this era and the name Pacquiao will stand-out at the top of the heap. Yes, he will be remembered as the best of the era, his achievements will speak for his case as the best.
His resume is impressive, he has captured World titles at 5 weight divisions adding the 2 Ring Magazine titles on other divisions. Although some question the feat of 7 World titles in as many division, we can’t discount the mere fact that he has brushed shoulders with the best of the best in the said divisions. The so called Lineal Champion is the distinction given to a boxer who beats the best of the division, so it is described as “the man who beat the man”. Pacquiao is the only man to hold this distinction 4 times in as many different divisions and he potentially might just capture the lineal championship at welterweight. So, with boxing’s rich history only Manny Pacquiao holds the distinction as a 4 weight champion. This is history and Manny Pacquiao wrote it, and his career is barely over, the man can still fight for two years and successful.
So Pacquiao may just be flesh and bones like everyone around him, but his mark on boxing history is not just your typical scratch around your tables. He has achieved worldwide renown, and has even been a featured cover of Time Asia. So as hard as we try, to simply discount Pacquiao’s historic achievements approaches the point of foolishness.When Pacquiao retires and drives off to the sunset, people will use him as reference in the future. 50 years from now, when someone theoretically goes weight division hopping, two names will come up, Henry Armstrong and Manny Pacquiao. He makes bigger fighters submit with class and pugilistic brilliance the way Achilles holds his against giants. His will be the barometer of future boxer’s achievements. The name Pacquiao will be remembered and immortalized, the way the gods are immortalized.