Oscar De La Hoya Says Manny Pacquiao “Will Probably Go Down As The Greatest Fighter We’ve Ever Seen”

While the ring career of all-time great Manny Pacquiao might not be quite over yet – with the 42-year-old suggesting he might return in January for a return go at Yordenis Ugas, this despite the way Ugas banged up Manny’s eyes; a video clip of an almost blind Pacquiao being spoon-fed by his wife having alarmed many – people are working out where Pacquiao deserves to be ranked among the absolute greats. There is no doubt: Pacquiao is one of the best fighters we’ve ever seen.

From a poverty-stricken teenager in the Philippines to a global superstar, Pacquiao accomplished an almost insane amount in boxing. All those world titles at different weights, so many P-P-V blockbusters, Manny being a world champion in four consecutive decades.

It really is some career to look back on. Plenty of us would not enjoy seeing Manny back in the ring, either in a return with Ugas or in a fight with someone else. It’s been written many times already: Pacquiao has NOTHING to prove. At all. Not to anyone.

Former stoppage victim Oscar De La Hoya – who is pushing himself hard in training for his own return to the ring, this at age 48 – has said the man who stopped him after eight painful rounds back in 2008 may go down as “the greatest fighter we’ve ever seen.” De La Hoya spoke to the media after an open work-out, and Fight Hype caught the interview Oscar gave.

“Pacquiao is a legend,” De La Hoya said. “He’ll probably go down as the greatest fighter we’ve seen, ever. It was a privilege watching his fight [with Yordenis Ugas]. It’s probably the end of an era. We enjoyed a great ride.”

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We did indeed, and it might not be quite over yet (even though most of us hope it is). So is De La Hoya right – is Pacquiao destined to be remembered as the greatest fighter we’ve ever seen? It’s down to opinion and nothing more, of course, and older boxing fans who saw the likes of Muhammad Ali, Roberto Duran, and, before that, Sugar Ray Robinson in their prime, will perhaps disagree that Pacquiao is greater than those immortals.

But Pacquiao is Top-10 greatest of all time. Certainly. You agree, don’t you? Pacquiao took risks during his career, right to the end, and he dared to be great so many times. It’s not all about a perfect, unbeaten record, is it?

46 thoughts on “Oscar De La Hoya Says Manny Pacquiao “Will Probably Go Down As The Greatest Fighter We’ve Ever Seen””

  1. Why aren’t these boxers fighting each other? How can there be world champions in the same weight division and never fight each other?

  2. James thinks that fury is a superior boxer, no fury is a good boxer but not a superior one. Deontay Wilder has boxed circles around fury in every meeting.

  3. Expulsitory evidence was removed from the main stream Medea regarding the fury glove tampering in both fights with Deontay Wilder, fortunately, I have access to the proof. If anybody wants it, just lete know.

  4. Deontay Wilder is admired and fascinating to the UK boxing fans. It’s been proven and we now know through video evidence that fury cheated on many levels. The loading of gloves is an old fury trick, he’s been caught so many times in the UK cheating that his boxing license was permanently indefinitely suspended by the British boxing board of control.

  5. Floyd Mayweather got his boxing style from the legendary Roberto Duran.
    Manny Pacquiao mustn’t be underestimated.

  6. The law suits immediately were filed, and they keep coming sueing over the documented criminal offenses, punitive damages and they will keep on coming.

  7. Even heard of the black Sox scandal? Rothstien fixed the world series, the fixing of this fight tops that.
    Deontay Wilder inspired criminals to become more of what they are. Deontay Wilder inspired fury to reach new heights in his legacy of cheating.

  8. Why do I say Deontay Wilder is the best boxer? Why did fury, Anthony Joshua and Whyte go out of their way not to fight Deontay Wilder? This is why, cause Deontay Wilder is hazardous.

  9. The greatest boxer the world has ever seen is Deontay Wilder. Nobody wanted to fight Luis Ortiz, and still Anthony Joshua, Dillian Whyte, and fury haven’t fought him. Only Deontay Wilder had the courage to fight him. Duck🦆🦆 🦆🦆 him forever?
    Critics talking but no contract signing, no fighting.

  10. Oscar, ur comment is yet another jab at Mr. Mayweather.
    What about Manny’s loses. Who knocked him out?????

  11. Anthony Joshua, Whyte, fury avoid Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz. They avoided Luis king Kong Ortiz for a decade. He is still too scary to fight. Now you see the Cuban fighters are well trained.
    The same thing will happen if Luis Ortiz gets a shot.

  12. Am I missing something but you have to be the greatest in your era first right to be considered the best ever!

    • He can’t say that, maybe to he will be, but not to real boxing fans,hay you can’t leave Ail, both sugar rays ,Floyd Mayweather Tyson, there more names out there for him to say that, come on now, he was good but not the greatest ,now he is saying where he came from, hay we some brothers cane from worst places that. Let’s be for real Oscar.

  13. Oscar has something up his sleeve. He’s kissing Manny’s for some deal down the road. Sugar Ray Robinson, still the best.

    • Sugar ray Robinson was a complete the best till Deontay Wilder came along. He was better than Mohamed Ali.

  14. Deontay Wilder vs fury, Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz first, Manny Pacquiao vs it’s all complained about being drugged, so did Klitschko vs fury. All of these fights were upset victories paying big money odds. Maybe they were drugged. What do you think?

    • Deontay Wilder is a much better boxer than fury. You blind? Slow, uncoordinated, clumsy oaf, Otto Vallin dotted his eye and cross his t. If fury didn’t have to, if Deontay Wilder had not forced him to, fury would still be running and crying, waaaa waaaa mommy mommy, me no wanna fight Deontay Wilder, waaaaaa waaaaaa waaaaaa.

  15. How in the world could a big, clumsy, oaf with a history of allegations of spiked water, and glove tampering, cocaine, bribery, steroid use, who has been caught cheating so many times the UK revoked and suspended permanently, indefinitely suspended pull off an overtly audatiously conclusively criminal offense while on camera all over the world and not even be investigated? Ha ha, and nobody saw anything. This guy, fury,, was subsidized, encouraged and incentivised , all while being overtly sponsored. Ha ha 😂. Please stop it, my stomach, stop playing with me.

  16. Manny Pacquiao could have won, all he had to do is stick an eggweight in the glove and fight with floppy gloves flopping around all over the place. Flippity floppity, floppity floppity, flipping and flopping all over the place.

  17. Running from Deontay Wilder is a bad strategy. Fighting Deontay Wilder isn’t so bad, it just takes a little getting used to, like dying. Carl Lewis and Usain Bolt.

  18. Deontay Wilder called Dillian Whyte a cockroach, he said run cockroach run, and he said he would knock Anthony Joshua in devistrating fashion.
    Anthony Joshua and fury were last seen sprinting towards the nearest exit and Whyte was heard to say, ” Oscar de la Hoya is absolutely correct, Deontay Wilder is the best heavyweight champion that ever lived without question.”

    • Nick, what you want kick me in the gonads for? Just because Deontay Wilder is a better boxer than Anthony Joshua, fury, Whyte and so is Luis Ortiz?
      Quit crying, quit lying, quit making excuses after excuses after excuses. Sign the contract and Deontay Wilder will, in all fairness, get a chance to prove he is the best heavyweight champion ever living or nonliving.

  19. When fury doesn’t fight Deontay Wilder again for the fourth excuse will Dillian Whyte step in to protect Anthony Joshua?

  20. That’s why fury is paying not to fight Deontay Wilder. I will fight Deontay Wilder and fury Both at the same time for 35 million dollars.

    • I wouldn’t be dead because unlike fury, if he meets with Deontay Wilder in October, I would go down early. This isn’t MMA, I would be declared the loser and keep my purse.
      But fury won’t go down, Deontay Wilder can then technically pick him apart, refusing to go down fury may be beaten and punished.
      Just pay Deontay Wilder the millions of dollars and don’t fight.

  21. Ask Oscar in private off record. He will collaborate that Deontay Wilder is the best heavyweight champion that ever lived without question.

  22. See Oscar is an important man who caters to public opinion and sentiment. He is pressured into saying that fury’s gloves flopping around all over the place happens all the time.

    • Oscar is so important that he has people following him around and is on 24 hour surveyance and being monitored and observed even in the privacy of his own back yard. All of this technology and Deontay Wilder can’t even get a small modicum of freedom, justice and equality. A little bit of kindness. Heavenly father up above please don’t forgive them because they know what they are doing, they have been doing it for a long time.

  23. Was Manny Pacquiao drugged?
    Was Anthony Joshua drugged in the first Ruiz fight?
    Deontay Wilder was drugged in the second fight with fury.

    • I don’t know about the rest of them, But Anthony Joshua was definitely drugged. I don’t know how anyone else couldn’t notice. Anthony Joshua looked and acted like he was drugged before the and coming out on his ring walk. It was so obvious. I said that as he ring walked that he didn’t look right. Take a look at it again everyine.

    • I said Anthony Joshua didn’t look right, on his ring walk, he looked like and acted like he was drugged during the ring walk. Everyone should look at it again and you can tell. Even standing in ring as they announced.

  24. Make up your mind Oscar, first you say that Deontay Wilder is the best boxer the world’s ever seen. Now you’re contradicting yourself talking about this other guy. Is Deontay Wilder the best champion that ever lived without question or not?

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