Courtesy of ESPN: “On Saturday, Manny Pacquiao attempts to enhance an already formidable legacy and stamp his frenetic brand of boxing into Filipino history books. It is an impressive book, chronicling a saga that reaches back to the 1920’s.
And while Pacquiao’s popularity is unrivaled, it’s not the first time a Filipino boxer headed a list of most admired persons of the island nation. But if Pacquiao’s legacy is as great as most believe, it will spawn a new generation of boxers that will try to emulate his near legendary status, perhaps landing on this list 20 years from now.”
The Top 10 Philippine Boxers after the jump.
The Top 10 Pinoy Boxers
10A. Anthony Villanueva
10. Rene Barrientos (39-7-2, 1962-1978)
9. Eribito Salavarria (39-11-3, 1963-1978)
8. Dodie Boy Penalosa (31-7-2, 1982-1995)
7. Rolando Navarette (54-15-3, 1973-1991)
6. Ceferino Garcia (102-28-12, 1926-1945)
5. Small Montana (82-24-10, 1931-1942)
4. Little Dado (45-4-9, 1936-1943)
3. Luisito Espinosa (47-13, 1984-2005)
3. Ben Villaflor (54-8-7, 1966-1976)
2. Flash Elorde (88-27-2, 1951-1971)
1. Pancho Villa (91-8-4, 1919-1925)
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When it comes to his place among Filipino greats, Manny Pacquiao is a work in progress. The Philippines have a long and proud boxing history, stretching back to the late 1890’s when the first Filipinos began to launch their fists for pay. Boxing came to the island via American soldiers, who used sport to bond with the local population. To date, that cultural bonding initiative has produced 28 champions, beginning with Pancho Villa in 1923 and culminating with Gerry Penalosa’s ascension to champion status this year.