Why Pacquiao is impressive, according to Hearns
Former world champion Tommy Hearns gave props to Manny Pacquiao for his accomplishments in the ring, particularly for setting the record of most title wins in different weight classes.
Hearns, who was the first boxer to become a five-division world champion, said it was “awesome” for the Filipino boxer to achieve such feat.
“I think it’s wonderful, it’s awesome. Any man or any person that can accomplish as many titles as that, that’s a wonderful thing. He’s doing a great job, tremendous job,” he said in an interview with On The Ropes Boxing Radio.
Hearns is one of the four legendary boxers, along with "Sugar" Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler and Roberto Durán, who reigned in the 1980s.
He won titles in the welterweight, super welterweight, middleweight, super middleweight, and light heavyweight divisions.
When asked about the possible super bout between Pacquiao and American rival Floyd Mayweather Jr., Hearns said: “I think they are in two different places in their mind, and they can’t seem to come together.”
Hearns, however, said a Pacquiao fight would do little to affect Mayweather’s legacy. “No, I don’t think it’s gonna make a difference. Mayweather is already on top by himself,” he said.
Pundits believe that the supposed Pacquiao-Mayweather fight could turn out to be the most lucrative bout in the history of boxing.
But Hearns thinks Mayweather has already done more than enough in terms of earning power.
"Regardless of what we have accomplished in the ring, it’s all about the dollars and he has surpassed all of us as far as that [is concerned]," he said.