By Francis White: Former 8 division world champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 28 KO’s) is without a doubt one of the best fighters of the past 20 years in the sport of boxing. Manny is known for being the first boxer to ever win titles in 8 different weight classes. However, a true boxing scholar would dispute the claim to him winning 8 division world titles.
Let’s take a look back to 1999 when Manny faced Reynante Jamili for the vacant Super bantamweight WBC Intercontinental title. Reynante was not a champion but a titlist he did not successfully defend the belt in fact he was knocked out by Eric Morales which was his only true title shot. Years later let’s take a look at Manny’s infamous clash with Eric Morales who just lost an epic battle with Barrera defending his WBC Super featherweight title.
This matchup was for two vacant titles the WBC and IBA Super featherweight titles, Manny lost this bout and was matched up against journeyman Hector Vasquez for the vacant WBC Super featherweight title giving Manny another captured weight class instead of either facing Morales or Barrera.
We can also move former junior middleweight Antonio Margarito. Margarito was just punished by Sugar Shane, coming off his lost he was matched up against unknown Roberto Garcia for the vacant junior middleweight WBC intercontinental title which was abandoned by Sergio Martinez while making a move to 160. Margarito is then matched up against Manny and defeated giving Manny another weight class for the vacant WBC 154lb title, but at a catch weight of 150 rather than the full weight for the junior middleweight class. Recently we saw Manny vs. Brandon Rios, which was for a vacant WBO intercontinental title, with Rios just off a loss and Manny just of a loss battling for a championship. How is this possible?
As we can see none of the guys above were champions they we’re titlist. 8 division weight classes are invalid.