'Rocky' calls Manny Pacquiao 'the best'
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 31, 2016 06:44 AM
BOXING ROYALTY. Manny Pacquiao is greeted by "Rocky" star Sylvester Stallone after a sparring session. (Photo courtesy of @mannypacquiao on Instagram)
If there's one movie franchise that's pretty much synonymous with boxing, it's gotta be the "Rocky" series.
The story of a dead-end boxer named Rocky Balboa who seizes the opportunity to make it big in the industry, it's probably one of the most popular sporting movies ever made.
And while our very own "Rocky" is getting ready to make his in-ring return in about a week's time, it's only fitting that the actor who played Rocky Balboa himself, paid Manny Pacquiao a visit in the gym.
After a sparring session against Rey Beltran, Pacquiao was greeted by none other than Sylvester Stallone, who actually wrapped a towel around the eight-division champ, and pretty much called him "the best that ever lived."
"The best fighter in the last sixty or seventy years, period," Stallone continued. "Even better than Rocky Balboa!"
And while Stallone's statements could definitely spark some arguments, Pacquiao's resume speaks for itself.
The fighting pride of General Santos is the only boxer to win world titles in eight different weight divisions and the first to win lineal boxing titles in five weight divisions. Aside from that, Pacman was named as the Boxing Writers Association of America Fighter of the Decade for the 2000's, and was at his peak, considered as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world.
So you see, it's really not surprising why many, including Stallone, would consider Manny as one of, if not the best.
On November 5 (November 6, Manila time), Manny will try to once again show the world why he's considered as such.
(With a report from Dyan Castillejo)
Manny Pacquiao challenges Jessie Vargas for the WBO welterweight championship on Saturday, November 5 (Sunday, November 6, Manila time) at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.