Former welterweight champ prefers Pacquiao's career to Mayweather's


Posted at May 25 2020 11:57 AM

Shawn Porter celebrates his ninth round TKO against Andre Berto during their WBC welterweight eliminator bout in this April 22, 2017 file photo. Al Bello, Getty Images/AFP

A former welterweight champion said he would much rather have Manny Pacquiao's boxing career than Floyd Mayweather's, even though the American superstar retired with a spotless record of 50 wins and no loss.

American Shawn Porter, who used to hold the WBC welterweight championship, cited Pacquiao's fighting style, his catalogue of exciting bouts, and the respect he draws from fans as the reasons that he would much rather have the Filipino boxer's career.

"I'm actually gonna go with Manny," Porter said in an interview with Dan Rafael, as quoted by Boxing Scene.

This, even though Porter acknowledges that Pacquiao "has taken a lot of punishment" and has been through many wars during his long professional career. Unlike Mayweather, Pacquiao has experienced defea. Indeed, the American beat the "Pacman" when they finally fought in May 2015.

But Porter, who is known for his aggressive fighting style, liked that Pacquiao had a similar mindset.

"You know me -- I like the war," said Porter. "I like the battle, and I like the excitement. For those reasons, I would pick Manny."

"Even me as the boxer, because just like when I get in the ring and I get people up on their feet, that's what Manny Pacquiao did," he also said. "Floyd's been able to do it, but not as much."

"It was a different level to the excitement. They're two different fighters."

Moreover, Porter noted that Pacquiao is more beloved by fans than Mayweather.

"If you look around the world, more people appreciate Manny. More people respect and adore Manny than dislike him [than] Floyd Mayweather," he said.

"When Manny Pacquiao goes out and he walks up and down the street, more people are willing to shake his hand and say hi to him than make a mean mug or wanna confront him or anything like that."

The 32-year-old Porter (30-3-1) is ranked fifth in the welterweight division by The RING Magazine. His father and trainer, Kenny Porter, has said in a May 2020 interview that they are hoping for a fight against Pacquiao, the current WBA "super" welterweight champion.

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