Honestly, if you go back and watch Pacquiao's fights from 1995 'til now, you'd have to be a complete MORON not to see that he IS one of AT LEAST the top 50 most talented fighters ever to have stepped into the ring. It has nothing to do with whether a person LIKES him or maybe just hates the look on his face or something, but if you go back to his very first fights as a skinny stick kid with boxing gloves, and see how he fought EVEN BACK THEN, and then watch his progression-- only a willfully ignorant fool would argue against at least a Top 50 rating amongst boxers in the "Modern Era" (starting vaguely in the late 1800s). Furthermore, if they do have a JMM/MP #5, I don't see JMM winning that one. Part of what makes Manny great, is his boxing intelligence. He ain't gonna make the same mistake twice, and I have a feeling his #5 win will be just as decisive as JMM's #4 win.
Like him or not, Manny Pacquiao is a warrior who started out with a fierce passion for boxing, and worked hard his whole career to correct his weaknesses and perfect his strengths. Even tho' I can't say I particularly "like" him, it is impossible for a rational boxing fan not to admire what he has accomplished
in his lifetime. If any person can go back and watch those 1995-1999 fights and not be completely amazed that this young man turned out to be the Manny Pacquiao we know today, well, what can you say. There's one in every crowd.