Originally Posted by Stinky gloves
I don't want to shorthen the discussion to PAC vs Pong,
it would be great if you could bring bigger picture.
Also the names of the fighters Pong beat are not recognizable
because they are not as famous as Morales/Barrera or Marquez.
Beside these 3 you probably will have trouble to recognize PAC competition as well.
There is much less big names in lower weight class than in th middle - 130 and up.
ledwaba was a name fighter when pac beat him.
the philippines' advantage is that they have pac a fighter who'll be at the top5 p4p in almost everyone's rankings of course except boxrec. the thais have no one to rally around. filipino boxing should thank pac and his efforts. he single handedly gave life to the up and coming philippines vs mexico rivalry which gave chances to the other filipino fighters. you think gerry would have gotten a shot at de leon or gonzales if it wasn't for pac? hell no
but thailand has no one now. pong was their man but then he was defeated so at this point in time, the boxing world, IMO cares about the filipino boxers more than thais. i'm not in taking anything away from the thais, they are a great bunch. as we saw in last year's foty, they also have tremendous will. but they don't have enough matches on american tv and ppv. ask the casual boxing fans what they remember about thailand and boxing and they might say de leon ktfo of the thai dude in their rematch