MINUS PACQUIAO & DONAIRE, ELORDE STILL THE BEST PH FIGHTER By: Nick Giongco
MANILA, Philippines - Excluding active fighters Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire, The Ring magazine has come up with a top ten list of the finest Filipino fighters of all-time.
In its August 2011 issue that just hit the newsstands, The Ring named the late Junior Lightweight King Gabriel "Flash" Elorde as #01, followed at second by flyweight Pancho Villa and middleweight Ceferino Garcia at third.
Elorde ruled the 130-pound division with an iron hand from 1960 to 1967, while Villa was the first Asian World Champion and campaigned extensively in the US in the 1920s and Garcia was a force to reckon with at welter and middle during the 1930s and 1940s and famous for inventing the "Bolo Punch."
At fourth is Ex-Bantam and Feather titleholder Luisito Espinosa and Former Super-Fly and Bantam Supreme Gerry Peρalosa is at fifth spot.
Making up sixth to eights are flyweights Little Dado, Small Montana, and Erbito Salavarria, and ninth and tenth are junior lightweights Ben Villaflor and Rolando Navarette.
Acknowledged as "The Bible of Boxing," The Ring, through senior writer William Detloff, said: "For as long as a fighter is still active, he doesn't get on lists like this one because you can't properly evaluate a man's career until it's over."
Several other recognizable names made the honorable mention and among those given credit include flys Frank Cedeno and Bernabe Villacampo, light fly and fly boss Dodie Boy Peρalosa, light flys Tacy Macalos and Rolando Pascua, and junior welterweight Pedro Adigue.
When the magazine comes up with another list in the years to come, expect Pacquiao, credited for winning eight world titles in as many weight classes, to occupy the top spot without an argument.