Is Jean Pascal the greatest Quebec boxer of all time?
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Jean Pascal has never left anyone indifferent. We like it or not. His sporting achievements will always be recognized. Is he the best Quebec boxer in history?
A question that is not easy to answer. Pascal has been involved in several major fights during his 18-year career. The list of his opponents is impressive.
The man who has been crowned world champion several times crossed swords with Bernard Hopkins (twice), Sergey Kovalev (twice), Adrian Diaconu (twice), Lucian Bute, Carl Froch, Chad Dawson, Eleider Alvarez, Dmitry Bivol and Badou Jack. More than a quarter of his career fights (27%) have been fought against the cream of the light heavyweights (175 lbs). That's stock, my friends!
His record in these fights? 6-5-1. Very respectable. He was not facing “tomato canes” as Pascal likes to say. It is for this reason that he is highly respected by boxing fans. During his defeats, he fought like a lion and he left everything in the ring to put on the best show possible.
The fight is tight between Pascal and Arturo Gatti for first place in my ranking of the greatest Quebec boxers in history. It's almost impossible to compare them.
Both were world champions and they faced the cream of their categories. Like Pascal, Gatti's list of opponents is eloquent: Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather jr, his trilogy against Mikey Ward, Leonard Dorin and Jesse James Leija.
In this group are two of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the history of the boxing. Who says better?
Gatti marked the imagination for his furious fights. We still talk about him in the boxing community because of his courage and determination. As if he were still alive.
His international influence was greater than Pascal because of his trilogy with Ward. On each anniversary date of their clashes, footage of their duels reappears on social networks.
Gatti is already in the Boxing Hall of Fame in Canestota. For this reason, he is given a slight advantage over Pascal for the title of best Quebec boxer of all time.
We will see if Pascal will be able to join him among the greatest in the next few years. years. If so, he could very well become the greatest Quebec boxer of all time.
A black eye
In Pascal's case, there is an elephant in the room. His doping case in 2021. It is a stain on his good track record.
This story has cast doubt in the minds of fans on his account. He tried to clear his reputation with different tests. Was that enough to confuse the skeptics? It's far from sure.
He looked very bad especially since he had been on the run against doping throughout his career. He called himself clean, clean, clean. We remember very well his verbal wars with Bernard Hopkins on this subject.
People don't seem to have forgiven him for this faux pas. On the other hand, they will never be able to take away his victories, his world titles and his excellent fights.
Achievements that we will not see again soon from a boxer from Quebec.< /p>