Manny Pacquiao: Mysteriously missing from RING's pound-for-pound listWritten by Lee Cleveland
One name is missing from The RING's fabled pound-for-pound list.
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Was the loss to Floyd Mayweather THAT bad. Many thought he fought well, especially considering his injured shoulder.
Why is PacMan off the list?
Has The RING forgetten Manny's convincing win over Tim Bradley a year ago? Keep in mind, Bradley, too, was a top 10 pound-for-pound fighter at the time. In fact, Pacquiao's three losses over the last 12 years have come at the hands of 10 pound-for-pound fighters: Tim Bradley, Juan Manuel Marquez and Floyd Mayweather.
The RING's Pound-for-Pound List
April 23, 2017
1. ANDRE WARD (15 KOS)
2. SERGEY KOVALEV (30-1-1 (26 KOS)
3. GENNADY GOLOVKIN (37-0-0 (33 KOS)
4. ROMAN GONZALEZ (46-1-0 (38 KOS)
5. TERENCE CRAWFORD (30-0-0 (21 KOS)
6. VASYL LOMACHENKO (8-1-0 (6 KOS)
7. GUILLERMO RIGONDEAUX (17-0-0 (11 KOS)
8. CANELO ALVAREZ (48-1-1 (34 KOS)
9. SHINSUKE YAMANAKA (27-0-2 (19 KOS)
10. NAOYA INOUE (12-0-0 (10 KOS)
In boxing, the term "pound-for-pound' was historically used to describe a fighter's value in relation to fighters of different weight classes based on:
1) quality of opposition
2) record and consistency, and
3) (sometimes) margins of victory (i.e. Is he crushing all of his opponents or winning split decisions?)
Historically, in order to be considered among the best in the world, a boxer has usually been consistently successful for a number of years and tallied wins against a handful of other elite-level opponents, or has been incredibly dominant over normal contenders (i.e. Gennady Golovkin).
Does anyone in boxing fit those descriptions better than Manny Pacquiao?
In addition to wins years ago over Shane Mosley, Antonio Margarito, Miguel Cotto, Juan Manuel Marquez, Ricky Hatton, Oscar De La Hoya, Marco Antonio Barrera and Eric Morales, Manny has been solid and impressive in his last six fights.
Last 6 fights
Won UD 12 Jessie Vargas (then 27-1 0)
Won UD 12 Timothy Bradley Jr (then 33-1-1)
Loss UD 12 Floyd Mayweather Jr (then 47-0-0)
Won UD 12 Chris Algieri (then 20-0-0)
Won UD 12 Timothy Bradley Jr (then 31-0)
Won UD 12 Brandon Rios (then 31-1)
And none of Manny's last six opponents had more than one loss at the time nor were any of those wins the least bit controversial.
Perhaps with only six fights in 3 1/2 years, Manny hasn't been active enough? But Andre Ward, the RING's top ranked fighter, hasn't exactly been a ball of activity either. And given most elite level fighters step in the ring just twice per year, Pacquiao isn't far behind.
Is it Manny's lack of knockouts lately?
Floyd and Manny were at Nos. 1 and 2 for a long time despite not scoring knockouts for years.
Pacquiao vs Horn
Date: July 2, 2017
Venue: Suncorp Stadium
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Champion: Manny Pacquiao
Let's hope Manny's controversial comments last year didn't play a role in his removal.
Perhaps Pacquiao is not deserving of a Top 3 ranking but his resume, past and recent, certainly eclipes that of several of the fighters on RING's list.
For the exception of Andre Ward, has anyone on that list has defeated another Top 10 guy?
All ten of RING's chosen pugilists are great fighters who are worthy of being there but Manny Pacquiao, even at 38, is certainly more deserving than several of them.
Lee is Managing Editor of FightSaga.com, a student of the Sweet Science and longtime boxing fan.
A gym rat in the 1990s, Lee was trained by 1976 Olympic Silver Medalist Charles Mooney and several retired seasoned pros. He was also a sparring partner for former WBA Super Middleweight Champion Steve Little who upset Michael Nunn for the WBA Super Middleweight Title in '94.
Lee created FightSaga.com to honor and preserve boxing's rich heritage, chronicle the achievements of top fighters, celebrate the legacy of big fights and provide a fun, educational experience for fight fans.