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November 18, 2011

Manny Pacquiao Loses Title of Pound-for-Pound King to Floyd Mayweather Jr.

ESPN and Sports Illustrated dropped Pacquiao to 2nd place. Take our poll to tell us what you think of this development.
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Two sports media outfits dropped Pinoy boxing champ Manny Pacquiao from first to second place in the rankings for pound-for-pound king this week, PEP.ph reports. According to the article, Sports Illustrated posted its updated rankings on the Web on November 14, listing undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the top spot; ESPN did the same on November 17.

As for the reason for Pac-Man’s usurping by Mayweather, PEP.ph quotes Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix, who wrote that "the inconclusive outcome undercut [Manny's] standing in SI.com's pound-for-pound ratings." The outcome he was referring to was Pacquiao’s match against Juan Manuel Marquez on Saturday, November 12 (US time), in which the Pambansang Kamao won by majority decision.

ESPN.com's boxing writer, Dan Rafael, posted this in his ranking, defending his reason for dropping Pacquiao’s ranking to second place: "Pacquiao looked confused at times and lacked snap on his punches in a less-than-stellar outing. It just wasn't the kind of performance we have come to expect from Pacquiao, especially in light of the fact that Marquez had been wiped out by Mayweather in 2009 in his only other welterweight fight."

Rafael followed up his ranking with a post on his blog on November 17 since, he wrote, he "knew a firestorm was coming." He wrote: “Bottom line: Mayweather looked terrific in his fight, even if you were unsatisfied with the knockout because Ortiz wasn't looking (his fault, not Mayweather's), while Pacquiao looked very human against a smaller man that Mayweather had decisively beaten not long ago.”

Meanwhile, PEP.ph reports that The Ring magazine stands by its ranking of Pacquiao as the no. 1 pound-for-pound boxing champ. They quote Michael Rosenthal’s November 15 article on the magazine’s Website: "Pacquiao has accomplished more than Mayweather in recent years. The Filipino is 9-0 against big-name opponents since the beginning of 2008; Mayweather is 3-0 in that time."

Despite the three media outfits' difference of opinion, however, it seems they are all in agreement on one thing. As Rosenthal put it, “We still hold out hope that they’ll decide this once and for all by facing one another in the ring.”

Do you agree with Sports Illustrated and ESPN? Or, like The Ring magazine, do you think Pacquiao should remain the undisputed pound-for-pound champ? Take the poll below to share your opinion--and don't forget to leave a comment to explain what side you're on!

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(Floyd Mayweather Jr. photo by Chamber of Fear via Wikimedia Commons; Manny Pacquiao photo courtesy of PEP.ph)

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Poll Question:

Do you think Manny Pacquiao should have been ousted as pound-for-pound champ by Floyd Mayweather Jr.?

  1. Yes, given his last fight. I was really disappointed with the way he performed. He could have done so much better.
  2. No! While he didn't win by KO on Marquez, it doesn't mean he's not still the best pound-for-pound fighter.
  3. I don't know. Those sports writers are entitled to their opinions. Let's just see what happens in a Pacquiao-vs-Mayweather fight!
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  • Vinny Nov 18 2011 @ 09:23pm Report Abuse
    Wow, how quickly some turn. So Manny has one poor showing despite him still winning, he gets dropped. Lets look at the fact that Manny has beaten 3 times the opponents that Mayweather has in the last few years. Not to mention much bigger guys like Margarito and Cotto (both whom Floyd has ducked away from). ESPN disappoints me. Again.
  • Injustice Nov 19 2011 @ 08:02am Report Abuse
    #1 P4P Pacquiao defeats #5 P4P Marquez in 12 rounds of "edge of ur seat" boxing....and get demoted?
    #5 P4P Marquez gave #1 P4P Pacquiao a "run for his money" in the same 12 rounds....and NO promotion?
    #2 P4P Floyd sucker punches a green-horn newbie Ortiz (nowhere to be found on P4P list anywhere and don't know the first rule of boxing "protect urself at all times")... and get promoted?
    ESPN and SI can take their P4P list and suck on it.
  • whateverittakes Nov 19 2011 @ 08:34pm Report Abuse
    I still believe Manny is the best.
  • Allan Nov 26 2011 @ 08:12am Report Abuse
    They might have the reason to think
  • benhur Dec 04 2011 @ 07:45pm Report Abuse
    you know man.if the height and weight of marquez was equal to mayweather,im sure that niger will wipe his *ss through his gloves.He did not even KO marquez despite his height and reach advantage.while pacman have no physical advantage over marquez.marquez was taller and heavier than pacman.
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