Undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. has jumped ahead of Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao in the pound-for-pound ratings of ESPN and Sports Illustrated.
Both ESPN and Sports Illustrated ranked Mayweather at number 1, while Pacquiao dropped down to number 2.
“Even after 16 months out of the ring following his near shutout of Shane Mosley in May 2010, Mayweather returned to action on September 17 and showed not the slightest bit of rust,” ESPN’s Dan Rafael said of Mayweather, the current WBC welterweight champion.
Rafael said Mayweather was “still fast and possessing great defense and underrated power.”
Meanwhile, Pacquiao “looked as vulnerable as he has in a long time” last Saturday against rival Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico, whom he defeated via a controversial majority decision.
Mayweather has also overtaken Pacquiao in ESPN’s welterweight division rankings.
Sports Illustrated dropped Pacquiao to number 2, citing the “inconclusive outcome” of his bout against Marquez.
The RING ratings
In the pound-for-pound ratings of The RING magazine, however, Pacquiao retained the title by the slimmest of margins.
RingTV.com writer Michael Rosenthal said Pacquiao does not deserve to be dropped from the number 1 spot just because Marquez seem to have his number. He said Marquez is also one of the great pound-for-pound fighters in the world.
“Mayweather isn’t exactly coming off a sterling performance,” Rafael said, noting that the American boxer’s knockout of Ortiz was controversial as well.
Although the three groups did not agree on their pound-for-pound ratings, all of them are hoping that Pacquiao and Mayweather settle the issue of who is the number 1 pound-for-pound fighter inside the ring.