Latest Yahoo! Pound-for-Pound Rankings Puts Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at #1Category: Boxing
In it’s September 24 pound-for-pound rankings, Yahoo! places Floyd “Pretty Boy” Mayweather, Jr. ahead of Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.
Mayweather’s beating of Marquez was the main reason.
According to Kevin Lole,
Mayweather expertly walked Marquez into shots. He used his blazing speed to pop off combinations that had ended before Marquez had even begun to react. And he used his phenomenal reflexes and exceptional ring savvy to hold Marquez to a ridiculously low 12 percent connect rate.
That’s true but I can’t believe how one win over a smaller man after 20 months of inactivity can put Mayweather ahead of Pacquiao who has been beating men larger than him in the likes of David Diaz, Oscar dela Hoya and Ricky Hatton.
It’s a little consolation that Mayweather beat Pacquiao by only 1 point, 266 to 265. I find it ironic though that in its own online poll, 74% of the fans believe that Pacquiao is still #1.
At Ring Magazine’s latest pound-for-pound rankings, Pacman is still at #1 while Pretty Boy is at #2. Ring Magazine is considered as “The Bible of Boxing” so I’ll consider its ranking more legitimate than that of Yahoo’s.
Here’s the complete pound-for-pound rankings from Yahoo! Sports.
1. Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Points: 266 (15 of 28 first-place votes)
Record: 40-0 (25 KOs)
Title: No title
Last outing: W12 over No. 6 Juan Manuel Marquez on Sept. 19
Previous ranking: Unranked
Up next: Nothing scheduled
Analysis: Was brilliant in one-sided beatdown
2. Manny Pacquiao
Points: 265 (13 of 28 first-place votes)
Record: 49-3-2 (37 KOs)
Title: Ring Magazine super lightweight champion
Last outing: TKO2 over Ricky Hatton on May 2
Previous ranking: 1
Up next: vs. No. 7 Miguel Cotto on Nov. 14
Analysis: A Pacquiao-Mayweather fight in 2010 could be the richest bout ever
3. Paul Williams
Record: 37-1 (27 KOs)
Title: Interim WBO junior middleweight champion
Last outing: W12 over Winky Wright on April 11
Previous ranking: 3
Up next: vs. Kelly Pavlik on Dec. 5
Analysis: Can fight and compete in three divisions simultaneously?
4. (tie) Bernard Hopkins
Record: 49-5-1 (32 KOs)
Title: Ring light heavyweight champion
Last outing: W12 over Kelly Pavlik on Oct. 18
Previous ranking: 4
Up next: TBA
Analysis: Trying but failing to land a significant fight
4. (tie) Shane Mosley
Record: 46-5 (39 KOs)
Title: WBA welterweight champion
Last outing: TKO9 over Antonio Margarito on Jan. 24
Previous ranking: 5
Up next: Welterweight unification fight with Andre Berto in January
Analysis: On outside looking in on Pacquiao, Mayweather sweepstakes
6. Juan Manuel Marquez
Record: 50-5-1 (37 KOs)
Title: WBA, WBO, Ring lightweight champion
Last outing: L12 to No. 1 Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Sept. 19
Previous ranking: 2
Up next: Nothing scheduled
Analysis: Had nothing to offer against Mayweather
7. Miguel Cotto
Record: 34-1 (27 KOs)
Title: WBO welterweight champion
Last outing: W12 over Joshua Clottey on June 13
Previous ranking: 6
Up next: vs. No. 1 Manny Pacquiao on Nov. 14 in Las Vegas
Analysis: Showed much moxie fighting for 10 rounds with deep gash above eye.
8. Chad Dawson
Record: 28-0 (17 KOs)
Title: IBF light heavyweight champion
Last outing: W12 over Antonio Tarver on May 9
Previous ranking: 7
Up next: Rematch with Glen Johnson on Nov. 7 in Hartford, Conn.
Analysis: Hopes to make statement with clear win over veteran Johnson
9. Juan Manuel Lopez
Record: 26-0 (24 KOs)
Title: WBO super bantamweight champion
Last outing: TKO9 Olivier Lontchi on June 27
Previous ranking: 10
Up next: Vs. Rogers Mtagwa on Oct. 10 in New York
Analysis: Fast climbing power-puncher
10. Wladimir Klitschko
Record: 53-3 (47 KOs)
Titles: IBF, WBO heavyweight champion
Last outing: TKO9 over Ruslan Chagaev on June 20
Previous ranking: NR
Up next: Nothing scheduled
Analysis: Recovering from surgery and won’t fight until early 2010
Others receiving votes: Ivan Calderon 31; Rafael Marquez 24; Arthur Abraham 20; Chris John, 11; Nonito Donaire 5; Timothy Bradley, Mikkel Kessler, Vitali Klitschko 4; Celestino Caballero 2; Hozumi Hasegawa 1.
Voting panel: Raul Alzaga, Primera Hora; Carlos Arias, Orange County Register; Ron Borges, Boston Herald; Steve Cofield, Yahoo! Sports; Dave Cokin, ESPN Radio 1100, Las Vegas; Brian Doogan, London Sunday Times; Andrew Eisele, About.com; Scott Fyfe, Sunday Post, Scotland; Thomas Gerbasi, Boxingscene.com; Lee Groves, MaxBoxing.com; Thomas Hauser, Seconds Out.com; Keith Idec, Herald News, New Jersey; Kevin Iole, Yahoo! Sports; Michael Katz, Gaming Today; Scott Mallon, Asian Boxing News.com; Rich Marotta, KLAC-AM; David Mayo, Grand Rapids Press; Franklin McNeil, Newark Star Ledger; Gunnar Meinhardt, Die Welt; Robert Morales, Los Angeles Daily News; Kieran Mulvaney, Reuters; Santos Perez, Miami Herald; Martin Rogers, Yahoo! Sports; Tim Smith, New York Daily News; T.K. Stewart, Boxingscene.com; Paul Upham, Seconds Out.com; John Whisler, San Antonio Express-News; George Willis, New York Post.
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