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Thursday, October 1, 2009

We Need To Know, Who Is The Best Fighter In The World Today

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Manny Pacquiao, like everyone else, is once again fighting for second place in boxing.

When Pacquiao squares off with welterweight champion Miguel Cotto on Nov. 14 in Las Vegas the winner will emerge as the next viable opponent for Floyd Mayweather, Jr. What he will not emerge as is the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

After a 21-month layoff, Mayweather needed only one boxing match to reassert his claim to that mythical title. Although Pacquiao quite rightly ascended to that imaginary throne when Mayweather announced his “retirement’’ after outboxing Oscar De La Hoya and destroying the myth that proved to be Ricky Hatton, he vacated the room the minute Mayweather was finished with Pacquiao’s great nemesis, Juan Manuel Marquez.zq

Pacquiao was life and death with Marquez twice, earning a draw and a split decision victory that many boxing observers and knowledgeable insiders would argue he did not deserve. Whether he did or did not, the more salient fact is that these were two mighty struggles for Pacquiao, whose aggressiveness was used against him by one of boxing’s best counter punchers.

Mayweather, on the other hand, destroyed Marquez, not losing a round unless you are an exceedingly kindly judge of boxing. This brought no dishonor to Marquez, who I would argue remains No. 3 on the pound for pound list despite that defeat because if Pacquiao is No. 2 behind Mayweather (and who would argue otherwise?) how can the guy who twice pushed him to his limits be anything less than third just because he lost so one-sidedly to the boxing world’s most superior boxer?

If Pacquiao can defeat Cotto, which is not a given because of the size difference even though there’s an uneasy feeling here when one watches Cotto that he is a shadow of what he was before Antonio Margarito began to hit him with brick bats, this matter could all be settled in the only place where it really can be – inside four ropes.

That eventuality probably became more difficult after Mayweather’s fight with Marquez reportedly did over one million pay-per-view buys because both he and Pacquiao seem likely to believe they would be the star of the show in any confrontation and hence would demand the larger percentage of the profits. The likelihood either would cede more than 50 per cent of the take to the other seems unlikely.

Although both could argue the merits of their pay-per-view powers and have the numbers to back them up, the fact is each needs the other to maximize their purse and to settle what should be the more important issue to each of them – who is the best fighter in the world.

Prize fighting is a business of course and so attention must be paid to who earns what but if Pacquiao prevails against Cotto one must hope both fighters will want to settle the fistic issue between them at a price which would be fair to each which, frankly, seems like a 50-50 split. To insist on anything more would be silly because both would likely earn the biggest paychecks of their career while also getting the kind of fight the sport is built upon.

If they want to add an upside for the winner, that’s fine and fair and would make things a bit more interesting perhaps but the driving force behind such a match would be to decide, at least for the moment, who is the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

Until they square off or something more revealing happens however, that issue has been settled. Once again Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is the best boxer in the world. Yet there is another point that is just as important. Unlike many of his predecessors in that position, Mayweather has a viable challenger who many fight fans will argue is his superior. To meet him is to meet both destiny and history.

This is not something for either Mayweather or Pacquiao to lament. It is a state of affairs to rejoice over because every great fighter needs a great challenger to maximize not only his income but also his reputation and his standing in boxing’s long history. Ali would be less without Joe Frazier. Robinson less without Jake LaMotta. Leonard not the same without Duran and Hearns.

While today’s heavyweights languish in deserved obscurity, ignored by not only the larger sporting public but even many fight fans, there remains a burning question advocates of boxing want answered and the world would find compelling by the time it happened. Who is the best fighter in the world today?

Is it the Phillipines’ most popular athlete, a man who has reached a godlike status in his homeland? Or is it Mayweather, who inside a boxing ring is always on the money even if the IRS has seen fit to lay claim to a sizeable portion of what he just earned?

If fistic aficionados are fortunate, it is an issue that will be determined some time next year. Until then, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. wears the crown of the world’s best fighter, pound-for-pound, but lurking on the doorstep of that throne room stands young Cassius, whom Shakespere once said “has a lean and hungry look.’’

His name is Manny Pacquiao and he is a man who believes he’s the once and future king of boxing. Maybe he is but he’ll need a chance to prove it and the only one who can give it to him is Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

Source: thesweetscience.com


  1. stupid article,of course pacquiao struggles wwith marquez because it was marquez turf the time they were fighting, pacquiao had a hard time making weight,same had happened to marquez when he fought floyd.

  2. really a dumb article.. this writer doesnt know anything about boxing. floyd cheated his weight to win and marquez moved up 2 weights about his real weight. marquez wanted to follow pacman to have a 3rd fight with him but suffer a great loss. Pacquiao in their first fight was just a one dimentional fighter and the 2nd fight was he was really struggling making weight. That's why he moved up after they fought. If pac and floyd fight which I doubt they will coz floyd is scared of pac. Pac will never let floyd cheat his weight like he did with Marquez. Marquez was so dumb for letting him do that. hahah

  3. man, you forgot to mention the "WEIGHT ISSUE...., Pacman will KO mayweather in less than six rds at 140! @ =)

  4. stupid article. mayweather has not yet proven his worth in the welter weight.
    Beating marquez does not prove antything.

    Manny is a cemented number 1 pxp.

  5. bugo man ka na write oy!

  6. Its Mayweather who is number one bitches!!!


  7. This writer is an idiot... A worm-like moron... He does'nt even know the difference between CHEATING and GOOD Boxing matches... How can you say your the number one if your fighting with all the advantages. Manny fought wariors with opponent's respective weight. Gayweather fought those he know he has the great advantage... To you mr. Writer moron, make sure that you know what your talking about. This is boxing. Not loud mouth talking like your boss Gayweather...

  8. I agree, this writer doesn,t even know what he is writing here. How come gayweather will be the nr 1 while in fact he did not yet even demonstrate the ability to fight like what PACMAN had demonstrate in all of his opponents being an exciting fighter.while gayweather fights a boring fight.

  9. PBF becomes number 1 by fighting someone 2 weight division lower than him and coming into the fight 2 lbs over the agreed weight?!!! dont give up your day job you dont have a future in writing!!!

  10. how about the comparion between their fights against de la hoya and hatton.....didn't pacquiao dominate both compared to maywweather???

  11. He is an idiot writer without knowledge of facts & circumstances, he doesn't know how to weigh things in correct ideology, in boxing there is a cathegorical weight wherein both fighters figth in agreed weight, hence they figth in catchweigth limit where mayweather climbed 2lbs above the catchweigth limit but he cannot KO marquez, this is an idiot writeup, I believe he has only weighing the fact that marquez was outbox by mayweather in whole night wherein Pac boxed hard with marquez in their two figths, this is not a justification that mayweather is better than pacman, or otherwise pacman should be an american to be his no.1.

  12. Mayweather will beat Pacroid anytime any day

  13. this writer jumped to the conclusion,,, manny will knock out money.. come on you are a useless writer.....

  14. Hey writer! Whoever you are, your analytical skills for the sport SUCK!!! If your basis for P4P king is just their fight between Marquez, you got your judgement all twisted. But it was fun reading your article... a bit embarassing though on your part. Just a piece of advice, before posting anything, you might wanna consult with your neighbor's daughter coz I believe she knows better than you. Better yet, post a recipe of one of your grandma's special dishes. Who knows, readers may thank you for your contribution rather than what your receiving right now.


  16. Ha ha ha... nice try. No one's buying. Try harder next time.

  17. How Dumb!

    How can mayweather be the #1 when he only passed the #2 pound for pound?

    If it were a race Mayweather should not be ranked because he cheated in weight, he oughta be disqualified.

  18. oh man, what kind of article is this? the author is obviously a die hard fan of gayweather hahaha!

  19. gay writer is equal to gayweather = sr. gayweather the predator look a like.