Pacquiao retains pound-for-pound title by a hair

Posted at 11/15/11 7:50 PM

Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines celebrates his majority decision victory over Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico for the WBO welterweight title at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 12, 2011. Reuters

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao managed to hold on to the title as the world’s pound-for-pound king despite his controversial win over Juan Manuel Marquez last Saturday in Las Vegas.

The Ring Magazine gave several reasons why Pacquiao is still ahead of No. 2 Floyd Mayweather Jr. in its pound-for-pound list.

“Pacquiao wasn’t fighting a chump. Marquez is the No. 5 fighter in the world pound for pound. And Pacquiao beat him, at least officially,” said Ringtv’s Michael Rosenthal in his report.

Rosenthal also said Pacquiao’s track record as a boxing champion is better than Mayweather’s.

“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,” he said.

The Ring Magazine added that Mayweather’s easy beating of Marquez is not enough reason to dethrone Pacquiao.

Unlike Pacquiao, Mayweather dominated a lethargic version of Marquez in 2009.

Pacquiao edged Marquez in a controversial majority decision this Saturday.

“You can’t say that Mayweather should supplant Pacquiao because he defeated Marquez more easily. That doesn’t take into account styles and strengths. Plus, Pacquiao beat Ricky Hatton and Oscar De La Hoya more easily than Mayweather did,” said Rosenthal.

But the Ring Magazine admitted that just like Pacquiao’s close victory over Marquez, the Filipino champion retained his pound-for-pound status by a narrow margin.

“Pacquiao survives as THE RING’s No. 1 fighter by a hair. Should he stumble again or Mayweather turn in an outstanding performance, a new king probably would be crowned.”

The Ring Magazine is considered as “the bible of boxing.” Its pound-for-pound list is the most recognized in the boxing world.

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