How Can a Fighter be Pound-for-pound No. 1 with Unsportsmanlike Wins?

Floyd Mayweather Jr. has just been crowned P4P no. one by ESPN ahead of Manny Pacquiao. The basis for the change is questionable and not well-thought-of. The only way now to find out who is the better fighter is to settle everything inside the boxing ring.

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ESPN just crowned Floyd Mayweather Jr. this year’s no.1 Pound-for-Pound fighter and demoted Manny Pacquiao to the no.2 spot. Dan Rafael of ESPN who made the change based his rankings between the two by comparing Mayweather’s and Pacquiao’s performances with Juan Manuel Marquez.

Let us take note that Pacquiao fought Marquez 3 times and Mayweather only once. Mayweather fought Marquez who was forced to bloat physically for the first time and Floyd (intentionally?) did not follow the agreed upon catch weight. The difference in weight affected Marquez’s performance and chances of victory against Mayweather and not following the agreed upon catchweight may be looked at as an unsportmanlike and unfair conduct.

Rafael also took note of Mayweather’s recent short and easy victory against a not-so experienced Victor Ortiz whom he TKOed by a legal but unsportsmanlike sucker punches.

How can one put Mayweather no.1 Pound-for Pound fighter in the world with these kind of wins?

Pacquiao did a much better and convincing performances against Oscar de la Hoya, Shane Mosley and Ricky Hatton whom Floyd also fought.

Pacquiao’s victory against Marquez in their third fight is not convincing but it was a real fight. It was so close and could have gone the other way.  And so was Floyd’s win against Ortiz. It is also not convincing for Ortiz was not in a fighting or defensive stance when he was knocked out. Floyd won it like a basketball’s ‘free throw shot.” It was not a fight.

Even if we based our P4P rankings only for this year’s performances, how can you put Mayweather up there with one unsportsmanlike sucker punch win against Ortiz while Pacquiao fought 2 fights – against Marquez and Mosley?

The basis for the change in the ESPN P4P rankings is questionable and not well-thought-of. The only way now to find out who is the better fighter is to settle everything inside the boxing ring.



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  1. Cusdamato
    Posted November 18, 2011 at 12:17 am

    I lost my respect to Dan Rafael. Not because of the change in his P4P rankings but with the way he reasoned things out.

  2. Ben1950
    Posted November 18, 2011 at 3:38 am

    Sucker punching can make one the best in the world. Dan Rafael just lost his mind and his credibility.

  3. Philip1521
    Posted November 18, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    The fight was clouded with expectations with an expected Pacquiao annihilation of Marquez. Without a knockdown or knockout, it felt like a loss by Pacquiao when actually he won it by the skin of his teeth.

  4. Fairjudge
    Posted January 24, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Floyd has again ducked Manny Pacquiao by rejecting a fair 50-50 money split. Floyd wants to dictate where it should be fought, when it should be fought, the rules of the game and wants to get most of the money take. THAT IS NOT FAIR. Cash cow Pacquiao is fighting in Floyd’s home, with American judges and referee, and a hometown crowd. Not to mention the blood tests to be conducted by Floyd’s doctors who are his countrymen… lol

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