MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao is no longer the world’s pound-for-pound best.
The eight-division champion lost his standing as the top pound-for-pound boxer after his nemesis, unbeaten fighter Floyd Mayweather Jr., topped The Ring magazine’s “Best Fighter” poll, according to a report by Manila Bulletin’s Nick Giongco.
Giongco reported that Mayweather received 5.5 first-place votes, while Pacquiao got 3.5 in the poll conducted by The Ring editor-in-chief Michael Rosenthal.
The poll was participated by boxing writers Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports, Ron Borges of the Boston Herald, Gunnar Meinhardt of Die Welt (Germany), Gary Andrew Poole (Ring contributor) Norm Rosenheim (Ring contributor), Keith Idec (The Record and Herald News of New Jersey), Harry Pratt of Daily Star (United Kingdom), Rick Reeno of boxingscene, Dan Rafael of ESPN.com and Giongco of Manila Bulletin.
Pacquiao was The Ring’s top vote-getter since 2008, when Mayweather went to boxing hiatus.
Several boxing writers questioned the results of the poll.
Veteran boxing analyst Ronnie Nathanielsz claimed that the poll smacked of bias for Golden Boy Promotions-backed Mayweather.
The magazine is currently owned by Oscar de la Hoya’s Golden Boy Enterprises.
“Suddenly moving Manny Pacquiao from the No. 1 spot and moving Floyd Mayweather Jr. with whom Golden Boy Promotions obviously has a business relationship with to the top spot demonstrates the bias of the Ring Magazine's new management,” Nathanielsz said in Philboxing.com.
Nathanielsz the changes in the standings should take place after Mayweather’s fight against Miguel Cotto on May 5.
“Mayweather has done nothing since his last fight against Victor Ortiz to merit moving ahead of Pacquiao,” he said.
“To make him No. 1 without even a fight taking place further undermines the credibility of Ring Magazine which has sunk to a new low since De La Hoya bought the magazine,” Nathanielsz added.
Examiner’s Brad Cooney said that for a boxer to be toppled from his rank, he would have to suffer a defeat first.
“Manny Pacquiao is the pound for pound king regardless of what any magazine may say. Until somebody can knock him off the hill, he's number one,” said Cooney.
“Somebody needs to knock Pacquiao off of the hill, and I'm not talking about with a pen. Somebody needs to do it with some boxing gloves on. Until that happens, Pacquiao is the king of the hill.”