Pacquiao gets near Floyd in ESPN rankings


Posted at Apr 17 2014 09:51 AM | Updated as of Apr 18 2014 04:07 PM

MANILA – Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao moved two places up in ESPN’s pound-for-pound list as he got closer to his American rival Floyd Mayweather Jr.

The fighting pride of the Philippines is now listed third in the ESPN pound-for-pound rankings after getting back the WBO welterweight crown back from Timothy Bradley over the weekend.

Pacquiao is now just two places away from Mayweather, who remains atop the pound-for-pound list.

The Filipino boxer’s move to No. 3 relegated Bradley to No. 4 and Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez to No. 5.

Pacquiao also nabbed the top spot in ESPN’s welterweight rankings and dislodged Bradley to number 2.

“Pacquiao faced Bradley again and beat him almost as convincingly in a very exciting fight, but this time he got the unanimous decision he deserved, handing Bradley his first official defeat and reclaiming his world title,” said ESPN boxing writer Dan Rafael .

“The PacMan is back and likely going to face the winner of the May 17 Juan Manuel Marquez-Mike Alvarado title eliminator in the fall.”

Pacquiao made similar improvements in the pound-for-pound rankings of RingTV and Sports Illustrated.

RingTV elevated the Filipino superstar to the fourth spot, while Sports Illustrated placed him at No. 3.

"Call him Pacquiao 2.0," Sports Illustrated (SI) said of the Filipino icon. "This version of Pacquiao doesn't apply the same relentless pressure, doesn’t intimidate opponents with crushing power, doesn’t win many fights by knockout."

"But this Pacquiao can still overwhelm with his activity and is difficult to outpoint," SI added.

"In beating Tim Bradley, Pacquiao proved that –a year and a half removed from a devastating knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez – he is still an elite fighter."