'Pacquiao vs Floyd-like bout historically rare'


Posted at May 22 2012 09:47 PM | Updated as of May 23 2012 05:47 AM

MANILA, Philippines – It has been rare in boxing history that a battle between the No. 1 and No. 2 pound-for-pound kings would come into fruition, according to a Yahoo! Sports analyst.

“It hasn't happened since Pernell Whitaker fought to a highly controversial draw with Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, on Sept. 10, 1993,” said boxing scribe Kevin Iole in his blog.

“Prior to the Whitaker-Chavez bout, you'd have to go back to the great 1981 welterweight match between Sugar Ray Leonard and Thomas Hearns to get another consensus 1 vs. 2 match,” he added.

Yahoo! Sports is in consensus with ESPN and Sports Illustrated that Mayweather is the current No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter, putting Pacquiao on the No. 2 spot.

Iole said that it has been rare for the No. 1 and No. 2 top boxers to be fighting in the same weight class.

Pacquiao and Mayweather have yet to reach an agreement for their supposed super-fight.

Among the the stumbling blocks of the mega-bout is the purse split and drug testing issue.

Pacquiao is set to fight Timothy Bradley this June 9, while Mayweather will serve a three-month jail sentence for domestic battery.