MANILA – Eight-division boxing champion Manny Pacquiao is currently the longest reigning fighter in RING Magazine’s mythical pound-for-pound list, which values a boxer’s standing in relation to fighters of different weight classes.
Based on RING Magazine’s list, Pacquiao has been among the world's best pound-for-pound fighters for 548 weeks, roughly over 10 years.
The fighting congressman is listed as the 4th best fighter in the world behind Floyd Mayweather Jr., Andre Ward and Wladimir Klitschko.
Interestingly, the second longest staying fighter on the list is Pacquiao’s arch rival, Juan Manuel Marquez.
Marquez, who knocked out Pacquiao in 2012, has been on the list for 373 weeks (7 years). His current standing is at No. 6, two ranks below the Filipino superstar.
The other longest reigning pound-for-pound fighters are Klitschko (197 weeks) and Ward (163 weeks).
Mayweather, who tops the list, has been on the top 10 for 141 weeks. The controversial boxer had been on the list since 2007 but was dropped from the rankings after going into temporary retirement following his split decision win over Oscar de la Hoya.
RING Magazine, which is considered the bible of boxing, determines the pound-for-pound ranking based on the boxers' most recent victories, performances, and track record, including the quality of opposition they have faced.