MANILA – Floyd Mayweather, Jr. bumped off Juan Manuel Marquez from his pound-for-pound ranking in the Ring Magazine after overpowering the tough Mexican boxer by unanimous decision last Saturday (Sunday in Manila).
Mayweather has completely his comeback by making it into the Ring Magazine pound-for-pound rankings as of Sept. 20 as the No. 2 pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
The undefeated American (40-0, 25 knockouts) replaced Marquez at the No. 2 spot. The Marquez (50-5-1, 37 KOs), on the other hand, slipped to fifth place.
Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao (49-3-2, 37 KOs) remained on top of the rankings as the world’s best pound-for-pound boxer.
The latest rankings list of the “Bible of Boxing” further fuels the budding rivalry between Pacquiao and Mayweather, who is a former pound-for-pound king.
Talks of a possible Pacquiao-Mayweather match gained ground after Mayweather’s victory over Marquez.
Pacquiao, however, said wants to focus first on his Nov. 14 fight against Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico before thinking about the possibility of facing Mayweather.
Cotto (34-1-0, 27 KOs), meanwhile, went down to 9th ranking after Mayweather's entry into the pound-for-pound list. He was ranked 8th last week.
Shane Mosley (46-5-0, 39 KOs) moved up one notch to be the world’s third best pound-for-pound boxer, replacing Bernard Hopkins (49-5-1, 32 KOs) who dipped to No. 4.
Mexican Israel Vazquez (43-4-0, 31 KOs) dropped to No. 6 from No. 5 while his compatriot Rafael Marquez moved down to No. 7 from No. 6.
WBA interim junior bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (22-1, 14 KOs) went down to No. 8 best pound-for-pound, coming from No. 7 the previous week.
Panamanian Celestino Caballero (33-2-0, 23 KOs), No. 9 pound-for-pound fighter last week, rounded up the Ring Magazine rankings at No. 10.
While some saw Mayweather’s latest win as a “superb performance” by the former pound-for-pound king, others think that it was merely a result of a mismatch.
“Lumaban siya ng mas maliit sa kanya, ‘di ko talaga bumilib sa kanya,” said boxing trainer Nonito Donaire Sr.
Mayweather was 2 pounds overweight during the fight’s official weigh in. Marquez, on the other hand, tipped the scales at 142 in the match described as a welterweight bout with a catch weight limit of 144 pounds.
The American boxer refused to re-weigh himself on fight night and was believed to have already added at least 10 more pounds before stepping inside the ring.
“Mayweather was about 12-15 pounds heavier than Marquez, it was a mismatch in that sense,” said Filipino boxing analyst Ronnie Nathanielsz. “But you have to give Marquez credit, talagang brave… brave, just like a Filipino warrior, warrior talaga."
Donaire, however, said Mayweather is still lacking in terms of boxing skills as he failed to knock out Marquez despite the size disparity.
“’Di niya nakuhang pabagsakin talaga si Marquez, so hindi ako bilib, nag take advantage na siya sa timbang niya. Mas malaki siya, mas matangkad, pero ‘di nya nakuhang patulugin si Marquez,” said the boxing trainer. -- With reports from TJ Manotoc, ABS-CBN News and Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau