MANILA, Philippines – Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao fell three ranks behind his rival Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the latest ESPN pound-for-pound rankings.
Pacquiao, who used to occupy the No. 2 spot of the pound-for-pound list, was relegated to No. 4 after the impressive performances of super middleweight champion Andre Ward and middleweight king Sergio Martinez.
Based on the list issued on September 25, Ward is now ranked No. 2, just a rank lower than Mayweather.
Ward earned the No. 2 spot after his 10 round disposal of Chad Dawson more than two weeks ago.
Martinez, on the other hand, surged to No. 3 by schooling the erstwhile unbeaten Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on September 15.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao managed to hold onto his No. 2 ranking in the RING Magazine pound-for-pound list despite Ward’s surge.
Pacquiao remained tied with Mayweather in No. 2, while Ward occupies the No. 3 spot.
RING Magazine’s No. 1 spot remained vacant, pending Pacquiao’s December 8 bout against Juan Manuel Marquez.
Ward has already supplanted Pacquiao in Sports Illustrated’s pound-for-pound ratings.
The American boxer took the second spot, while Pacquiao fell to No. 3. Mayweather topped the list.