Sports Illustrated Has Manny Pacquiao At # 6 On Their Pound-For-Pound List

Sports Illustrated has updated their Pound-For-Pound list, and as expected, Pacquiao slides down.


1)      Floyd Mayweather Jr.

2)      Andre Ward

3)      Juan Manuel Marquez / Sergio Martinez (Tie)

4)      Juan Manuel Marquez / Sergio Martinez (Tie)

5)      Nonito Donaire

6)      Manny Pacquiao

7)      Wladimir Klitschko

8)      Timothy Bradley

9)      Abner Mares

10)  Yuriorkis Gamboa


Andre Ward, Juan Manuel Marquez, Sergio Martinez and Nonito Donaire are now all rated higher than Manny Pacquiao, at least according to SI.

Not that I would have much to argue about in their list, except maybe Sergio Martinez, but this how just how brutal the politics of boxing can be. Not even in the top 5, Pacquiao is now just one rank above Klitschko, and two above Bradley.

I don’t know that this is as fair as it could be, but sure, Pacman lost, and he gets released from his previous spot. While this list means something to someone, I doubt that it truly represents what the fans believe.

For example, as much as I like Ward, and I truly am a huge fan, I think Marquez should be higher than him on that list. What I am trying to say, is that don’t read into this list too much, but instead just look at it as a someone’s opinion.

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Nonito Donaire On Pacquiao: “He Can Beat Anybody Out There, Still.”

If anyone is going to believe that Manny Pacquiao is going to bounce back and reclaim his status as the unstoppable fighter that he was, it’s going to be Manny’s countryman and a pound-for-pound champion Nonito Donaire.

“Manny was very competitive; he was winning the fight in many people’s cards. He has the power, he just needs the dedication. When you put your life on the line, you got to be 100% into it. You got to put everything into it, and not take anything for granted with each moment, and just learn from what happened. He is still a capable fighter; he can beat anybody out there, still. As long as he is focused on just one particular thing when he’s fighting, which is training, focus on boxing 100%, then he can still be the Manny Pacquiao that we’ve seen,” stated Donaire in a recent interview with Examiner.

Of course Pacquiao is still a competitive fighter, why wouldn’t he be? His K.O. loss was not so devastating to his career that it should end it immediately. Manny lost, and now he, like many other fighters in the sport, will have to fight back to the top. Although to be perfectly honest, he still is at the very top. He is still the most wanted man in the ring, and should not have any trouble getting anyone he wants next. The only man he will not get inside the ring easily is Mayweather Jr., but other than that, Manny can make any fight happen for himself, including another, already discussed fight against Marquez.

As for Donaire, he need not worry; Philippines will have their hero back, and if not, well than he better not let them down against Arce.

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Mayweather Jr. Will Not Train With Uncle Roger, But Says “I have a lot left in the tank.”

According to an interview with FightHype, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is removing one very crucial element of his boxing career, and replacing it with something else, something that may or may not yield the same Mayweather Jr. we are used to seeing. Apparently, his uncle and trainer Roger is not in good health due to his not taking care of his diabetes, and is now simply not sharp enough for his nephew.

“At this particular time, I’m thinking about working back with my father,” stated Floyd.

“He’s not eating well; he’s not healthy. I want him to get healthy and eat better so he can have a sharp mind, because his mind is not as sharp as it once was. Roger, you know, he’s very, very sick at his particular time. We really don’t know what the future holds for Floyd Mayweather as far as who’s gonna be the trainer, but I’m leaning towards my father at this particular time,” continued Floyd.

It’s a shame that this is happening to Roger and Floyd, as they were the magic duo, a pair that connected too well, producing unbelievable results fight after fight. Roger and Floyd Sr. are not the same person, don’t teach the same way, and I think that this could potentially take Floyd out of his element and jeopardize his preparation.

As far as what he is planning for us boxing fans, Floyd is ready to please:

“I have a lot left in the tank and I want to go out there and give the fans nothing but excitement.”

While I am not sure whether Floyd will stick around for much longer, I do think that without Roger his time in boxing might be cut short. Maybe I am wrong and Floyd will look just as good in the ring, if not better. He is a professional and can do most of the preparation himself, without anyone’s assistance. Even the padwork doesn’t require a genius, but what Mayweather Jr. might miss, is the mental connection, and the confidence boost that his uncle was able to give him for many years.


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Bob Arum: “No. 5 is now the biggest fight in boxing, bigger than Pacquiao vs. Mayweather.”

Bob Arum is back at it, talking money-driven opinion rather than fact.

“No. 5 is now the biggest fight in boxing, bigger than Pacquiao-Mayweather,” Arum said in a recent interview with LA Times.

“This fight shows the health of the sport. Great fight, shown all over it. The knockout happening right in front of the guy who was almost president of the United States, Mitt Romney. It puts the sport back in the mainstream,” continued Arum.

While I happen to agree that a fifth fight would be embraced by the boxing fans, and that Pacquiao’s knockout sent waves through the world making non-boxing fans tune in, I strongly disagree that there is a more lucrative, important and historically significant fight than Pacquiao vs. Mayweather Jr. at this point in time.

It is not about the fighters or even the outcome of their proposed fight, it’s about the history and the drama that has surrounded these two fighters. Their rivalry, verbal as well as financial, has gained so much public attention over the years, that I believe the majority of all sports fans would gladly pay to see them challenge each other in the ring.

Marquez’s knockout of Pacquiao has certainly made their next fight, if it ever comes to fruition, very intriguing, but nowhere near the effect that Mayweather Jr. vs. Pacquiao would have on the boxing community.

“Jinkee can make any comment she wants.  Manny’s comment is he wants to fight,” concluded Arum.

Is Bob worried that his cash-cow could be swayed by his family? Will he try to do anything that he possibly can to avoid Manny from hearing anything that has to do with him considering retirement? Certainly seems so.  Well don’t worry Bob, it is highly unlikely that Manny will leave his career in such a state.

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Santa Cruz: This Is An Unbelievable Opportunity Fighting on CBS







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