There’s been a few noteworthy shakeups on some noteworthy pound for pound lists lately. For example, both the espn.com and yahoo now list boxing’s best, regardless of weight class, in the following order: (1) Manny Pacquiao (2) Sergio Martinez, and (3) Floyd Mayweather.
Ring Magazine’s pound for pound top three accurately describes this writers list with Pacquiao on top, followed by Mayweather at two and Martinez at three. Martinez had previosuly been at the #4 spot on Ring’s list in the weeks following Nonito Donaire’s recent 2nd round TKO conquest of Fernando Montiel.
I never agreed with Donaire (a fine fighter) moving above Martinez in the p4p list and I also do not agree with Martinez currently being ahead of Mayweather on some.
The reason for Mayweather’s demotion on the p4p list is his recent inactivity. He hasn’t fought since last May when he thoroughly dominated Shane Mosley after a few shaky moments early en route to a unanimous decision.
Within that same time span, Martinez has defended his middleweight championship twice with a 2nd round KO of Paul Williams and a dominant five knockdown 8th round TKO of top junior middleweight Sergiy Dzinziruk two weeks ago at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Connecticut.
While it’s not written in stone, generally a fighter is given up to one year to either fight or have a fight scheduled before they are removed from any rankings. Mayweather has been off 10 months and doesn’t have any bouts looming due to personal & legal problems he must deal with.
So while it’s likely Mayweather won’t fight within a twelve month span, I still don’t feel entirely comfortable taking him down a notch on the p4p list. Just like Donaire was moved above Martinez for a moment in time by one list after the buzz surrounding his brilliant performance against Montiel, it seems Martinez mania is now running wild after a dominant performance against a quality opponent in Dzinziruk a few weeks ago.
P4P lists, and any boxing ratings for that matter, are not a perfect science. And while i feel Martinez may be the best fighter in the world (his size & speed would make him the favorite in my opinion against either Pacquiao or Mayweather), I still keep him at #3 on my list until further notice.
Here’s how my list looks. Feel free to disagree…that’s part of what makes this fun.
1. Manny Pacquiao
2. Floyd Mayweather
3. Sergio Martinez
4. Nonito Donaire
5. Juan Manuel Marquez