By Pierre Grimm
Manny Pacquiao is proof that you don’t need to be the most skilled boxer or fight prime fighters to be labeled the pound for pound king of boxing.
I’ve been a fan of Manny Pacquiao for the longest time, but he is what he is, a crude brawler whom Freddie Roach has handled very well by matching him up with tailor made opponents with big names.
These recent match-up’s against fighters like Josh Clottey, Antonio Margarito, and Shane Mosley are ruining his legacy.
Roach has stated before both Pacquiao-Marquez fights that Juan Manuel Marquez’s style of counter punching and angles gives Manny Pacquiao trouble.
Now we move forward to Manny fighting Shane Mosley. A Shane Mosley who is nearing 40-years-old and coming off two lackluster performances one against Floyd Mayweather and another against Sergio Mora.
I supported Manny Pacquiao and ordered his fight with Antonio Margarito because Bob Arum said he would pair Manny up with a more credible opponent next and the Floyd Mayweather fight would be his first priority.
Instead, we get a fight between another undeserving opponent in Shane Mosley. I guess looking vulnerable in your fights and losing is the criteria set by Arum and Roach in order to land a big money fight with Pacquiao.
We have to start considering moving other more worthy fighters up the pound for pound list to replace Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather. Floyd hasn’t been active at all, so, he shouldn’t even be on the list, but Manny is fighting Floyd’s leftovers so that should bring him down on the list.
I believe the winner of Timothy Bradley vs. Devon Alexander should automatically take over the number one spot and replace Manny. Sergio Martinez is another worthy pound for pound king candidate. I would have the winner of Bradley vs. Alexander as the number 1 pound for pound, Sergio Martinez as number 2 and Manny Pacquiao at the number 3 spot.
But we all know how boxing politics works, the fighter with the biggest names will get higher ranked even if they are not fighting top ranked opponents.
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