By Rich Bailey
Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao has been sitting atop the “Pound 4 Pound King” throne since early 2008. This is due to Manny’s activity in the Welterweight division. He has beaten big name opponents such as, Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto, Joshua Clottey, Antonio Margarito, also Shane Mosley, and no other fighter has been able to consistently dismantle their opponents the way Manny Pacquiao has. The only problem is that the “Pacman” has not faced the most quality opposition available in the welterweight division. The perfect example is he is set to face 38 year old lightweight Juan Manuel Marquez for a third time this November. Now this is obviously not the toughest challenge available for Manny at the moment, but it is still a competitive matchup.
This is where Floyd Mayweather Jr comes in. Due to Floyd’s lack of inactivity over the past several years, he has vastly fallen off the P4P rankings. Yet he still manages to schedule at least one fight per year. Floyd is set to face WBC Welterweight Champion “Vicious” Victor Ortiz this September. Victor is a big, strong, and very hungry lion looking to take Floyd apart with his youth and strength. Ortiz is also coming off a monster win over former undefeated Welterweight Champion Andre Berto. This is a prime example of taking on the best opponent available in the Welterweight division. Despite the lack of inactivity, if Floyd Jr could secure a win over the young lion “Vicious” Victor, he deserves to reclaim his spot atop the “Pound 4 Pound King” throne.
If Manny Pacquiao was willing to challenge and defeat top contenders in the Welterweight division, I would never suggest Floyd to dethrone him. Unfortunately that is not the case. While Shane Mosley has been a recognized as one of the most dangerous competitors for years, he did absolutely nothing to deserve a shot at Pacquiao last May. A loss and an ugly draw just doesn’t make you a contender for the P4P king. So until Floyd and Manny meet face to face in the ring, we won’t know who the true king is, but until then, Floyd Mayweather Jr deserves the credit for challenging a champion.
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