Move Over Mayweather: Pacquiao Is The New Pound-For-Pound King

Bryan TraffordSenior Analyst IJune 29, 2008

In what was seen as a potential grab at the pound-for-pound throne, the number one contender to Floyd Mayweather's top spot, crowned himself king last night.

With a chilling ninth round knockout of WBC lightweight champion David Diaz, Pacquiao showed boxing fans that he is indeed the sport's top fighter.

Pacquiao put on a display of his underrated boxing skills, winning virtually every round in route to the win. He jabbed effectively, showed tremendous handspeed, and often rattled off combinations and moved away before Diaz could answer back.

Round after round he got in, got out, and moved away. He bloodied Diaz and opened a cut above Diaz's eye before hitting him with a perfect left cross as Diaz was throwing a hook that put Diaz out. The referee waved the fight off without bothering to issue a ten-count.

"That's the best I've ever seen him box," stated his trainer, Freddie Roach.

Many questioned Pacquiao's lack of training and focus coming in to this fight, as well as how he would handle Diaz's size and strength advantages. Those questions were answered last night.

With the win, Pacquiao moved to 47-3-2 with 34 KO's. David Diaz dropped to 34-2-1 with 17 KO's.

Up next for Pacquiao may be a battle with young KO artist, Edwin Valero or a possible showdown with 140 pound champ, Ricky Hatton.

While recently retired pound-for-pound king, Floyd Mayweather is planning his three-day retirement celebration, he might want to include one event on his schedule.

Somewhere between the car show, the rap concert, and the carnival he needs to plan a coronation. It's time for him to hand his crown over to Manny Pacquiao.

The king is dead, all hail the king.