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Floyd Mayweather or Nonito Donaire: Who Shall Be No. 2 On Pound-for-Pound List?

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Leo ReyesAnalyst IFebruary 21, 2011

Definitely Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao will still be on top of Ring's next pound-for-pound rankings.

What is not definite, though, is whether Floyd Mayweather, Jr. will still be occupying his second spot after Pacquiao's countryman Nonito Donaire showed the world he deserves to be No. 2 in the next Ring Magazine listing.

Currently, Mayweather is listed No. 2, followed by Sergio Martinez at No. 3, while Juan Manuel Marquez and Nonito Donaire are ranked fourth and fifth respectively.

Former champion Roy Jones said he’s not sure if it’s Manny Pacquiao or his countryman, Nonito Donaire, Jr., who should be ranked first now.

“Nobody else comes close to Pacquiao, Mayweather and Donaire. Mayweather would be No. 1 if he was active. Pacquiao is up there now,” said Jones, shortly after a nearly minute-long, eye-to-eye conversation with Donaire during which he more or less told the fighter the same thing.

“And then there’s this kid. All three of them are pound-for-pound. It ain’t about a popularity contest,” said Jones. “It’s about who does the job. This kid does the job. I see this kid doing some special things that not many fighters can do.”

Certainly Donaire will have to move up from his No. 5 post following his flawless execution of a plan he made during his training.

The least that could happen will be an exchange in ranking with Juan Manuel Marquez who is currently ranked No. 4.

In the case of Mayweather, a demotion in ranking may be forthcoming due mainly to his inactive status. It is possible the undefeated boxer will move down to No. 3 with Martinez moving up to the No. 2 spot.

Still, Roy Jones who is getting more popular as a ring commenter, may have a point in seeing Donaire in the second spot with Pacquiao who is still holding on as No. 1 in the list.

If this happens, Mayweather will have to move down to No. 4 and push Marquez further down to No. 5.

The resulting ranking will have Pacquiao still at No. 1 followed by Donaire, Martinez, Mayweather and Marquez for the first five in the top-10 list.

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