Why Manny Pacquiao Is Still the No. 1 Fighter in the World Today

Ralph LongoAnalyst IIIJanuary 15, 2017

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 07:  (R-L) Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines throws a right at Shane Mosley in the WBO welterweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 7, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Since Floyd Mayweather's controversial, (and egregiously unsportsmanlike) victory over Victor Ortiz last Saturday, I have seen many people elevating him to No.1 Pound for Pound status over Manny Pacquiao.

In my view, Manny Pacquiao is still, and comfortably at that, the top boxer on the planet. Hopefully they'll settle this argument for me and everyone else in the ring come next year, if Pacquiao can get by Juan Manuel Marquez in November at the MGM in Vegas. 

Primarily, I place Manny above Floyd because of Manny's frequent activity against top-level opponents. Manny has perhaps one of the best resumes I have seen in recent years in terms of consistently fighting top 5 fighters in their respective divisions.

Yes, Floyd has faced top fighters, but he's fought only twice in the past two years.

I don't understand how writers can allow Floyd to take huge portions of time off, come back and get a controversial win and instantly elevate him to the top spot in the world. If Floyd can maintain some level of consistency in terms of the frequency of his fights, then he'd be much more deserving of the top spot in the world.

Admittedly, I value activity much higher than others, but I really believe that fighters should try and step into the squared circle at least twice a year barring some sort of injury. 

My other main reason for still putting Manny ahead of Floyd is that I just think Manny is flat out a better fighter than Floyd and would defeat Floyd if they were to meet. Against Ortiz, Floyd was definitely ahead in the fight, but whenever Victor backed Floyd into the ropes, Floyd looked very uncomfortable and Ortiz was scoring with some good shots.

Victor was starting to have a fair amount of success before he got "knocked out" by Floyd. I think Manny is a stronger, faster, and more powerful version of Victor Ortiz, and if he can duplicate Ortiz's game plan, and pin Floyd against the ropes and unleash his combinations, he'll beat Floyd. He'll land harder and more often, and will force Floyd to fight toe to toe, which is a fight Floyd won't win. 

So, based on activity, and my prediction of what will happen if and when Floyd and Manny step into the ring, I still give Pacquiao the edge and believe he is the No.1 fighter in the world.