Pacquiao and Mayweather: There Should Be a Shift in the Pound-for-Pound Rankings

Henry MartinSenior Analyst INovember 13, 2011

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 12:  (L-R) Juan Manuel Marquez connects with a right to the face of Manny Pacquiao during the WBO world welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 12, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Manny Pacquiao just finished his highly controversial trilogy with Juan Manuel Marquez that ended almost as it had started. Marquez catching Pacquiao at every turn and crying robbery in the end as the judges gave Pacquiao the winning nudge.

While Pacquiao did walk away with another win under his belt, he didn't walk away with it as convincingly as he promised everybody. 

Marquez's age and weight disadvantage was supposed to make everything easier for Pacquiao this time around. Marquez was 38 and came into the ring at a surprising 150 pounds compared to Pacquiao's 148. Marquez was supposed to be slower and just flat out blown out of the ring, but that  wasn't the case.

Marquez was patient, picked his shots carefully and knocked Pacquiao back several times. Pacquiao looked like he had just as much trouble with Marquez as he did when their trilogy first started. After the fight it was clear who a majority of the fans in attendance thought won.

After this fight, I think it's clear the there needs to be a shift in who deserves the crown as the king of the mythical pound-for-pound rankings, Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Although both men had controversial fights this year, it's clear who the better boxer is between Pacquiao and Floyd. Floyd was able to outclass Ortiz and show why he's the best despite his fight ending in a controversial knockout. Pacquiao just looked out of it tonight and showed the public he just doesn't do well with counter punchers. 

The big issue before was that Floyd was always gone and doesn't deserve to have his former No. 1 spot right off the bat. After both men fought this year, there's no question who deserves to be atop the mythical pound-for pound list. Most lists, such as ESPN, Yahoo or The Ring, have Pacquiao on top. After tonight, I feel as if there needs to be a shift.