- Sports Illustrated magazine has ranked Pacquiao among the 10 best pound-for-pound fighters in the world
- At no. 8, he ranked one notch higher than his next opponent, Timothy Bradley
- Absent from the list are two of Pacquiao’s tormentors – Mayweather and Marquez
MANILA, Philippines – Despite three career-changing losses over the past three years, Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquaio remains one of Sports Illustrated (SI) magazine’s best pound-for-pound fighters in the world.
In its latest edition released on Monday, February 1, SI ranked Pacquiao at no. 8, even outranking his next and younger opponent, Timothy Bradley, who came in ninth place.
SI rated the Filipino boxing icon with 10 points, saying: “The Pac Man was once at the very top of this list, but losses to Juan Manuel Marquez and Floyd Mayweather in the last three years have removed the aura of invincibility.”
The eight world division titlist will face Bradley on the ring for the third time on April 9 at MGM in Las Vegas. Their first match was held in June 2012 where Pacquiao lost to the American in a controversial decision.
“When Pacquiao climbs into the ring that night, he will be 37, nearly a year removed from his dismal loss to Floyd Mayweather and subsequent shoulder surgery,” SI wrote.
Pacquiao has long been considered as one of the best, if not the best, pound-for-pound boxers in the world by several magazines and sports websites aside from SI including The Ring, Sporting Life, ESPN and Yahoo Sports.
He was named “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2000s by the Boxing Writers Asscociation of America (BWAA), World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Organization (WBO). He was also a three-time “Fighter of the Year” winner both by the BWAA and The Ring, winning the accolade in 2006, 2008 amd 2009.
“It will be a subdued end to what has been one of the most glorious and entertaining careers in recent boxing history,” SI added; referring to the upcoming Pacquiao-Bradley III fight. (Click here to read more)