With his clear victory over Timothy Bradley in their grudge rematch on Saturday in Las Vegas, Manny Pacquiao vaulted back as top contender to American Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the latest pound-for-pound rankings of Ring Magazine in the welterweight division.
Pacquiao rebounded from seventh to fourth overall in the list, trailing Mayweather, World Boxing Association super middleweight champion Andre Ward, also of the US, and unified heavyweight titlist Wladimir Klitscho of Ukraine.
Pacquiao, now back in General Santos City, skidded to seventh overall in the pound-for-pound rankings and fifth among 147-pounders when he got knocked out cold by Juan Manuel Marquez with one second to go in the sixth round on Dec. 8, 2012.
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They say Manny Pacquiao has slipped a little. They say he would not have beaten Floyd Mayweather in their heyday and he hasn’t got a prayer against him now. They say he’s too old, got too much stuff going on in his crazily busy life. They might be right. But tell it to Timothy Bradley.
For about 80% of their fight in Las Vegas on Saturday night, the old man who has won versions of world titles at eight weights in the course of 63 fights not only reminded the younger champion how good he has been. He also put to bed the injustice of their first meeting nearly two years ago, when two judges somehow handed the unbeaten American Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight belt.
This time, the gap between them was obvious enough for the officials to get it right. Even allowing for a subliminal corrective urge, perhaps, on behalf of their errant colleagues who got it so wrong in the same ring in June 2012, Michael Pernick and Craig Metcalfe (both 116-112) and Glenn Trowbridge (118-110) did a competent job.
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