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With the retirement of welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather the position at the top of the mythical “pound-for-pound” list was vacated as well.




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By John Lumpkin: Manny Pacquiao is now the number one fighter in the world and all that it took for us to recognize this was the retirement of Floyd Mayweather Jr. There are, of course, detractors from this opinion who can readily cite the technical flaws with Pacquaio’s game or just prefer one of their more favored top fighters. It is interesting to watch what people reference when making a case for their choice to be considered the new pound for pound king. Pacquiao’s resume is filled with the scalps of multiple sure fire future hall of famers and titles across an unusually large weight range. It is an impressive body of work that makes you wonder why he was not number one to begin with. What would he have had to accomplish to surpass Floyd on the scale had Floyd not retired?

The nice thing about having Pacquiao at the top of the charts is that he is a puncher and an exciting fighter. It makes fans feel good when the guy they consider the best is a lot of fun to watch. It is even better when this same fighter has shown a propensity to seek out the best opposition time after time. It is what we expect from a champion and it ensures that we will be entertained.


The question now is where does team Pacquiao go from here? Their last foray was a step into that lightweight picture with an emphatic and impressive victory over the courageous, but clearly outgunned David Diaz. The win secured a number of important accolades ensuring that Pacquiao’s legacy will standout, but at the same time, there is a question as to what was really done.

It is the first time that the public was largely aware that team Pacquiao selected an opponent as a relatively easy target. This is a definitive departure from their previous pattern of going directly to the best in the division. Are we to take this as a function of the team being a little more cautious as their fighter moves up into the higher weight classes or are we seeing the beginnings of a new trend to protect their investment?

Rumors have been spreading that ever fading cash cow Ricky Hatton is well within the sights of team Pacquiao, and should this not be the next fight on the docket for Pacquiao, we will get the answer to the above question when the next opponent is announced. With so many viable challenges in the division in combination with Pacquiao’s most recent brilliant performance, it would be a major letdown to see him target soft touches while negotiating a deal for a Hatton fight. It is the path that the two most recent pound for pound kings found most comforting. We can only hope that our new pound for pound king continues to do the things that made him our number one choice.

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