Dear Dan and Chris,
First off all let me say that I don’t know anybody more passionate about the sport of boxing than me and I love reading articles from both of you guys, I think you both bring lots to the table but…
We all know Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather are without a doubt the best the sport has to offer but guys I’ve gotta know something…
What in the Samuel L. Jackson are yall smoking?
Yesterday as I was browsing the SI and ESPN websites I came across the Pound for Pound ranking on both pages and to my surprise Floyd Mayweather is #1 P4P for both of you guys. I understand that the man is undefeated and I completely respect that but, there is no one and I do mean no one that has been putting in the kind of work that Manny Pacquiao has over the past few years.
Floyd is the typical athlete that has been given his props before the story has been completed and that story cannot end until he and Manny step inside the ring for a matchup that should have happened 2-3 years ago. There is no way Mayweather should be showered with all the admiration of fans and jock riders alike after all he’s only fought certain opponents that he felt was ripe for the picking.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao is the last of dying bread he has given rematches to those that have wanted them setting up some very memorable series with the likes of Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera, and of course Juan Manuel Marquez. It’s been almost seven years since Pacquiao lost a fight which came at the hands of Morales in their first of three bouts. Since then the “People’s Champ” has won fifteen straight including two versus Morales, his 2nd victory over Barrera, and two decision wins versus Marquez. I almost forgot eight of those fifteen wins were by either KO or TKO.
In the almost seven years that Manny has won 15 straight fights Floyd Mayweather has retired, entered the WWE, then a comeback to boxing only to then take off another 16 months during the stretch he’s only been a part of nine bouts.
To even further my argument as to why Manny is truly the P4P Champion, the two boxers have each faced De La Hoya, Hatton, and Mosley in the past few years and I ask who had the most dominant performances against them?
Mayweather and De La Hoya went to a decision the last I checked Manny beat the hell out of the cross dressing Golden Boy, Floyd did beat Hatton in major way but I think he’s still sleep after being KO’d by Manny, Mosley showed the world that Mayweather could be hurt on the flipside Pac had no problems & I do mean NO Problems with Shane.
Can I go a step further?
Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito, and Joshua Clottey…
Here’s my closing argument:
It seems as if both Dan and Chris are basing their rankings on both fighters’ last bouts and to be honest you can’t even do that because Pacquiao-Marquez was a highly competitive boxing contest between the two boxers and because it went the distance you all act as if he’s lost his swagger. If a fourth bout is added to this already classic series no matter who wins it will go down as one of the best series of all time.
Meanwhile, Mayweather-Ortiz was a piece of crap it looked a fight that was put together and scripted by WWE owner Vince McMahon. Yeah Floyd got a crispy clean KO on Ortiz but look at the situation, the boxer’s hands were down, the ref was looking at the time keeper, and Mayweather took the cheap way out.
How can you respect that?
This is why the sport of boxing is dying a slow death!
If there were more guys like Manny willing to take on any challenger the sport would be phenomenal but instead we have a bunch of guys following in the shadow of Floyd Mayweather an undefeated fighter that will never be considered the GREATEST because he has yet to truly dare himself to be GREAT!
All the admiration and respect!
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