P4P countdown: No 7: Manny Pacquiao
Luke G. Williams
Over the course of this week, Boxing Monthly online is counting down our latest pound for pound top ten, based on the votes of a panel comprising ten of our writers. Today we reveal the man who came seventh...
Name: Manny Pacquaio
BM online P4P ranking: 7th (up 1 place from last December)
Fight record: 59(38)-6-2
Report card: 2016 was a solid year for Pacquiao. After his disappointingly tame loss against Floyd Mayweather in May 2015, he had plenty to prove in his third showdown with Timothy Bradley, and he did so, knocking down 'Desert Storm' twice en route to a comfortable points victory. This showdown was mooted as Pac-Man's final fight, which no one believed, and, sure enough, he was back in action again in November 2016, soundly outpointing Jessie Vargas. Two points wins from two showdowns with men ranked in most people's welterweight top tens represented a decent return for the Filipino. Next up in 2017 for the future hall of famer is a great event on paper - with 50,000 plus spectators expected in Brisbane for his showdown against Jeff Horn on Saturday - however the Australian is not the sort of opponent who will do anything to enhance Pacquiao's reputation.
Prospects for 2017: Post-Horn who knows? Having promised to fit any future bouts around his political commitments in the Philippines, Pacquiao's options for a second fight later this year may be limited to November. He yearns for a return with Mayweather, but that seems unlikely to ever happen. With Keith Thurman injured and a showdown with Errol Spence improbable, Pacquiao's most viable potential 'super fights' would appear to be outside the welterweight division, against either super lightweight king Terence Crawford or super feather sensation Vasyl Lomachenko - but neither are likely to be brokered this year.
Total points from BM P4P ranking panel: 39 - All but one of our panellists ranked Pacquiao in their top ten, with his highest rating being second from one voter. Pac Man has mainly moved up a place since last December due to Sergey Kovalev's dramatic fall. However, unless he lines up some more testing engagements, one feels his position in our P4P top ten could be on borrowed time.
NB: Voting panel for the BM online P4P rankings were: Mark Butcher, Luke Byron, Luke G. Williams, Andrew Harrison, Paul Zanon, James Oddy, Chris Williamson, Callum Rudge, Michael Montero and Martin Chesnutt.
Each panellist ranked their top ten in order, with the boxer placed first receiving ten points, second nine points, third eight points and so on. Boxers were then ranked by the overall number of points accrued.