P4P countdown: No. 8: Manny Pacquiao
Luke G. Williams
Over the Christmas and New Year period, Boxing Monthly online is counting down our latest pound for pound top ten, based on the votes of a panel comprising nine of our writers. Today we reveal the man who came eighth ...
Name: Manny Pacquaio
BM online P4P ranking: 8th
Fight record: 59(38)-6-2
2016 report card: It was a strange 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 in April, 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, soundly outpointing Jessie Vargas. Two points wins from two showdowns with men ranked in most people's welterweight top tens represented a solid, albeit unspectacular return for the Filipino.
Prospects for 2017: Who knows? Having promised to fit any future bouts around his political commitments in the Philippines, Pacquiao's options may be limited to fighting in June and November. He yearns for a return with Mayweather, but whether that ever happens remains unclear. Pac Man is probably the top welterweight around at the moment and there are plenty of potential opponents for him, but with Danny Garcia and Keith Thurman already signed to fight each other and Kell Brook and Errol Spence mandated for a showdown, he may have to look below or above his current weight division for his next foe. Super lightweight king Terence Crawford and super feather sensation Vasyl Lomachenko might be too risky at this stage of the Filippino's career, so perhaps the likes of Adrien Broner or even Viktor Postol may get the call, although the Ukrainian is, like Pacquiao, trained by Freddie Roach.
Total points from BM P4P ranking panel: 23 - All but one of our panellists ranked Pacquiao in their top ten, with his highest rating being fourth from one voter. However his presence in our top ten is arguably as much due to his legendary status and past achievements as his success in 2016. He will need to have a good 2017 to maintain his ranking one feels.
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 and Michael Montero.
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.