One of the most controversial topics in boxing has been who the pound-for-pound best boxer in the world truly is. Some claim the title should go to Floyd Mayweather Jr. and his flawless 41-0 professional boxing record, while others feel the only eight-division title holder in the history of the sport, Manny Pacquiao, deserves the award.
Pacquiao has become even more popular in recent years due to his many accomplishments inside the ring. Pacquiao has also gained a following from casual fans of the sport who are more anti-Mayweather than pro-Manny; something that all those that face Floyd seem to enjoy. While watching Pacquiao’s fight against Mosley, I couldn’t help but wonder if he really deserved the pound-for-pound title.
Against Mosley, Pacquiao came out slow in the opening rounds unable to establish himself until the third round when he secured a knockdown. Even after that, he seemed content to go 12 rounds with the veteran, something most would expect from Mayweather and not Pacquiao. Fans at ringside booed sporadically throughout the fight, angered they weren’t getting the action they expected from both fighters. Pacquiao still won the unanimous decision rather easily, but the fact he wasn’t as aggressive as usual against Mosley, didn’t earn him any new fans.
Mayweather’s case as the pound-for-pound champ isn’t ironclad either. Yes, it’s impressive being undefeated in a sport as demanding as boxing, but the volume and frequency of his fights make him a hard sell.
Obviously the best way to find out who’s the best boxer in the world is to have Mayweather and Pacquiao step into the ring and settle it once and for all. The fight has been rumored for years now, but both camps seem to be posturing for the moment. The wait is actually good for boxing since the sport doesn’t really have that many household names at the moment.
I wonder what Mosley thinks about the whole pound-for-pound issue, since he managed to survive against both fighters at 39 years old. Fans of Pacquiao or Mayweather might not want to hear it, but Mosley in his prime would have probably been too much for either one of them.