Pacquiao up in latest Ring Pound-for-Pound ratings
by Salven L. Lagumbay
The march towards marquee stardom continues for reigning consensus featherweight king Manny Pacquiao.
Yesterday, the Ring Magazine, considered as the ?Bible of Boxing,? upgraded the southpaw Pacquiao as the no. 5 pound-for-pound best fighter in the planet for the month of March, up a notch from his no. 6 billing just last month.
The pound-for-pound system of rankings classifies the best boxers in all weight divisions, as ranked by Ring Magazine?s expert writers and columnists.
Early this month, Ring Magazine editor-in-chief Nigel Collins visited the country to award Pacquiao his Ring belt, indicative of his top billing as the finest featherweight boxer in the world.
WBC light-heavyweight king Roy Jones Jr. remains the top pound-for-pound boxer in the world, followed by WBC/WBA/IBF middleweight champ Bernard Hopkins, WBC lightweight boss Floyd Mayweather, Golden Boy Oscar De la Hoya and Pacquiao.
Right below the Filipino ring idol are WBC/WBA/IBF junior middleweight champ Winky Wright, WBC featherweight ruler Erik Morales, WBC/WBA/IBF junior welter monarch Kostya Tszyu, heavyweight wonder James Toney and ex-WBC light-heavyweight titlist Antonio Tarver.
Pacquiao is set to do battle with WBA/IBF featherweight champ Juan Manuel Marquez on May 8 at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, and a victory by the Filipino hero gives him a chance to move further up in the pound-for-pound list while giving him a ticket to battle Mexican hero Erik Morales on July 31.
Pacquiao left for the United States last night accompanied by US promoter Murad Muhammad, business manager Rod Nazario and his associate Lito Mondejar, and personal trainer Buboy Fernandez.
The champ will immediately hook up with trainer Freddie Roach at the latter?s Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles.