Thursday, 28 April 2011

Floyd Mayweather Jr faces removal from Pound for Pound list

Posted by chardyboy on Thursday, April 28, 2011 0 comments

source: Ronnie Nathanielsz

Floyd Mayweather Jr who is currently ranked No. 2 in the prestigious Ring Magazine pound-for-pound ratings behind “Fighter of the Decade” Manny Pacquiao may soon be removed from the list as well as the Ring’s divisional ratings.

Ring Magazine editor-in-chief Nigel Collins told the Inquirer that Mayweather has until May 1, 2011 which marks the one-year anniversary of his fight with Shane Mosley, to sign for a match or be removed from both The Ring’s divisional and pound-for-pound ratings.

Collins said “If that happens, he won’t be reinstated in either of the ratings until after he fights again.”

He said “Where Floyd would fit at that point, is difficult to say. A win over low-level or undersized opponents would not earn him as high a spot as he now holds. It would take a clear-cut win over a high quality adversary to accomplish that.”

There are no indications as of now that the undefeated Mayweather plans on fighting anytime soon or even signing for a fight in order to hold on to his pound-for-pound rating.

Collins also indicated that it would also be “difficult to know exactly how the pound-for-pound ratings will look without Mayweather.”

However, he stated that it would be “fairly safe to say that Sergio Martinez (WBC light middleweight champion) who is currently No. 3 on the PFP list and (WBC/WBO bantamweight champion) Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire, currently No. 4 would both move up and become No. 2 and No. 3.”

Pointing to the May 7 showdown between Pacquiao and former three-time champion Shane Mosley, Collins said “of course, if Shane Mosley springs an upset in his upcoming fight with Manny Pacquiao, there would be a massive reshuffling.”

The Ring’s editor-in-chief noted that "if Pacquiao prevails (over Mosley) and Mayweather stays inactive, Manny, who is No. 1 at 147 pounds, could capture the vacant Ring welterweight championship by fighting Victor Ortiz, who would advance from No. 3 to No. 2 without Mayweather in the ratings.”

Ortiz captured the WBC crown last April 16 with an impressive twelve round decision over Andre Berto.


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