“How Was Floyd Over Pac Man”: Floyd Mayweather’s Number 1 Spot in 2008 Ring Magazine Pound for Pound Rankings Still Remains Topic of Debate Among Fans

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The pound-for-pound rankings stand as a highly subjective yet revered index in sports. Fans’ diverse opinions shape these rankings, but every boxer aspires to be the pound-for-pound king. Floyd Mayweather, a Grand Rapids, Michigan luminary, epitomizes success in the ring. His exceptional speed, strategic brilliance, and near-impenetrable defense catapulted him to the status of a five-weight world titleholder across junior lightweight to junior middleweight. Mayweather’s mastery earned him the coveted title of the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter.

In Ring magazine‘s list of top pound-for-pound fighters in the year 2008, Mayweather fared the highest. When Michael Benson shared this piece of history on his X account, fans had a few mixed reactions to it.

Going by Ring magazine’s evaluation of the top ten pound-for-pound boxers, Mayweather steals the top spot while Manny Pacquiao stands second. These positions slightly take fans aback. Some find it justified while some believe Pacquiao deserved the first position.

“Helluva fighter… helluva fighter. He’s his own boss too, made smart investments. Kept all his faculties. I take my hat off to him.” One fan lauded Mayweather for his approach to both boxing and his business.

Floyd saw Manny rising up those p4p ratings and then ducked him for the next 7 years, finally agreeing to fight him only after he’d been brutally knocked out by Marquez.” another fan accused Mayweather of ducking Pacquiao till he was beaten by Juan Manuel Márquez.

Though the two fighters are now retired, their impact on the world of boxing has not faded away. ‘Money’ Mayweather, however, has continued to get down in the ring with his exhibition fights. Recently, he has confirmed a rematch with one of his old opponents.

Mayweather Jr. and John Gotti III are gearing up for an exhibition rematch scheduled for February, as confirmed by Mayweather on Instagram. The legendary undefeated boxer and the grandson of the notorious New York City crime boss faced off previously in June, but the match took a tumultuous turn.

Referee Kenny Bayless intervened in the sixth round due to the unchecked profane trash talk between Mayweather and Gotti. The fight’s cancellation sparked a chaotic scene, with Gotti charging at Mayweather, both exchanging punches, and their respective teams joining the melee in the ring. Now, as the rematch approaches on Super Bowl weekend in Las Vegas, anticipation is high for a renewed clash between these two formidable figures in the boxing world.


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