ALTHOUGH he is not the current pound-for-pound king of boxing, Filipino ring icon Manny Pac–quiao has been declared by Ring Boxing Magazine as the fighter who has stayed for the longest time (13 years) in their pound-for-pound list.
Pacquiao, 35, has been in the pound-for-pound list of The Ring since 2001 (or 548 weeks), when he knocked out Lehlo Ledwaba of South Africa to win his first world title—International Boxing Federation super bantamweight belt.
The reigning World Boxing Organization welterweight titleholder won his last two fights, the first against Brandon Rios and second his rematch with American Timothy Bradley—both by unanimous decision. The two victories signaled the start of Pacquiao’s bid to regain dominance after suffering two straight losses, the first from his nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez and second against Bradley.
Pacquiao fight record shows 56 victories against six losses and two draws.
He is expected to fight on November 22 for his 65th professional fight.
In terms of length of stay in the list, Pacquiao beat present pound-for-pound king unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather Jr. (46-0 slate with 26 knockouts) who has been in the list for 141 weeks or No.4.
Second to Pacquiao is his Mexican archrival Marquez (56-7-1 record with 40 knockouts) with 373 weeks.
Heavyweight Ukrainian fighter Wladimir Klitschko is No.3 with 197 weeks while World Boxing Association Super middleweight champion Andre Ward is No.5 with 163 weeks. Timothy Bradley is No. 6 with only 94 weeks.
The other four boxers in the present pound-for-pound list are Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux, Carlf Froch, Roman Gonzales and Mexican Saul Canelo Alvarez.