Monday 21st August 2017,
Sports Alchemist
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The Pound per Pound Debate

The recent retirement fiasco by Floyd Mayweather had the top pound per pound ranking in a vacuum. Manny Pacquiao followed with a convincing win against the durable former WBC light weight champion David Diaz. The natural heir to Floyd’s crown went to Pacquiao in a landslide but with the unbeaten super middle weight unified champion from whales Joe Calzaghe making his bid on Pacquiao’s spot boxing scribes are torn between both pugilists.
The debate continues
Joe Calzaghe is as durable thinking fighter. Although his recent fight with Bernard Hopkins is an overrated all hyped fight but still Joe escape with a split decision win. Having an unblemished record of 45-0 Calzaghe got prominent fights from Bernard Hopkins, Mike Kessler, Peter Manfredo and Jeff Lacy. If records are bases for being no.1 pound per pound king then Joe sits atop everyone on the rankings.
Having fought only once in his professional career outside Europe Joe has a lesser fan base compared to his compatriot Ricky Hatton. His style is not a crowd pleasing style and he slaps with his punches but nonetheless he is effective.
At age 36 Joe has only 2 fights remaining before hanging up his gloves. Although he won against a notable opponent in Hopkins but Hopkins is way past his prime a face off with Kelly Pavlik would have legitimize his hold on the top but he ought to fight the easier and sensible fight in Roy Jones Jr. although Jones is a tough cookie but he’s more like Hopkins in a way… Roy Jones has been the no.1 pound per pound king but that was ages ago. Joe has to build a legacy and a fight with Kelly Pavlik would have cemented his name on boxing’s hall of fame fighters.
Manny Pacquiao in his entire career have been fighting quality fighters. He fought hall of fame fighters in Barrera, Marquez and Morales the quality of opposition is far more different from Calzaghe. He’s transformation from a brawler to a boxer was evident on his last fight.
Joe Calzaghe deserves to be on the pound per pound ranking but Manny Pacquiao deserves to be where he is now… above everybody else…
Skills wise ill go for Joe but quality of opposition, Fan base and charisma Manny Pacquiao has it all. The pound per pound debate will continue…. What does it take to become the pound per pound king anyways? Records? Style? Nobody knows… we all have our own opinions… So who’s no.1? one thing for sure we the fight fans decide…

Jess Matthew Beltran

Jess has contributed a thousand plus articles to various international and local sports sites. He is still finishing up an e-book which talks about basketball and life. Message him at [email protected]

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Jess has contributed a thousand plus articles to various international and local sports sites. He is still finishing up an e-book which talks about basketball and life. Message him at [email protected]