17 February 2009

Pacquiao Tops Yahoo!'s Boxers Poll

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Yahoo! Sports' announced last 12 February 2009 that they have chosen Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao as the world's top boxer in their unofficial boxing poll for the month.

With a perfect 300 points or 30 "first place" votes from 30 boxing writers worldwide, Pacquiao beat Juan Miguel Marquez who garnered 261 points, Israel Vasquez with 205 points, Bernard Hopkins with 175.5 points, and Shane Mosley with 131 points.

Pacquiao's next foe, Ricky Hatton, was nowhere in the list. Their match is scheduled on May 2 in Las Vegas.

Yahoo! Sport’s Kevin Iole posted in his article that the reason for Pacquiao's success is because his "overall game has improved dramatically in last two years." The four-title-holder Filipino boxing icon has only lost thrice in his 53 fights. Thirty-six out of his 48 victories were by way of knockout.

Due to Pacquiao’s votes, his promotional boxing outfit, Top Rank, headed by Bob Arum, was also chosen as the leading promoter, beating Oscar dela Hoya's Golden Boy promotions and Gary Shaw promotions.

Here are the Yahoo! Sports top 10 for February:
  1. Manny Pacquiao
    Points: 300 (30 of 30 first-place votes)
    Record: 48-3-2 (37 KOs)
    Title: WBC lightweight champion
    Last outing: TKO8 over Oscar De La Hoya on Dec. 6
    Previous ranking: 1
    Up next: May 2 in Las Vegas vs. Ricky Hatton for super lightweight title
    Analysis: Overall game has improved dramatically in last two years
  2. Juan Manuel Marquez
    Points: 261
    Record: 49-4-1 (35 KOs)
    Title: Ring lightweight champion
    Last outing: TKO11 over Joel Casamayor on Sept. 13
    Previous ranking: 3
    Up next: Feb. 28 in Houston vs. Juan Diaz
    Analysis: Desperate for another crack at Pacquiao
  3. Israel Vazquez
    Points: 205
    Record: 43-4 (31 KOs)
    Title: WBC and Ring super bantamweight champion
    Last outing: W12 over No. 7 Rafael Marquez on March 1
    Previous ranking: 4
    Up next: TBA
    Analysis: Hopeful he can return to action from eye surgery by June
  4. Bernard Hopkins
    Points: 197 ½
    Record: 49-5 (32 KOs)
    Title: None
    Last outing: W12 over Kelly Pavlik on Oct. 18
    Previous ranking: 5
    Up next: TBA
    Analysis: Joe Calzaghe’s retirement makes Hopkins’ more likely
  5. Shane Mosley
    Points: 131
    Record: 46-5 (39 KOs)
    Title: WBA welterweight champion
    Last outing: TKO9 over Antonio Margarito on Jan. 24
    Previous ranking: NR
    Up next: TBA
    Analysis: Looked like the Mosley of 2000 in dominating victory
  6. Rafael Marquez
    Points: 123
    Record: 37-5 (33 KOs)
    Title: None
    Last outing: L12 to No. 4 Israel Vazquez on March 1
    Previous ranking: 7
    Up next: TBA
    Analysis: Hasn’t won in nearly two years, but still moves up in rankings
  7. Paul Williams
    Points: 108
    Record: 36-1 (27 KOs)
    Title: Interim WBO junior middleweight champion
    Last outing: TKO8 over Verno Phillips on Nov. 29
    Previous ranking: 8
    Up next: April 11 in Las Vegas vs. Winky Wright
    Analysis: Is fighting at middleweight but considers himself a welterweight
  8. Miguel Cotto
    Points: 84
    Record: 32-1 (26 KOs)
    Title: None
    Last outing: TKO by 11 to Antonio Margarito on July 26
    Previous ranking: 9
    Up next: Feb. 21 in New York against Michael Jennings
    Analysis: Legitimacy of only loss now in question after Margarito hand wrap controversy
  9. Ivan Calderon
    Points: 60
    Record: 32-0 (6 KOs)
    Title: WBO light flyweight champion
    Last outing: TD7 over Hugo Cazares on Aug. 30
    Previous ranking: 10
    Up next: TBA
    Analysis: Quickest fighter in lower weights
  10. Vic Darchinyan
    Points: 52
    Record: 32-1-1 (26 KOs)
    Title: WBA, WBC, IBF super flyweight champion
    Last outing: TKO11 over Jorge Arce on Feb. 7
    Previous ranking: NR
    Up next: TBA
    Analysis: Powerful southpaw hoping to hold titles in three weight classes in 2009
Others receiving votes: Chad Dawson 32 ½; Antonio Margarito 17; Chris John 15; Mikkel Kessler 9; Juan Manuel Lopez 8; Arthur Abraham 6; Nonito Donaire 5; Kelly Pavlik 5; Ricky Hatton 4; Wladimir Klitschko 4; David Haye 2; Fernando Montiel 2; Celestino Caballero 1.