Superfight as unlikely as ever

A Floyd Mayweather versus Manny Pacquiao superfight is as unlikely now as it was in 2009.


No question in boxing is asked more than "Will Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao ever fight each other?"

The truth is, the fighters are no closer to a deal now than in late 2009 when negotiators from both sides began discussing the bout that would pit the top two boxers in the world against each other.

One reason for the great interest is how rare it has been to make a fight between men who are far and away considered 1-2 in the pound-for-pound rankings.

It hasn't happened since Pernell Whitaker fought to a highly controversial draw with Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, on September 10, 1993. A 1997 fight between Whitaker and Oscar De La Hoya was marketed as a 1-2, but most rankings had light heavyweight Roy Jones Jr. as No. 1.

Prior to the Whitaker-Chavez bout, you'd have to go back to the great 1981 welterweight match between Sugar Ray Leonard and Thomas Hearns to get another consensus 1 vs. 2 match.

Mayweather has been 1 or 2 in the rankings almost every year since 1999, and Pacquiao has been at or near the top since 2006. But it wasn't until late 2009 that they were in the same division and a match between them became feasible.

With that considered, let's head to the newest rankings:

1. Floyd Mayweather Jr.

2. Manny Pacquiao

3. Sergio Martinez

4. Juan Manuel Marquez

5. Nonito Donaire Jr.

6. Andre Ward

7. Wladimir Klitschko

8. Timothy Bradley

9. Lucian Bute

10. Vitali Klitschko

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