Nonito Donaire now No. 4 Boxer in the World, Pacquiao still No. 1
The Ring, called the "Bible of Boxing," has named 28-year-old Filipino-American boxer Nonito Donaire the No.4 Pound-for-Pound Boxer in the World after Shane Mosley was defeated by Floyd Mayweather during their match on May 1.
According to this week's Ring Ratings update, "Pacquiao (No. 1) and Mayweather (No. 2) retain their positions, while Mosley drops from No. 3 to No. 5. Mosley's demotion also moves up Nonito Donaire (No. 5 last week) to No. 4. "
Donaire was born in Talibon, raised in General Santos City, where he went to the same school as Manny Pacquiao. He moved to the US when he was 10. The current World Boxing Association interim World Super Flyweight champion, he is also the former IBF and IBO champion of the world.
Although The Ring still considers Pacquiao to be its No.1 fighter, editor-in-chief Nigel Collins says it's still debatable. he said, "The debate among members of THE RING's Ratings Advisory Panel concerning who should be No. 1 pound for pound was fairly evenly divided between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather...Manny and Floyd could very well be considered No. 1A and No. 1B. However, the tricky thing about the pound-for-pound ratings is that they are much more subjective than the divisional ratings, which are objective and based on results within the division.
"In the end, Pacquiao held onto the top spot due to his slightly better overall body of work and the difficulty involved in demoted a fighter coming off a virtual shutout performance such as Pacquiao's victory over Joshua Clottey."