Down for the count? Manny Pacquiao's stunning KO loss drops him down pound-for-pound list

Kevin Iole
Yahoo! Sports

Manny Pacquiao once was a unanimous choice among voters in the Yahoo! Sports boxing poll as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. A year ago, an argument could be made that Pacquiao was no worse than the world's second-best fighter.

But after getting knocked out by archrival Juan Manuel Marquez on Dec. 8 in their fourth encounter, Pacquiao dropped down the ratings yet again.

For the first time in more than four years, Pacquiao did not receive a single first-place vote in the poll of boxing writers from around the world. He dropped to sixth, barely holding off heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko for that spot.

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Marquez used the momentum from his knockout win to vault into third place in the December ratings. Pacquiao and Marquez are likely to fight a fifth time in September, so Pacquiao doesn't figure to move from where he is until then, at least.

With that, here are the latest Yahoo! Sports boxing top 10 rankings:

1. Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Points: 286 (26 of 29 first-place votes)
Record: 43-0 (26 KOs)
Title: WBA super welterweight champion
Last outing: W12 over Miguel Cotto on May 5
Previous ranking: 1
Up next: Nothing scheduled

2. Andre Ward
Points: 248 (2 of 29 first-place votes)
Record: 26-0 (14 KOs)
Title: WBA, WBC super middleweight champion
Last outing: TKO 10 Chad Dawson on Sept. 8
Previous ranking: 2
Up next: Early 2013 vs. Kelly Pavlik

3. Juan Manuel Marquez
Record: 55-6-1 (40 KOs)
Title: None
Last outing: KO6 No. 6 Manny Pacquiao on Dec. 8
Previous ranking: 5
Up next: Nothing scheduled

4. Sergio Martinez
Points: 208 (1 of 29 first-place votes)
Record: 50-2-2 (28 KOs)
Title: WBC middleweight champion
Last outing: W12 Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on Sept. 15
Previous ranking: 4
Up next: Title defense April 27 against Martin Murray

5. Nonito Donaire Jr.
Points: 190
Record: 31-1 (20 KOs)
Title: WBO super bantamweight champion
Last outing: KO9 over Jorge Arce on Dec. 15
Previous ranking: 6
Up next: Nothing scheduled

6. Manny Pacquiao
Points: 115
Record: 54-5-2 (38 KOs)
Title: None
Last outing: L by KO6 to No. 3 Juan Manuel Marquez
Previous ranking: 3
Up next: Nothing scheduled

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7. Wladimir Klitschko
Points: 108
Record: 59-3 (51 KOs)
Title:IBF, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion
Last outing: W12 over Mariusz Wach on Nov. 10
Previous ranking: 7
Up next: Nothing scheduled

8. Timothy Bradley
Points: 64
Record: 29-0 (12 KOs)
Title: WBO welterweight champion
Last outing: W12 over No. 6 Manny Pacquiao on June 9
Previous ranking: 8
Up next: Nothing scheduled

9. Vitali Klitschko
Points: 47
Record: 45-2 (41 KOs)
Title: WBC heavyweight champion
Last outing: TKO 4 over Manuel Charr on Sept. 8
Previous ranking: 9
Up next: Nothing scheduled

10. Carl Froch
Points: 40
Record: 30-2 (22 KOs)
Title: IBF super middleweight champion
Last outing: TKO3 Yusef Mack on Nov. 17
Previous ranking: 10
Up next: Nothing scheduled

Others receiving votes: Abner Mares, 23; Adrien Broner, 19; Austin Trout, 9; Yuriorkis Gamboa, 6; Chris John, 5; Brian Viloria, 5; Roman Gonzalez, 3; Guillermo Rigondeaux, 3; Danny Garcia, 1; Robert Guerrero, 1.

Voting panel: Raul Alzaga, Primera Hoya; Ron Borges, Boston Herald; Damian Calhoun, Orange County Register; Brian Campbell,; Scott Christ, Bad Left; Steve Cofield, ESPN Radio 1100; Dave Cokin, ESPN Radio 1100; Jake Donovan,; Andrew Eisele,; Steve Farhood, Showtime; Thomas Gerbasi,; Carlos Gonzalez, Primera Hora; Randy Gordon, Sirius/XM; Lee Groves,; Rafael Hernandez Brito, Univision; Keith Idec, The Record; Kevin Iole, Yahoo! Sports; Max Kellerman, HBO Sports; Scott Mallon, Boxing Digest; Gunnar Meinhardt, Die Welt; Kieran Mulvaney, Reuters; Santos Perez, Miami Herald; Cliff Rold,; Michael Rosenthal, Ring Magazine; Lem Satterfield,; T.K. Stewart,; Dave Weinberg, Press of Atlantic City; George Willis, New York Post.

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