Manny Pacquiao's place as the world's #1 welterweight, boxing's pound-for-pound king and even his moral authority over Floyd Mayweather have all taken quite a beating during the last few months, with the end result that Pacman has slipped in the minds of fight fans (at least non-Filipino fight fans) to second place on all counts. Reasonable people have gone from thinking Mayweather was ducking Pacquiao to thinking the reverse, and the outrage over Mayweather's insistence that Pacquiao submit to steroid testing has all but disappeared. This sea change in boxing came about for no other reason than Bob Arum's flawed matchmaking strategy, and by extension, Manny Pacquiao's acceptance of it.
The Downward Slide for Pacquiao - The Timeline
Credit: Chris Farina - Top Rank
A quick review of the chain of events that undermined Pacquiao's stature is in order. The first link was Pacquiao's close and controversial Majority Decision win over Juan Manuel Marquez. Many experts th...