Wednesday, November 30, 2011

November 2011 SNB Rankings Update

The most significant fight of November was the third match between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez. The decision ended controversially with Pacquiao winning by majority decision. Despite Pacquiao's status as an overwhelming favorite entering the fight, his contested win does not change his status as an SNB Elite Fighter. For Marquez, his excellent showing (even with the loss) is more than enough to maintain his elite position in the SNB Rankings. In addition, Adrien Broner reappears in the SNB Rankings after strong performances in his last two fights.

Sustained: Manny Pacquiao  Pacquiao's performance against Marquez was not one of dominance, but one of competence. He was aggressive and active enough to win a majority of rounds from two judges. Although the decision was controversial, it was not unjust. Credit should be given to Marquez for Pacquiao's frustrations; remember, Marquez entered the fight in many top-5 pound-for-pound lists as well. Pacquiao retains his status as an SNB Elite Fighter.

Sustained: Juan Manuel Marquez All losses are not created equally. Marquez has yet to beat Manny Pacquiao, yet most boxing observers believe he has won at least one, if not two of their three fights. Marquez's game plan, defense and counterpunching were sensational in the third fight. At 38, Marquez is still one of the top boxers in the sport.  He remains an SNB Elite Fighter.

Elevated: Adrien Broner Earlier in the year, Broner was removed from the SNB Rankings because of his lackluster performance against Daniel Ponce de Leon. He won the fight, but many thought he received a gift decision. In hindsight, perhaps the rising prospect was overmatched at that point in his career. Since that fight, Broner has rebounded with two resounding victories over Jason Litzau and Martin Rodriguez, scoring sensational knockouts in each fight. Broner, now a junior lightweight titleholder, moves back into the SNB Rankings on the Bubbling Under list.

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