Manny Pacquiao’s shocking knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez sent tremors through the boxing world.
For the first time in a long time, Pacquiao fell out of the top five on many of the most prominent pound-for-pound rankings lists. The combination of him getting defeated by Timothy Bradley (albeit, in admittedly shady fashion) and a clear cut dismantling at the hands of Marquez resulted in a dramatic shift on one of the most prominent rankings systems around – Ring’s pound-for-pound chart.
According to RING, Floyd Mayweather is the No. 1 pound-for-pounder in the world. Andre Ward is right behind him at No. 2, and then Marquez climbed three spots to No. 3. Pacquiao, given everything that has transpired over the past year, has been dropped to No. 7 behind the likes of Sergio Martinez, Adrien Broner and Nonito Donaire.
While RING’s rankings are known to tilt towards Golden Boy fighters and their affiliates, it’s hard to really find much fault with anything on this list. Could you swap Ward and Marquez? Maybe. Is Broner too high? Possibly. But all in all, the list is solid.
Check out the full breakdown below.
1. Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (previously the No. 1 position was vacant; with No. 2 shared by Mayweather and Pacquiao. Obviously Pacquiao drops due to his KO loss
2. Andre Ward
3. Juan Manuel Marquez
4. Sergio Martinez
5. Adrien Broner
6. Nonito Donaire
7. Manny Pacquiao
8. Wladimir Klitschko
9. Timothy Bradley
10. Robert Guerrero