THE RING’s divisional ratings are compiled by the magazine’s Editorial Board with the participation of the Rating’s Panel of boxing journalists from around the world. To see the complete list of our panelists, click here and scroll to teh bottom of the page.
Chuck Giampa was appointed Chairman of The Ring Ratings Committee in October, 2012.
Due to the recent activity among elite fighters in the past few months, here is Giampa’s updated Pound-for-Pound Top 10 list (Editor’s Note: the mythical pound-for-pound rankings are not compiled with input from the Ratings Panel as the divisional ratings are):
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 (THE RING’s super middleweight champ was previously was listed as No. 3 behind the tied Mayweather and Pacquiao)
3. Juan Manuel Marquez (Marquez was previously listed at No. 6, but has now jumped to No. 3 due to his devastating knockout performance)
4. Sergio Martinez (THE RING’s middleweight champ was previously listed at No. 4 and remains so)
5. Adrien Broner (A new addition to this list, Broner scored a one-sided eighth-round TKO over THE RING’s previously No. 1-rated lightweight, Antonio DeMarco, last month. He held a major title at 130 pounds and is undefeated with 15 of his last 16 fights coming by way of either KO, TKO or retirement by opponent)
6. Nonito Donaire (THE RING’s junior featherweight champ was previously rated No. 5 and is now No. 6 due to Marquez moving up in the ratings and the addition of Broner)
7. Manny Pacquiao (The eight-division titleholder previously shared the No. 2 position with Mayweather, but due to his loss to Timothy Bradley and devastating KO to Marquez, he has dropped No. 7)
8. Wladimir Klitschko (THE RING’s heavyweight champ was previously rated No. 7. Klitschko continues to win but the heavyweight division is lacking top contenders and prospects)
9. Timothy Bradley (The undefeated two-division titleholder was previously rated No. 8 and still deserves to be in the top 10)
10. Robert Guerrero (A new addition, the top welterweight contender, who recently beat two-time titleholder Andre Berto, has successfully campaigned in five weight classes and has only lost once, by a very close split decision to current beltholder Gamaliel Diaz in 2005, which he avenged by KO)
The divisional ratings:
Heavyweight: Good win for Bryant Jennings. Bowie Tupou had him hurt early before Jennings scored a terrific TKO in the 5th round. However, the undefeated Philadelphian is still very much a prospect. No changes in the rankings.
Cruiserweight: No changes
Light Heavyweight: Mikkel Kessler moved back down to super middleweight, where he scored a third-round stoppage of Brian Magee on Satruday. Eduard Gutkanecht enters at No. 10.
Super Middleweight: Mikkel Kessler is #2. Andre Dirrell is dropped although he is talented, he has not been active enough. With Kessler as #2, everyone else drops down one spot with the elimination of Dirrell.
Middleweight: Nice return for Darren Barker but no ranking for him yet. No changes in the rankings.
Jr. Middleweight: No changes
Welterweight: Marquez crashes the rankings with the shocking way he beat Pacquiao by KO. Rankings are:
1. Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
2. Juan Manuel Marquez
3. Robert Guerrero
4. Manny Pacquiao
5. Kell Brook
6. Paulie Malignaggi
7. Jan Zaveck
8. Timothy Bradley
9. Victor Ortiz
10. Devon Alexander
Jr. Welterweight: Marquez is still rated No. 4, though this could change depending on what weight class the future hall of famer decides to fight in his next bout.
Lightweight: Raymundo Beltran, who outpointed Ji-Hoon Kim last Thursday, moves up to No. 9. John Murray, who hasn’t fought since losing to Brandon Rios last December, drops to No. 10.
Jr. Lightweight: Yuriorkis Gamboa, who returned to the ring on Saturday with a unanimous decision over Michael Farenas after 15 months of inactivity, moves to No. 4. Jorge Solis, who hasn’t fought since being brutally KO’d by Takashi Uchiyama last December, is dropped. Rankings are:
2. Juan Carlos Salgado
3. Roman Martinez
5. Diego Magdaleno
6. Argenis Mendez
7. Juan Carlos Burgos
8. Javier Fortuna
9. Gamaliel Diaz
10. Takahiro Ao
Featherweight: Nos. 1 through 8 remain the same.
No. 9. Daud Yordan
No. 10. Nicolas Walters
(Hozumi Hasegawa, who says he is returning to the 122-pound division, is dropped from featherweight rankings)
No changes in the other divisions.
Chuck Giampa can be contacted at email@example.com