Opening Round Pound-for-Pound Rankings
October 28, 2016
Here are the OpeningRound Pound-for-Pound rankings. These will be updated monthly or so. Be sure to check back to see where your favorite fighter ranks. Click on an a boxer’s name to see his profile, which includes a bio, stats, social media info, and more. The number beside their name indicates their previous ranking These are obviously pretty subjective and are up for debate, so let us know what you think!
- Roman Gonzalez (1)
- Gennady Golovkin (2)
- Andre Ward (4)
- Sergey Kovalev (3)
- Vasyl Lomachenko (6)
- Terrence Crawford (5)
- Guillermo Rigondeaux (7)
- Manny Pacquiao (8)
- Keith Thurman (9)
- Mikey Garcia (unranked)
2/1/2017 Update- With a big weekend of boxing where Leo Santa Cruz avenged his loss to Carl Frampton and Mikey Garcia KO’d Dejan Zlaticanin in devastating fashion in the books, a P4P rank shakeup was certainly in order. Carl Frampton dropped off with his loss, and I felt that Mikey Garcia looked so good that he deserved the #10 ranking over Leo Santa Cruz.
11/27/2016 Update – Four of the top 10 P4P fighters were active in November! So there was a little bit of movement this month. I put Ward over Kovalev due to him winning their fight (although I think Kovalev should have gotten the decision). I wasn’t impressed enough by him to put him above Golovkin, and especially not above Gonzalez, which some boxing writers have done.
I’ll be honest, I was tempted to put Lomachenko a lot higher than #5. However I would like to see him build his resume a bit more before putting him over guys like Ward and Kovalev. But I did feel comfortable putting him above Terrence Crawford. His domination against Walters was so complete that you had to wonder if Walters was at the top of his game. I think he probably was at least close to it (despite him making the excuse that he was rusty from a long layoff), but I’m not quite brave enough to put Lomachenko above those veteran guys. Maybe after the next fight though, who knows!
Pacquiao fought also, but he did about exactly as well as I expected he would, so nothing needed to be changed there.