Many RING-rated fighters were in action over the past two weeks but nobody made a statement as big as Manny Pacquiao, who soundly defeated Tim Bradley to regain the WBO welterweight title and climb in the magazine’s pound-for-pound and 147-pound rankings.
Pound For Pound: Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 knockouts) winning a unanimous decision over Bradley (31-1, 12 KOs) caused some movement in THE RING’s “mythical rankings.” Wladimir Klitschko (61-3, 51 KOs) moves up to No. 3 (the spot previously held by Bradley); Pacquiao, who was rated No. 7 going into the rematch, moves up to No. 4; Bradley drops to No. 5; Juan Manuel Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KOs) remains at No. 6; Sergio Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KOs) drops to No. 7; Nos. 8-10 remain the same.
Heavyweight: No. 2-rated Kubrat Pulev (20-0, 11 KOs) forced unrated Ivica Perkovic to retire at the end of the third round. No change in the rankings.
Cruiserweight: No. 9-rated Mateusz Masternak (32-1, 23 KOs) won a decision over unrated Stjepan Vugdelija. No change.
Light heavyweight: No. 5-rated Juergen Braehmer (43-2, 32 KOs) stopped Enzo Maccarinelli after the fifth.
Middleweight: No. 7-rated Marco Antonio Rubio (59-6-1, 20 KOs) stopped unrated Domenico Spada. Rubio will switch spots with No. 6-rated Martin Murray (26-1-1, 11 KOs) due to Murray’s inactivity. No. 8-rated Curtis Stevens (27-4, 20 KOs) scored a come-from-behind stoppage over previously unbeaten Tureano Johnson. Stevens will drop to No. 9 and Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (29-1-0, 18 KOs) will move up No. 8.
Welterweight: Pacquiao moves up to No. 1; Bradley drops to No. 2; Marquez drops to No. 3; all others remain the same.
Junior welterweight: Jessie Vargas (24-0, 9 KOs) outpointed No. 7-rated Khabib Allakhverdiev (19-1, 9 KOs), winning a 12-round decision. Vargas now moves into the ratings at No. 8; Allakhverdiev drops to No. 9; and Viktor Postol (25-0, 10 KOs) drops to No. 10. Selcuk Aydin drops from the ratings.
Lightweight: No. 4-rated Raymundo Beltran (29-6-1, 17 KOs) won a 12-round unanimous decision over late-sub Arash Usmanee. No change.
Junior featherweight: No. 2-rated Carl Frampton (18-0, 13 KOs) scored a second-round KO over Hugo Fidel Cazares. No change
Junior bantamweight: No. 3-rated Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (27-3-1, 25 KOs) stayed active with a fourth round stoppage over Ngaotawan Sithsaithong. No change.
Flyweight: RING champion Akira Yaegashi (20-3, 10 KOs) scored a ninth-round stoppage over unrated Odilon Zaleta to retain his title. No. 1-rated Roman Gonzalez (39-0, 33 KOs) scored a third-round TKO over unrated Juan Purisima. Takuma Inoue (2-0) won a unanimous decision over No. 10-rated Fahlan Sakkreerin (23-3, 15 KOs), who will drop from the ratings and be replaced by Inoue at No. 10.
Junior flyweight: No. 4-rated Adrian Hernandez (29-3-1, 18 KOs) was stopped in the sixth round by No. 9-rated Naoya Inoue (6-0, 5 KOs), who won the WBC title in his sixth pro fight. Inoue jumps to No. 5; Johnriel Casimero (19-2, 11 KOs) moves up from No. 5 to No. 4. Hernandez will drop to No. 6.
Chuck Giampa is the Chairman of THE RING Ratings Committee. He can be emailed at [email protected]