Updates, 15 April 2014: ***American Jr. Welterweight Jesse Vargas defeats Russian Khabib Allakhverdiev in a close one and makes a well-earned entry into the top ten. We decided not to activate the robbery clause because the decision, though disputed in some quarters, was not egregious. Most agree it was a close fight and the standard allowing the Board to declare an official decision a “robbery” is necessarily high.
The story this week is Manny Pacquiao. He rises in our P4P List and fights his way back into a pristine position beneath the top Welterweight in the world. The throne is vacant. It should not remain so.
Attention Floyd Mayweather Jr.: Manny Pacquiao has just defeated the number-two ranked welterweight in the world in Tim Bradley. He has thus seized that ranking. You’re ranked first. Since you retired early in 2009, the division’s throne has been vacant and will remain so until the first-ranked contender fights the second-ranked contender. Silence your growing army of critics and fight Pacquiao. Satisfy those who have filled your pockets and fight the only rival you have left. The true welterweight throne is within your reach.
The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board joins clear-thinking boxing media figures and fans in pushing for the most important match-up of the last decade. There is no need for Pacquiao-Bradley III and everyone knows it. Mayweather has no cause to fight anyone else after Marcos Maidana unless he wants to be remembered as “The Best [Cherry Picker] Ever.”
Both promoters and camps need to stop the baby games and the petty politics. If Mayweather-Pacquiao does not happen, history will not be forgiving to those responsible. We’ll make sure of that.***
The Champions as recognised by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board:
|Division||Name||Record - W-L-D (KO)||Nationality|
|Heavyweight||Wladimir Klitschko||61-3-0 (51)||UKR|
|Light Heavyweight||Adonis Stevenson||21-1-0 (18)||HAI|
|Super Middleweight||Andre Ward||27-0-0 (14)||USA|
|Middleweight||Sergio Martinez||50-2-2 (28)||ARG|
|Junior Middleweight||Floyd Mayweather, Jr.||45-0-0 (26)||USA|
|Junior Welterweight||Danny Garcia||27-0-0 (16)||USA|
|Junior Featherweight||Guillermo Rigondeaux||12-0-0 (8)||CUB|
|Flyweight||Akira Yaegashi||17-3-0 (9)||JPN|
For detailed rankings please click here.
OUR MISSION: The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board was formed in October 2012 as a not-for-profit initiative to provide boxing with authoritative top-ten rankings, identify the singular world champion of every division by strict reasoning and common sense, and to insist on the sport’s reform. Board membership includes over thirty respected boxing journalists and record keepers from around the world who are uncompromised by so-called sanctioning bodies and promoters.