The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board: May 2 Will Crown Welterweight King and May Launch Pac Into Boxing History

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The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, an independent, international, noncommercial rankings organization, announces that the winner of the Floyd Mayweather Jr.–Manny Pacquiao fight on May 2 will be crowned the true welterweight champion of the world.

The 44-member board, representing 16 countries and five continents, does not acknowledge the various belts passed off as “world championships” and therefore does not acknowledge “unification” as anything more than hype. Its charter identifies the true divisional champions as those who defeat their rightful predecessor and holds that the first two ranked contenders alone can contest a vacant divisional throne.

Mayweather has been ranked #1 at welterweight since the board’s inaugural rankings were published in October 2012.

Pacquiao has been ranked #2 since defeating Timothy Bradley in April 2014.

The welterweight throne has been vacant since Mayweather retired in June 2008. Despite his subsequent and very successful return to the ring, the first two contenders have opted to fight lower-ranked opponents for belts instead of each other for the throne.

May 2 is thus expected to bring much-needed clarity to the division and to boxing itself.

Mayweather-Pacquiao, besides being a boon to boxing purists, also carries unprecedented historical gravitas.

The board’s boxing historians agree that no more than two fighters have emerged as genuine four-division champions since the Marquis of Queensberry rules ushered in the gloved era over a century ago.

Those two fighters are Mayweather and Pacquiao.

Mayweather won divisional crowns at Jr. lightweight (1998), lightweight (2002), welterweight (2006), and Jr. middleweight (2013); while Pacquiao’s four crowns were won at flyweight (1998), featherweight (2003), Jr. lightweight (2008), and Jr. welterweight (2009).

The board’s boxing historians also agree that if Pacquiao wins on May 2, he will become the first five-division champion in the record books.

Given that the welterweight division is one of the original eight, or “glamour” divisions, a Pacquiao win would also see him join a very exclusive club of triple champions. That club currently has two members.

The first is New Zealand’s Bob Fitzsimmons, who took the middleweight, light heavyweight, and heavyweight crowns between 1891 and 1903. Fitzsimmons was followed by American Henry Armstrong, who successfully stormed the featherweight, lightweight, and welterweight divisions in seven months between 1937 and 1938 and held all three simultaneously for exactly twenty-eight days.

If the Filipino ends the undefeated run of Mayweather to add the welterweight crown to his flyweight and featherweight crowns, he will join Fitzsimmons and Armstrong to become only the third undisputable triple glamour-division champion in boxing history.

For more information about the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, please visit us at and on twitter @TBRBoard.

6 thoughts on “The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board: May 2 Will Crown Welterweight King and May Launch Pac Into Boxing History

  1. Bravo, good work by you Transnationalists.

    It’s time to delegitimize the alphabet orgs with their mishandling of matchmaking and rankings.

    • Absolutely, happy to be part of the TBRB and enjoy debating the rankings weekly. Actually, I may be discontinuing my own rankings on this site in the near future to put the focus solely on those of the TBRB

      • You will have caught the news that FNF is done, absorbed by Haymon’s PBC. Thoughts?

        Mine: good that Teddy will still be around, at least while Haymon can put up with him. But nobody who knows and values Atlas imagines him for a moment as a hired mouth. He’s hardly about to start talking up the stable. What will Haymon say when, in the midst of broadcasting his multimillion dollar buy, Teddy chimes in with his usual disparaging of a lackluster matchup? Or when Teddy criticizes “boxing,” but Haymon thinks, “You asshole, I’m paying your salary!”

        To round this out a bit, FNF’s roster sucked more often than not. (I watched it in spite of the caliber of fighting, but sometimes this was too abysmal not to turn the channel.) So perhaps things will look up in this department. Perhaps.

      • Of course, I’m sad that FNF is gone but pleased that the fights will be of much higher calibre and will air to a bigger audience on ESPN’s main channel.

        What will happen to boxing on ESPN, and on other more widely available networks, once the time-buy thread financed by Haymon’s venture capital runs out in a few years is anybody’s guess.

        Another factor to consider is that Haymon’s time-buys are resulting in a scorched earth scenario. Small time promoters that relied on FNF license fees to survive and get air time are now screwed. Also, to paraphrase something Kathy Duva recently said, boxing is now considered a time-buy business by most network heads: if you expect us to show boxing in the future, we’re not going to pay you a license fee — just the opposite, you have to pay us.

        It will indeed be very interesting to keep tabs on Teddy’s take on everything as it progresses. It’s good to see some distance between the commentators and the product (I say this well aware of the irony, since obviously ESPN, and maybe now Haymon’s money, pays their wage, though thankfully I dont expect that to make Teddy hold his tongue), unlike the hired stooges Haymon has engineered to host his NBC broadcasts for example.

  2. I like your take on things, and not for the first time, haha.

    Duva is someone in the biz I respect, based on the little I know of her. If she sees the balance of power tilting so precipitously, then it can’t be good. It hardly needs saying TV money has twisted every major US sport beyond recognition; boxing’s only defense may be that it is already entirely corrupt.

    It’s indeed a pity the small-timers are being squeezed. For all the forgettable boxing on FNF over the years, it was also the place we saw Ward, Gatti and fringe talents like the contortionist-meets-disco-dancer Emmanuel Augustus.

    I feel no small debt of gratitude to FNF. It as much as HBO reignited my interest in boxing after a very long layoff. In both cases it was through the insightful broadcasting; a cut well above that of any US televised sport, where any word longer than “and” or “the” is disdained. As long as Teddy is allowed to rant, erupt, question and scoff, I’ll be contented.

    Keith Thurman’s Pacquiao impression:

    • I like Duva too, but it must be noted that she has an enmity with Haymon stemming from his role in kiboshing the Kovalev-Stevenson fight. She amusingly and accurately labelled him an “obstructionist”.

      Lol @ Thurman’s impression of Pacquiao. I also recommend checking out Donaire’s impressions of various fighters –

      That reminds me, the ease with which faded veteran Alfonso Gomez outboxed Kamegai, who gave Guerrero hell, the other day is evidence, in my view, of how close to shot the 2015 version of Guerrero is.

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