Pound4poundireland’s July 4th POUND FOR POUND top 10

1. Andre Ward

2. Terence Crawford

3. Gennady Golovkin

4. Suriyan Sor Rungvisai

5. Roman Gonzalez

6. Vasyl Lomachenko

7. Keith Thurman

8. Naoya Inoue

9. Jeff Horn

10. Sergey Kovalev

 

* The Pacquiao era is over, falling at the hands of previously unknown Jeff Horn, whose inspired performance sees him enter at #9, as #3 Pacquiao exits, probably for good

 

* I’m sure he’ll box on, but as a faded force, so thank you Manny Pacquiao for one of the greatest boxing careers of the modern era. Privileged to say I saw a prime Pacquiao fight live in 2010.

Pound4poundireland’s May 28th POUND FOR POUND top 10

1. Andre Ward

2. Terence Crawford

3. Manny Pacquiao

4. Sergey Kovalev

5. Gennady Golovkin

6. Suriyan Sor Rungvisai

7. Roman Gonzalez

8. Vasyl Lomachenko

9. Keith Thurman

10. Naoya Inoue

  • Belated update sees Terence Crawford jump two spots after his latest complete boxing display taking apart former Olympic champion Felix Diaz. His biggest challenges await at 147 and the sooner we see him there, the better.

Pound4poundireland’s March 22nd POUND FOR POUND top 10

1. Andre Ward

2. Manny Pacquiao

3. Sergey Kovalev

4. Terence Crawford

5. Gennady Golovkin

6. Suriyan Sor Rungvisai

7. Roman Gonzalez

8. Vasyl Lomachenko

9. Keith Thurman

10. Naoya Inoue

  • Rungvisai enters at #6 after a shock win over former #1 Roman Gonzalez, who slips to 7th, after a valiant effort in narrow defeat.
  • Golovkin sees himself bumped to #5 as a result, but his disputed win over Danny Jacobs isn’t enough to see him rise any higher.
  • Canelo Alvarez exits for now.

Pound4poundireland’s January 29th POUND FOR POUND top 10

1. Andre Ward

2. Roman Gonzalez

3. Manny Pacquiao

4. Sergey Kovalev

5. Terence Crawford

6. Gennady Golovkin

7. Vasyl Lomachenko

8. Naoya Inoue

9. Saul Alvarez

10. Mikey Garcia

  • Garcia enters at #10 after impressing in his first real fight in 3 years, demolishing the solid Dejan Zlaticanin. The former heir apparent to the top spot in American boxing is back on track.
  • Rigondeaux exits for now, without having faced a top ten opponent in almost 4 years. At least he gets a chance to address that in a few weeks against mandatory Moises Flores but it’s guesswork as to how much this great pure boxer has left.

Pound4poundireland’s 2016 Year-End POUND FOR POUND top 10

1. Andre Ward

2. Roman Gonzalez

3. Manny Pacquiao

4. Sergey Kovalev

5. Terence Crawford

6. Gennady Golovkin

7. Vasyl Lomachenko

8. Naoya Inoue

9. Saul Alvarez

10. Guillermo Rigondeaux

 

  • Naoya Inoue re-enters at #8 after demolishing veteran Kohei Kono. Let’s hope a lower weight super fight can be made between him and Roman Gonzalez in 2017.
  • Juan Francisco Estrada exits. Long-desired fights with Gonzalez (a rematch) or Inoue are his route back to noteworthiness.

Pound4poundireland’s November 28th POUND FOR POUND top 10

1. Andre Ward

2. Roman Gonzalez

3. Manny Pacquiao

4. Sergey Kovalev

5. Terence Crawford

6. Gennady Golovkin

7. Vasyl Lomachenko

8. Saul Alvarez

9. Guillermo Rigondeaux

10. Juan Francisco Estrada

  • Lomachenko enters at #7 after a very impressive, if somewhat boring, schooling of a reluctant, but unbeaten & until-now highly regarded, Nicholas Walters.
  • Despite a loss to Orlando Salido (and that’s a rematch I still want to see), it’s hard to see anyone in Lomachenko’s weight range who can now beat him.
  • Naoya Inoue exits for now.

 

Pound4poundireland’s November 20th POUND FOR POUND top 10

1. Andre Ward

2. Roman Gonzalez

3. Manny Pacquiao

4. Sergey Kovalev

5. Terence Crawford

6. Gennady Golovkin

7. Saul Alvarez

8. Guillermo Rigondeaux

9. Juan Francisco Estrada

10. Naoya Inoue

  • There’s a new number one in town, as Andre Ward overcomes an early knockdown to box his way back into the fight & earn the closest of unanimous decisions. He bumps Gonzalez from the top spot.
  • The result was contentious, many believing Kovalev had won. He also earns a bump over Crawford in the ratings for a career best display, proving the Chilemba fight was an abberation and his punch isn’t the only elite attribute he possesses.
  • Let’s hope there’s a rematch.

Pound4poundireland’s November 7th POUND FOR POUND top 10

1. Roman Gonzalez

2. Manny Pacquiao

3. Terence Crawford

4. Sergey Kovalev

5. Gennady Golovkin

6. Saul Alvarez

7. Guillermo Rigondeaux

8. Juan Francisco Estrada

9. Andre Ward

10. Naoya Inoue

  • Pacquiao returns to the top ten, after ending his faux retirement with a comfortable win over Jessie Vargas.
  • He’s not what he once was, but wins over Bradley & Vargas this year demonstrate that he’s still among the very best.
  • Carl Frampton exits as a result.