Pound4poundireland’s September 23rd POUND FOR POUND top 10

1. Terence Crawford

2. Gennady Golovkin

3. Suriyan Sor Rungvisai

4. Vasyl Lomachenko

5. Keith Thurman

6. Mikey Garcia

7. Naoya Inoue

8. Juan Francisco Estrada

9. Jeff Horn

10. Saul Alvarez

  • Shock in the boxing world as consensus pound for pound #1 Andre Ward retires. This has been a transitional year of sorts for the sport with many big names bowing out.
  • Ward bows out with the trifecta: legacy, faculties and finances intact, and will surely enter the hall of fame in five years. He was the best boxer of his generation.
  • Crawford is the new #1 and it will make for great viewing to see him take on the likes of Thurman and Spence at 147 in the next few years.
  • Canelo enters at #10

Pound4poundireland’s September 12th POUND FOR POUND top 10

1. Andre Ward

2. Terence Crawford

3. Suriyan Sor Rungvisai

4. Gennady Golovkin

5. Vasyl Lomachenko

6. Keith Thurman

7. Mikey Garcia

8. Naoya Inoue

9. Juan Francisco Estrada

10. Jeff Horn

 

  • Rungvisai jumps one spot, proving his first win over Roman Gonzalez was no fluke with a frightening knockout.
  • The Roman empire has fallen. Gonzalez exits.
  • Estrada re-enters at #9, impressing in victory over Carlos Cuadras.
  • Rungvisai vs. Estrada, mandated to be next, should be an amazing fight.

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.