RING MAGAZINE RELEASE NEW P4P LIST
By TOM WATT on 17 September 2015
Ring Magazine have today released their up-to-date P4P rankings in the wake of Floyd Mayweather’s final fight last weekend with Andre Berto – unsurprisingly Berto doesn’t feature but there has been plenty of backlash to the recent list with the most notable ommissions being Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez and former 140 lbs Champion, Danny Garcia. Below is the Ring magazine’s top 10.
The placement of Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez (43-0-0. 37 KOs) at the top spot will likely draw some raised eyebrows from the casual fan who may not have seen much of the young Nicaraguan but in recent years the hardcore Boxing fraternity have stood up and taken notice of his dominant displays and with 37 KOs from 43 wins he is certainly deserving of a top 10 placement.
Andre Ward has been named at number 2 – many will argue that a fighter as seemingly unbeatable as Ward (he has not been beaten as an amateur or pro since he was 13 years old) should be a shoe-in for the top 10 list. Personally I think Ring Magazine were overly generous in keeping Ward in the top 10 despite his almost incomparable inactivity. A comeback win earlier this year over multiple-time World Title Challenger, Paul Smith was an indication that the time out the ring has not diminished his invincibility but one fight in two years should not be enough to be included in this list.
The other fighter that may be trading on his name is Manny Pacquaio, the Filipino superstar has been one of the greatest fighters of the last decade but with 2 decisive losses in his previous 3 fights, he is not the force he once was and time may be up on his reign in the top 10. Should he come back and defeat Amir Khan and another top 10 fighter next year then I would have no issue with re-instating him to the list but for now he hasn’t got the form to be considered 8th in the World right now and the highest placed Welterweight, 2 above Britain’s Kell Brook.
I don’t have too much issue with the rest of the list and in anyone’s top 10 there is room for opinion and debate which is great and one of the things that makes Boxing such an intriguing sport. I would personally have included Canelo and Lomachenko myself, leaving both Ward and Pacquiao on the side-lines.
(Above) Canelo, Lomachenko and Danny Garcia all failed to make the Ring top 10
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