Following Andre Ward’s TKO victory over Sergey Kovalev last weekend, it’s a good time to update the pound-for-pound top 10. It’s worth noting, below Andre Ward in the top sport, there is more room for disagreement from 2-9 than there has been in a long time.
No. 1: Andre Ward His position here was tenuous following his hotly contested victory over Sergey Kovalev last November. By stopping the Russian in Round 8 last weekend, he has removed all room for debate.
No. 2: Manny Pacquiao I do not really believe Pacquiao is still the second best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. But his resume and his wins over Timothy Bradley and Jessie Vargas last year make him the best available candidate for this slot.
No. 3: Terence Crawford I really hope he fights Pacquiao later this year. If he does, I believe he will win.
No. 4: Gennady Golovkin I personally had him losing a very close fight to Daniel Jacobs, but will defer to the ringside judges’ decision. He will face Saul Alvarez in a super fight this September.
No. 5: Roman Gonzalez I hope Gonzalez rematches with Wisaksil Wangek later this year. The first bout was a war and the rematch should be at least as good. Even after taking his first loss, Gonzalez’s entire pound-for-pound resume needs to be respected.
No. 6: Sergey Kovalev Even with two straight losses to Ward, Kovalev has to be regarded as an elite fighter.
No. 7: Saul Alvarez He will finally take the test we have all been waiting for against Golovkin later this year.
No. 8: Vasyl Lomachenko He might end up being viewed as the greatest fighter of this era. It looks like he will have chance to avenge his loan loss to Orlando Salido later this year.
No. 9: Naoya Inoue Word is that the Japanese phenom will finally fight in the United States sometime this year. But the best fight out there for him might be against his countryman Shinsuke Yamanaka, the top fighter in the world at bantamweight.
No. 10: Mikey Garcia He has defeated big name fighters in three divisions. I expect him to add a fourth when he fights Adrien Broner later this year.