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Carl Frampton moves down in latest pound-for-pound rankings

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On Saturday night Manny Pacquiao returned from a short retirement to defeat champion Jessie Vargas and claim the WBO welterweight title. The future first-ballot Hall of Famer dropped his opponent in the second en-route to a points win

The victory also saw Pacquiao re-enter the pound-for-pound rankings with the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, the sport’s authoritative voice in terms of rankings. The board’s members installed the Pac-Man at #1 in the Welterweight division following his winning return and at #3 in the pound-for-pound ladder.

The new entry sees Belfast’s Carl Frampton, who entered the pound-for-pound ratings at #7 following his win over Leo Santa Cruz this Summer, bumped down one place to #8. Frampton remains the #1 ranked featherweight and would need to defeat the current #2, South African Simpiwe Vetyeka, to become champion.

The shift may further hasten Frampton’s plans to rename his beloved dog, following Pacquiao’s well-wishes for upcoming opponent Leo Santa Cruz last week.

The TBRB P4P Top Ten in full is as follows:
1. Roman Gonzalez
2. Sergey Kovalev
3. Manny Pacquiao
4. Terence Crawford
5. Gennady Golovkin
6. Andre Ward
7. Juan Francisco Estrada
8. Carl Frampton
9. Saul Alvarez
10. Shinsuke Yamanaka

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie