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.
— Carl Frampton MBE (@RealCFrampton) November 4, 2016
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