Broner dropped from Ring’s pound-for-pound list
By Dan Ambrose: Adrien Broner (27-1, 22 KO’s) not only lost his WBA welterweight title last Saturday night in his beating by Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s), but he also lost his top 10 pound-for-pound rankings with Ring Magazine.
Broner had been at #9 in the rankings, but he’s no longer there. Broner’s been replaced by Saul “Canelo” Alvarez at #9 and Carl Froch at #10.
I’m not sure if Broner cares about the pound-for-pound ratings or not, but he should. A lot of boxing fans look at these ratings when evaluating fighters, and by Broner no longer being on the top 10 list, it definitely hurts his credibility with fans.
Ring Magazine’s current top 10 pound-for-pound list are as follows:
1. Floyd Mayweather Jr.
2. Andre Ward
3. Timothy Bradley
4. Wladimir Klitschko
5. Sergio Martinez
6. Juan Manuel Marquez
7. Manny Pacquiao
8. Guillermo Rigondeaux
9. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez
10. Carl Froch
At this point Broner has more things to worry about than just his pound-for-pound rankings. He’s got to worry about staying ranked in the top 15 in the welterweight division, because if he gets beaten in his next fight at 147, then he’ll surely slide down the rankings. I think Broner can survive 2 defeats and still remain ranked in the top 15, but if he gets beaten 3 times, I can see him being removed from all of the sanctioning bodies top 15 rankings.
Broner isn’t the type to take it easy and face weak opposition at 147, other than his fight with Paulie Malignaggi. Broner’s going to look to fight Marcos Maidana again rather than a soft job, and he’s going to probably lose to Maidana a second time. At that point it’s going to really do a number on Broner’s ranking and that’s where we’ll see him slide towards the bottom of the top 15 rankings.
Broner’s not worried those about his loss to Maidana. He said on his twitter “God don’t make mistakes. My comeback will be bigger than boxing itself.”
His next fight might be a big affair, but if he loses that one too, then what difference does it make that it’s a big fight? If he can’t win that fight then he’s fighting on borrowed time. Eventually, Broner won’t be a top contender at 147, and he’ll be forced to make a decision about whether to stay at 147 or move back down to 135 and fight once again in that weight class.