Andre Ward moves #5 in pound-for-pound rankings
By Scott Gilfoid: If you care about stuff like The Ring’s rankings then you might like this. WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Andre Ward (25-0, 13 KO’s) was moved up from the #9 position to #5 in The Ring’s pound-for-pound ratings. Personally, I see the rankings as a bunch of garbage since its put together by a small group. For it to have any real meaning it needs to be something voted on by the top boxing writers in the sport.
I know I don’t see Ward as #5. I have Ward at number #2, behind Floyd Mayweather Jr. at #1. Manny Pacquiao would be at #4 in my rankings because of all his catchweight fights and fights against guys that have taken real pounds shortly before he fought them. Just watching Pacquiao’s last fight against Juan Manuel Marquez, where Pacquiao got a gift decision, is enough for me to push him to the #4 sport in the pound for pound rankings.
The Ring has Ward at #1 for The Ring super middleweight ranking. I agree with that, but that’s a no brainer. Lucian Bute is at number #2, which I agree with since is a champion. But I think both Dirrell brothers – Andre and Anthony – are both better than Bute. But I can understand why Bute is still ranked highly by The Ring.
I think The Ring has it kind of together for their super middleweight regular rankings, although I think Froch should be at #4 behind Sakio Bika. I like Bika. I see him beating Froch if they were to ever fight. If you watched the Bika vs. Andre Ward fight you’ll have noticed that Bika did a lot better against Ward compared to Froch. Forget the terrible judges’ scores for the Froch vs. Ward fight. Bika did a lot better against Ward than Froch did.