The Heavyweight Division has always been the Engine-The driving force behind the Sport of Boxing. There’s nothing like watching two Skilled giant men trade monster punches. This generation though knows the Welterweights as the cash cow. Not only does the Welterweight Division continue to be the deepest in terms of talent but in recent years they have bought Mega-Fights with boxers like Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto, Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley and many many more legendary Greats.
Here are the rankings after Pacquiao’s return to the United States to beat AB and Keith Thurman finally getting back in the Ring and narrowly getting by a game Josesito Lopez at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn this past Saturday.
1. Errol Spence Junior
2. Terence Crawford
3. Floyd Mayweather Jr. (if he returns)
4. Manny Pacquiao
5. Shawn Porter (reinvented his career)
6. Radzhab Butaev
7. Danny Garcia
8. Keith Thurman
9. Jessie Vargas
10. Thomas Dulorme
11. Josesito Lopez
12. Kerman Lejarraga
13. Egidijus Kavaliauskas
14. Kell Brook
15. Alexander Besputin
Adrian Broner just missed the top 15, he is ranked currently #16.
Amir Khan is out of the top 50, The only thing that’s keeping him relevant is his name recognition and boxing media constantly publishing his rhetoric.
Note: As reported in the summer of 2018, Terence Crawford is in a bad spot do to the politics of boxing. All the upper tier Welterweights with name recognition are over at PBC with Al Haymon and are doing a round robin with each other, leaving Crawford & Top Rank out in the cold. Crawford is forced to stay busy with second tier guys such as Luis Collazo & washed up guys with name recognition like Amir Khan.
Photos courtesy of Stephanie Trapp, Andy Samuelson and PBC.