BoxRec Places Bradley Above Pacquiao on the Pound-for-Pound List

Vitali SCorrespondent IJune 12, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 09:  Timothy Bradley celebrates with his belt after defeating Manny Pacquiao by split decision in their WBO welterweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 9, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Getty Images)
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According to BoxRec.com, on their main page towards the bottom of the screen, there is a list of the current top pound-for-pound boxers.Timothy Bradley’s win over Manny Pacquiao was solid enough to instantly skyrocket him to become the fourth top pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

The list of the top five pound-for-pound boxers is as follows: Floyd Mayweather Jr., Wladimir Klitschko, Vitali Klitschko, Timothy Bradley and lastly Manny Pacquiao. This list is not necessarily erroneous, but bumping Timothy Bradley up and ahead of Manny Pacquiao seems a bit too soon.

Not only is the unpopular victory being disputed and looked into, but being placed ahead of, let’s say, Juan Manuel Marquez is a little bit absurd at this point in time. I understand that having a victory over Pacquiao is not just something to be proud of; it’s groundbreaking in current boxing state of affairs.

Truthfully, I am in no way implying that a win over Manny Pacquiao doesn’t deserve a tremendous boost in rankings; it most definitely does, but in this case, not yet. Bradley is a great fighter with a champion’s heart, and is undefeated, but this win is yet to be solidified. If a rematch ever takes place and Bradley comes out victorious in a definitive fashion, then I will be more than agreeable with having his name right behind Floyd Mayweather Jr. on the pound-for-pound list.