Ring Magazine Rankings Updates: Analysis and Other Rambles

James FoleyCorrespondent IApril 19, 2011

You're next Floyd...that year of inactivity is creeping up
You're next Floyd...that year of inactivity is creeping upJed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

Ring's weekly ratings underwent some serious changes this week, as Juan Manuel Lopez was bounced from the Pound-for-Pound list and Victor Ortiz soared to the third welterweight spot, behind only Mayweather and Pacquiao.

Lopez was replaced by Andre Ward and Ortiz joined the welterweight rankings at the expense of Joshua Clottey (inactive for a year, a fate that will befall Floyd Mayweather in less than a month if he does not intend to fight).

Selcuk Aydin also earned a spot on the Welterweight Top 10 as Timothy Bradley, clearly fighting at 140 lbs in the present, was removed.

I take some issue with Andre Ward earning the spot on P4P ahead of Miguel Cotto, Bernard Hopkins and Yuriorkis Gamboa to name a few. If Ward sweeps the rest of the Super Six and takes out Lucian Bute, then clearly he deserves to be mentioned among the sport's best.

Right now, I still think he should be outside the top 10, but I find him no more undeserving than Timothy Bradley (who can also earn his spot with big fights ahead of him) or Pongsaklek Wonjongkam, whose quality of opponent has generally been awful the last few years, huge win over Koki Kameda notwithstanding.

By the same logic that Ring uses to deem Mosley their fourth best welterweight, I would think Cotto and Hopkins consistently taking on top-tier competition with good success would merit their inclusion on the P4P charts. I generally feel that guys like Bradley and Ward need about one or two more big wins to really earn it.

That's taking nothing away from them. You're splitting hairs debating between who's the eighth or 12th best boxer in the world, but I lean to the veterans.

A total farce was mercifully corrected in the Junior Welterweight ratings. A few months ago, Paul McCloskey had shadily slipped into the tenth spot in the divisional rankings, in what can only be explained as some type of rationale/justification for the completely overmatched Irish fighter earning a shot at top-ranked belt-holder Amir Khan.

If ever there was a case of Golden Boy's owning the Ring possibly influencing the rankings, but I hate to cry conspiracy here because I genuinely believe the Ring staff are unbiased, extremely competent and very meticulous in their system.

But there was never a moment in time, EVER, where Paul McCloskey should have been ranked ahead of Lucas Mathysse. Mathysse went toe-to-toe with much stiffer competition and boasted a lone defeat, a semi-controversial razor-thin split decision loss to Zab Judah.

McCloskey's clunker of a performance in a boring one-sided drubbing that made Bradley-Alexander seem exciting thankfully removes him from the roster. Juan Urango is also out after a year of inactivity.

Mathysse rightfully joins the group at ninth and very talented prospect Danny Garcia emerges in 10th. From first to 10th, this is probably the deepest division in the sport, and with guys like Juan Manuel Marquez and Robert Guerrero possibly coming up, the field at 140 will be positively loaded.

Other random news: Ring is reporting that GB wants to make Morales/Hatton (yes, the one and only RICKY!)

Last time I saw Hatton, he looked like he weighed about a hundred kilos. Not sure about this one—I would prefer to see Morales take what's left of his health (we know he still has skills, we also know he's taken a ton of punishment) and ride off into the sunset. If he does fight, I'd prefer it be Barrera; Erik can even the score there and it's a lot less risky than a Maidana rematch.

Regardless, Ricky Hatton vs. Erik Morales strikes me as a bit of a gimmick. I doubt it comes off, but interesting that it was even mentioned.