As we head into a huge weekend for boxing with Mayweather vs Ortiz just five days away, there were a few small changes in the rankings thanks to this past weekend's action.
Tomasz Adamek drops back to No. 4 after his one-sided defeat at the hands of Vitali Klitschko, with David Haye reclaiming the No. 3 spot. I know a lot of people would argue against this because Adamek is better-liked and gave a braver effort than did Haye against a Klitschko, but I simply can't say I think Adamek would beat Haye, and more fan-friendly effort isn't how this works. If it was, for instance, Anslemo Moreno probably wouldn't be ranked at bantamweight, and Guillermo Rigondeaux wouldn't be ranked at super bantamweight.
Argenis Mendez (9 last week) and Juan Carlos Salgado (10) trade places. Salgado defeated Mendez via close decision on Saturday night in Mexico.
No change. Yuriorkis Gamboa remains No. 1 and Daniel Ponce de Leon stays at No. 6. It's not like anyone really thought Ponce de Leon was going to do better than he did on Saturday night, and I don't see how his stock was hurt in any way by dropping a technical decision to the best guy in the weight class in a fight where he was given no chance to win.
This Week's Ranked Fighters in Action
Junior Middleweight (09/17)
No. 6 Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (37-0-1, 27 KO) vs Alfonso Gomez (No. 9 Welterweight, 23-4-2, 12 KO)
No. 2 Victor Ortiz (29-2-2, 22 KO) vs Floyd Mayweather Jr (41-0, 25 KO)
Junior Welterweight (09/17)
No. 8 Erik Morales (51-7, 35 KO) vs Pablo Cesar Cano (22-0-1, 17 KO)
Junior Welterweight (09/18)
No. 10 Ashley Theophane (30-4-1, 8 KO) vs Aleksandrs Radjuks (2-5-2, 1 KO) (yes, really)
No. 7 Jhonny Gonzalez (49-7, 43 KO) vs Rogers Mtagwa (27-14-2, 19 KO)