Boxing Rankings, March 2013: Peterson returns, Gradovich arrives, Broner strengthens position

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Lamont Peterson is back at 140, Evgeny Gradovich debuts at 126, and Adrien Broner has sent a message to everyone else at 135 ahead of this month's rankings.

Though February wasn't exactly bursting with notable fights, a few major things did happen that had some impact on this month's new rankings.

The rankings page is fully updated, with some junk you can read if you have time or whatever. It's not essential, by any means, but I felt like dicking around. I stopped at super bantamweight, because life's not fair. Sizeism!

The biggest change this month probably comes at junior welterweight, where Lamont Peterson is back, ranked No. 3, behind Danny Garcia and Lucas Matthysse. Peterson looked terrific against Kendall Holt, but the real test likely comes in May against Matthysse, which is a fantastic fight on paper.

In at featherweight is new IBF titlist Evgeny Gradovich, whose win over Billy Dib puts him into the 126 pound rankings at No. 6. Is Gradovich a fluke? A guy who lucked out to face a questionable champ? Or is he here to stay?

Not moving but solidifying his standing is Adrien Broner, our (and everyone's) top lightweight. After seeing him dismantle Antonio DeMarco and Gavin Rees (still fifth and sixth for us), is there really anyone at 135 who can challenge him?

Extra note: Manny Pacquiao has jumped above Timothy Bradley, so your long national nightmare is over. What happened is, I moved Guerrero over Bradley in my top ten, which didn't affect Guerrero's standing, but bumped Bradley down to the slot below Manny. Get the party started.

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