I want to talk about RingTV's P4P rankings and ESPN's.
RingTV (4/22/13) & ESPN (5/7/13)
ESPN's rankings will be in parentheses
- Floyd Mayweather Jr. (Floyd Mayweather Jr.)
- Andre Ward (Andre Ward)
- Juan Manuel Marquez (Juan Manuel Marquez)
- Sergio Martinez (Manny Pacquiao)
- Adrien Broner (Sergio Martinez)
- Manny Pacquiao (Guillermo Rigondeaux)
- Wladimir Klitschko (Wladimir Klitschko)
- Robert Guerrero (Nonito Donaire)
- Timothy Bradley (Timothy Bradley)
- Nonito Donaire (Abner Mares)
The top 3 are the same so I want to focus on 4 through 10.
#4 Manny or Sergio? I can see why ESPN placed Manny at number 4 after Sergio's less than stellar performance against Murray. Since the Sergio fight happened after RingTV's current ranking they might drop Sergio to #5 as well.
#5 Broner or Sergio? I'm going to have to side with ESPN on this one. Even though Broner is impressive and has talent that is undeniable, I believe Sergio has done more to earn the #5 spot than Broner. There are certain people I want to see Broner beat before I put him anywhere near the top 5 P4P list.
#6 Manny vs Rigondeaux? Since I place Manny higher than #6 ESPN giving Rigondeux the #6 spot is not a bad thing. But then it begs the question of whether or not he should be ranked higher than Wladimir?
#7 They both agree on this one.
#8 Guerrero vs Donaire? I don't agree with RingTV on this one. I do have a feeling that Guerrero's stock will drop for RingTV once they update their rankings. Sure Guerrero beat Berto and Aydin, but I think most people knew that he was nowhere near Floyd's level. Since Guerrero was the mandatory he got the fight he wanted then outclassed in the ring. I would place Donaire at the the eight spot before even thinking about Guerrero.
#9 They both agree on this one.
#10 Donaire vs Mares? This one is very tricky, but since RingTV has Rigondeaux didn't even crack their top 10 list I disagree with them giving Donaire the #10 spot. Rigondeaux outclassed Donaire while giving him a boxing lesson, and if Donaire is #10 then Rigondeux has to at least be #9 and get Guerrero off of that list. Mares' victory was impressive and I can see why ESPN gave him the #10 spot, but for me if I had to place him I would say #11 or tied for #10 with Donaire.