Bradley zooms in Ring's pound-for-pound list
MANILA – After his split-decision win over Mexican boxing superstar Juan Manuel Marquez over the weekend, American boxer Timothy Bradley announced that he should now be ranked in the world’s top three.
"I have to be considered top three in the world now," Bradley was quoted to have said. "There is Floyd Mayweather, there is Andre Ward and there is Tim Bradley."
It proved to be no empty boast as the boxing bible Ring Magazine had just ranked Bradley third in pound-for-pound ratings.
In its latest rankings released on Tuesday, Bradley zoomed five notches from No. 8 to No. 3, behind top-ranked Mayweather and Ward.
Marquez, on the other hand, dropped three spots to No. 6.
Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao, who is set to return to the ring next month against Brandon Rios, slipped a notch to No. 7, while American Adrian Broner also dropped one spot to No. 8.
The rest of the top 10 stayed the same.
The rankings of Marquez, Bradley and Pacquiao on The Ring’s list widely differed from that of Sports Illustrated, which released its latest update on Monday.
In the magazine’s rankings, Pacquiao was fourth, Marquez was sixth and Bradley was ninth.
Both rankings, however, had Mayweather on top, followed by Ward.