Editor’s view: GGG / Roman almost there, but Floyd still P4P King

Phil Jay 21/10/2015

Last weekend’s barnstorming knockout special at Madison Square Garden has unleashed a huge debate over who is the current pound for pound number one as Gennady Golovkin and Roman Gonzalez once again ripped through their respective opponents.

Golovkin completely dominated a rated champion in David Lemieux before taking the IBF middleweight title holder out in the eighth round, whilst Gonzalez had too much for ex-pound for pound star Brian Viloria and halted him towards the end of the ninth.

There’s a good shout that both are totally equal at the top of the current P4P ratings and could hold the number one spot in a shared capacity, although that’s reckoning without the fighter of his generation in Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Despite continued statements that Mayweather will retire and stay away from the sport on a record-equalling 49-0, the vast majority of those involved in boxing believe ‘Money’ will carry on and go for the 50th win in 2016.

WBN pound for pound rules had been amended early on so that a fighter will remain ranked until failing to announce a contest for one whole year due to so many of those beforehand negating on their original retirement confirmation.

Plenty of ‘retired’ star names have been removed from their pound for pound standing, only to reverse their decision and make a comeback just months later. That opened a debate as to why they should remain unranked due to only being out of the sport a few weeks or months – leading to a final decision being made allowing Mayweather to keep his ranking until a full year has passed.

Therefore due to the exceptional circumstances surrounding the top spot, Mayweather will continue as the WBN P4P flagbearer until September 12 of 2016 and likes of Golovkin, Gonzalez, Kovalev and Klitschko will have to fight it out for the number two spot until the five-weight world champion proves he can truly keep to his word.