Boxing great Manny Pacquiao can take some heart from his controversial defeat to Jeff Horn with a little help from the World Boxing Council.
The 37 year-old, a world champion in no less than eight weight classes, now has the option of a potential shot at WBC welterweight title holder Keith Thurman thanks to ranking spot of number three on the July listings.
Clean Boxing Program enrolment would be needed in order for Pacquiao to ratify his placing as the WBC move to recognise, not only his achievements, but the manner of his performance against a young, undefeated fighter on July 2.
Pacquiao has a rematch clause with Horn for a second helping down under, although has already backed a review into the scoring of the contest following the Aussie’s shock victory.
Despite a five-judge dissecting the ‘Battle of Brisbane’ round by round, WBO President Paco Valcarcel has already stated the result of Horn’s triumph will stand regardless.
Should the review come back conclussive that Pacquiao, as first thought, was the rightful winner, the Filipino Senator may well decide to move on from facing Horn again.
That would leave either an option to battle Thurman for both the WBC and WBA straps for Pacquiao or alternatively an eliminator against either ex-world title holders Danny Garcia or Shawn Porter.
Here’s the new WBC Top 15 rankings for July at 147 pounds:
1 .- Shawn Porter (US)
2 .- Danny Garcia (US)
3 .- Manny Pacquiao (Phil) * CBP/P
4 .- Jessie Vargas (US)
5 .- Konstantin Ponomarev (Russia) NABF
6 .- Diego Chaves (Argentina)
7 .- Carlos Molina (Mexico)
8 .- Sam Eggington (GB) INTL/EBU
9 .- Qudratillo Abduqaxorov (Uzbekistan) SILVER
10 .- Lucas Matthysse (Argentina)
11 .- Cesar Miguel Barrionuevo (Argentina) LATINO
12 .- Ray Robinson (US)
13 .- Andre Berto (US)
14 .- Kerman Lejarraga (Spain)
15 .- Dmitry Mikhaylenko (Russia)