Former multi-weight world champion and all round boxing icon Manny Pacquiao has earned a rating of number three with the World Boxing Council in the latest listings.
Released earlier this week, the WBC have decided to position Pacquiao within touching distance of a title chance against Keith Thurman, provided the Filipino Congressman signs up for their Clean Boxing Program.
Alongside the likes of Canelo Alvarez and Gervonta Davis, Pacquiao is yet to enroll for the mandatory drug testing procedures and would be required to do so if he sought out a shot at the green and gold strap.
A recent loss to Jeff Horn, a highly-controversial one at that, has seemingly done little to harm Pacquiao’s reputation and a switch of allegiance from the WBO would be possible should a rematch fail to materialize.
Horn has signed on to defend his title against Gary Corcoran on home soil, whilst Pacquiao has a pre-agreed and contracted return should he so wish to invoke it.
The 38 year-old could potentially be chosen by unified champion Thurman as a voluntary once formal duties against number one rated Shawn Porter are completed.
Due to inactivity and his appearance on a UK reality show, ex-top contender Amir Khan has been removed from the WBC rankings completely.
Here’s the current WBC Top 30 at 147 pounds:
1 Shawn Porter (US) SILVER
2 Danny Garcia (US)
3 Manny Pacquiao (Phil) * CBP/P
4 Jessie Vargas (US)
5 Diego Chaves (Argentina)
6 Qudratillo Abduqaxorov (Uzbekistan)
7 Carlos Adames (Dom. R.) * CBP/P
8 Cesar Miguel Barrionuevo (Argentina) LATINO
9 Lucas Matthysse (Argentina)
10 Mohamed Mimoune (France) EBU
11 Ray Robinson (US)
12 Konstantin Ponomarev (Russia)
13 Bradley Skeete (GB) BBB C * CBP/P
14 Adrian Granados (US)
15 Brandon Rios (US)
16 Egidijus Kavaliauskas (Lithuania) NABF
17 Ahmed El Mousaoui (France)
18 Charles Manyuchi (Zimbabwe)
19 Kerman Lejarraga (Spain)
20 Sam Eggington (GB)
21 Andre Berto (US)
22 Luis Collazo (US)
23 David Avanesyan (Russia)
24 Carson Jones (US)
25 Fabian Maidana (Argentina)
26 Yordenis Ugas (Cuba)
27 Carlos Ocampo (Mexico)
28 Dmitry Mikhaylenko (Russia)
29 Mikael Zewski (US)
30 Carlos Molina (Mexico)