Maidana moves up in Ring rankings

Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KO’s) lost his WBA welterweight title last Saturday night in losing a 12 round majority decision defeat to WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (46-0, 26 KO’s) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. However, Maidana’s performance was so good that the Ring has moved him up from No.8 to No.6 in their welterweight rankings. Maidana now only trails Mayweather by 6 spots, which is a little bit better than it was before last Saturday’s fight between them.

Here are the Ring rankings for 147:

Champion: Floyd Mayweather Jr

1. Manny Pacquiao

2. Tim Bradley

3. Juan Manuel Marquez

4. Shawn Porter

5. Kell Brook

6. Marcos Maidana

7. Keith Thurman

8. Robert Guerrero

9. Amir Khan

10. Paulie Malignaggi

Amir Khan’s victory over Luis Collazo last Saturday night has put him in the top 10 at No.9, surpassing Malignagi at the 10 spot.

Maidana gave Mayweather a heck of a fight in losing by the scores of 114-114, 117-111 and 116-112. The fight was a difficult one to score, as there were a lot of close rounds that were difficult to pick one fighter over another. Maidana clearly one some of the rounds with his huge work rate, but there were other rounds that Mayweather seemed to be landing the cleaner shots. Overall, the two fighters were tied at 6 rounds each in terms of them out-landing each other. In that case you could make an argument that the fight should have been scored a draw, but the fight was decided from more than punch stats. The judges also took into account Mayweather’s superior punch accuracy, and his better defense in the fight. Maidana was missing a lot of punches and a ton of his shots were being picked off on the gloves of Mayweather, and that obviously helped in deciding who the better fighter was of the two.

As far as the Ring’s welterweight rankings go, it’s difficult to see Maidana being ranked above the likes of Khan and Keith Thurman because those guys look a lot better than Maidana.