If this list was published one month ago today, it would’ve listed then-active fighters Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Andre Ward as 1-2.
Within a month, both unbeaten former champions have retired. Ward, 33, announced Thursday that he was joining Mayweather, 40, on boxing’s permanent shelf.
And although boxing retirements usually elicit skepticism, Mayweather’s excess cash and Ward’s television-analyst work could allow both to stay gone.
So, following their goodbyes and a busy summer with several impressive showings, The Times’ boxing pound-for-pound top-10 poll has a fresh look for the fall.
1. Terence Crawford