by Cliff Rold
Welterweight: Few seem to want it but there is enough smoke to wonder if there might be fire to the idea of a Manny Pacquiao rematch with Floyd Mayweather. Time will tell. Until it does, Pacquiao returns from ‘retirement’ with another decisive win over a top ten contender in 2016.
For an old guy, he’s still pretty spry. Danny Garcia also gets a little bump up and prepares for a showdown with Keith Thurman. With Kell Brook saying he’ll be coming back to 147, this division could be set for a strong return to form next year. David Avanesyan slips out of the top ten to make room for Pacquiao’s return.
Jr. Featherweight: Jessie Magdaleno takes the top contender spot under champion Guillermo Rigondeuax with a closely contested decision over Nonito Donaire. It appeared from here that Magdaleno did enough to win but Donaire backers have their case.
Bantamweight: One can find people who thought Jamie McDonnell did enough to retain against Liborio Solis, but they are outnumbered. The scores of the fight were out of line with observed reality. Solis enters the top ten after also trading knockdowns with division leader Shinsuke Yamanaka in a solid fight last year. Luis Nery is bumped from the top ten.
Strawweight: Jose Argumedo makes a move up with a strong stoppage over Jose Antonio Jimenez.
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Last ratings update: October 22, 2016
Cliff Rold is the Managing Editor of BoxingScene, a founding member of the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, and a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. He can be reached at email@example.com