Thread Co-Produced by @CST80 and @Serge Much has been made over the last few months about who the true heir of Mayweather is for the coveted spot atop the mythical P4P rankings. Many a candidate have come and gone, almost as if the position is rejecting pretenders to the throne karmically. First it was Kovalev and Ward, Ward lost the first fight to an unfocused lazy drunken Kovalev and got a gift, then came back the next year against an even more disillusioned depressed emotionally compromised Kovalev who he fought on even terms with again, until Ward decided he couldn't win fair and square so he smashed Kovalev in the balls countless times, to win a tainted TKO victory. Then before he could be crowned the Dirty P4P King, Ward realizing that he needed two matches to beat the shot shell of Kovalev, that he probably would get badly ****ed up by the younger hungrier versions of him at Light Heavyweight, so he took the easy way out and promptly retired, so another potential number 1 flew out the window. However there was another heir apparent that got upset inbetween the Kovalev/Ward saga, poor old chubby grumpy munchkin Chocolatito. He decided to duck a Cuadras rematch to go with the "easier" option, and had yet another back and forth toll taking bloodbath against the unheralded Thai monster Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, which he rightfully lost, despite all of the bleating and blabbering by the legions of butthurt fanboys. Then looking for redemption, he chose to rematch Wangek, and instead of rising like a phoenix from the ashes, he got flattened like a scowling bitter little gnat, by way of crushing and beautifully savage KTFO4, it was the definitive Fall Of The Roman Empire, with a sriracha marinated cherry on top. So another contender for the throne outta the way. Sadly Sor Rungvisai aside from his back to back to back masterpieces where he collected the two top shelf scalps of Roman and Juan Francisco Estrada, the rest of his resume leaves a lot to be desired. So no Number 1 spot for the Thai yet, but another P4P win or two might do the trick. Still holding out for a hero, the boxing world turned our lonely eyes to Canelo and Golovkin, thinking surely this one won't be controversial. GGG beat Canelo, but in Vegas Baby, you have to drop Canelo 8 times and KO him twice to get a ****ing SD win, and GGG didn't do that, he just beat him 8-4, and anytime a fighter has the audacity to not win every single round, Adelaide Byrd spitefully gives every last one of them to his opponent. That being said, GGG and Canelo was a very competitive match with neither man truly asserting true dominance in the ring, and even though I thought it was a clear GGG victory, a draw isn't the most egregious call. So... we had to wait a little longer for the inevitable rematch for a P4P savior, but Clenelo's penchant for scarfing down platters of Chepo's Chimichangas made from roided up cows had to be assuaged, so he went to town, and there went the rematch. Canelo instead of pursuing the rematch any further, realizing he didn't have juiced up bovine rocket fuel to fall back on, he probably couldn't beat GGG outright, and since on top of being viewed as the loser of the first fight, and with the added animosity felt towards him for his doping positive, he figured he couldn't win, so he pulled out of negotiations for a rematch like the little pampered punk he is. Yet still no P4P number 1. Which brings us to our last two contenders.... Omaha Bud and The Man They Call NoMaschenko. In my mind, its crystal clear who the P4P number 1 fighter in the world is as of right now, the question has been definitively answered beyond any shadow of a doubt. Yet still people (who DKSAB) question the validity of this choice. Well I'm going to go all out in an effort to explain in brutally demonstrative fashion why Vasyl Lomachenko is the man. This isn't meant to throw shade on Crawford's in ring abilities, they're dazzling, he's one of the most skilled slick defensive operators the sport has seen since the early days of Pretty Boy Floyd, but no matter how great he may be, that doesn't change the fact that his resume is just okay at best, at worst, its kind of pretty ****ing crappy. Since this will probably fall on deaf ears.... Here goes nothing. The Resume Of Terence "Bud" Crawford. Briedis Prescott - His glory days of knocking the ever lving dogcrap out of Amir Khan, had long since gone, his best accomplishment post Khan KO was... there wasn't any. He lost to glass jawed douche Kevin Mitchell, the thoroughly average Paul McClosky, the annoyingly unpleasant Miguel Vazquez and was beaten to a pulp by Mike Alvarado before he started taking his Mile High moniker too seriously. By the time he met Terence, Briedis had become a mere journeyman, who's lost to every decent opponent he's fought post Bud schooling. Alejandro Sanabria - So so Mexican who's best wins were over a shot to hell Rocky Juarez and a SD over equally shot to hell Nery Sanguilan, and a loss to hot and cold glass jawed loser/heavy handed beastly upset artist Robinson Castellanos. Most Bud fanboys don't even rate this win. He was a stay busy opponent, brought in to lose. He retired from the sport immediately following his loss to Crawford. Andrey Klimov - Pesky featherfisted Russian, who's one and only claim to fame was outboxing John Molina Jr. and he barely did that, after he lost to Bud, he went on to be shutout in dominant fashion by Jose Pedraza and Liam Walsh, both eventual Tank Davis KO victims, then recently he lost to Alejandro Luna, who got decapitated a few months later by Richard Commey. And Bud played it extra safe against Andrey, and put on a coma inducing borefest that had Lampley near apoplectic that he actually had to sit there and commentate on it, and he wasn't exaggerrating, it was an truly awful viewing experience. Ricky Burns - Ah, The Rickster... what an impre... thoroughly underwhelming subpar win. Ricky had already lost his 0 to future Lomachenko and Mikey Garcia KO victim Rocky Martinez and add to that he was on his way to another lopsided loss to the glass hearted Jose A. Gonzalez, who was beating his ass so viciously he broke his wrist on him and had to quit, had he not, he'd have probably won, he was ahead on the cards in Glasgow. The version Bud fought had been viciously tenderized by Ray Beltran who literally shattered Burns iron jaw in the second round. Beltran got a draw, which lemme translate, is a win in the UK. Immediately following the loss to Bud, he got beaten from pillar to post by Dejan Zlaticanin, mauled by Figueroa, mauled by Relikh and got a gift and lost to the uncoordinated gawky beanpole Indongo and to Crolla the son of Linares. Totally overrated win. Yuriorkis Gamboa - Oh boy, the one the fans always love to bring up, the one I predicted would be a relatively easy Bud KO victory. Luckily for most fanboys of Crawford, most of Gamboa's recent matches had been on PPV or virtually unwatched HBO cards, so his hype far outweighed his actual in ring accomplishments. He went life and death with Salido and was dropped hard in the 8th, the match was far closer than the scorecards reflect, at best Gamboa won 112-111, that's 7 of five rounds before factoring in all the KD's and point deductions. Yes Gamboa went through even more hell against Salido than Lomachenko did. He went on to look okay in beating tough as nails Filipino journeyman Michael Farenas, who almost managed to KO him as well, dropping him in the 9th, that Boxrec tries its best to hide. He looked poor in beating De Leon, and once again looked poor beating Darlys Perez, it was clear to anyone with a few functioning brain cells that Gamboa wasn't living up to his hype and was on a downward spiral, especially when you factor in that he was moving up in weight against a much taller man. It was a brilliantly played sleight of hand by Bob Arum, to all the casuals it looked like a world class P4P win, to the rest of us, we expected it. Since then Gamboa has gone on to be dropped several times and quit against Castellanos, get dropped by Rene Alvarado, barely beat via MD Alexis Reyes???, and lose to Loma KO victim Sosa, and get a ridiculous gift. The win hasn't aged well.... at all. Raymundo Beltran - Good old roided up Ray, the chronic overachiever with his UD losses to Bogere and Ramos and KO loss to Ammeth Diaz, wait... I'm pretty sure if Loma was fighting a guy with a KO loss to Ammeth Diaz and UD losses to Ramos and Bogere he'd be considered a bum, what do you guys think? After being shutout by Bud in one sided fashion, he got on the juice and brutally KO'd Takahiro Ao, which he was stripped of, then KO'd a bunch of other glass jawed okay fighters, probably still on the gear. Then he nearly got KO'd by fidget Bryan Vasquez and went life and death with old ass Paulus Moses. Okay win, nothing spectacular. Thomas Dulorme - No great wins coming in, he had a brutal KO loss to Luis Carlos Abregu though, one I predicted. He barely scraped by Mayfield and had a controversial win over Lundy, who dominated his ass through the last 5 and debatably should have won. Since losing to Crawford, he was brutalized by Yordenis Ugas, but did a valiant job regardless. Its a damn good thing Crawford managed to stop him, since going into the 6th Dulorme was ahead on 1 card and Bud was 1 point ahead on 2, so Bud wasn't even doing as good as Abregu. Dierry Jean - Cleotis Pendarvis and Jerry Belmontes. That's it. Next! Oh wait... he was shutout by Peterson, and had a drug problem going into the Crawford match. Completely worthless win. Henry Lundy - I like Hammering Hank, but come on, the man while he poses a few problems for his opponent due to his rough and tumble nature, loses every time he steps up. Molina KO'd him, Postol barely UD'd him, and Beltran beat him barely, so he's below those three. Stay busy fight for Bud.