At this point, fans and media around the world are no doubt making adjustments to their pound-for-pound lists, and after last night's performance, super middleweight king Andre Ward has made a strong case to be considered number one. Undefeated in 26 fights, not only did he step up to face another top ten pound-for-pound fighter in Chad Dawson, but he dominated and stopped him in 10 rounds, making it look easy in the process.
Before last night's victory over Dawson, Ward had already run the gambit against the best his division has to offer, winning the Super Six Super Middleweight Tournament by defeating Kessler, Abraham, Green and Froch. It's tough to find any other fighter who has defeated that type of line-up, especially considering that he was the underdog to win the whole tournament prior to his first fight with Kessler. Not only did he beat all of the best fighters in his weight class, once again, he made it looked easy.
As much as I like Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, there's no other active fighter who has consistently faced the level of competition that Ward has faced and dominated them in the process. Mayweather is a great fighter, but his inactivity and lack of real competition hurts his case in my opinion. And Pacquiao just lost to Bradley, regardless of whether you think he won, and many believe he actually lost to Marquez. Ward, on the other hand, is an Olympic gold medalist, won the Super Six Tournament, just stopped a top ten fighter pound-for-pound in his prime, and hasn't lost a fight since he was 12 years old. Looking at his recent accomplishments compared to his counterparts, it's hard to argue against that.