1. FLOYD MAYWEATHER (45-0 26KO’s)
Boxing’s biggest name is coming off a one sided master-class against Mexican superstar Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. Mayweather is two fights in to his six fight deal with Showtime and will be out again on May 3 against WBA champion Marcos Maidana.
2. ANDRE WARD (27-0 14KO’s)
Ward looked the boxing magician he is in a one sided beating of a game but outclassed Edwin Rodriguez. He is the best super middleweight in the world. Ward still hasn’t got a fight lined up for 2014, but possible fights with Golovkin, Chavez Jr., Froch and even Groves could be made before the end if the year.
3. MANNY PACQUIAO (56-5-2 38KO’s)
The multi weight world champion defeated Timothy Bradley in their rematch by unanimous decision to start 2014 on a high. Pacquiao didn’t seem to be at his best but he is still a force in the 147 division.
4. GUILLERMO RIGONDEAUX (13-0 8KO’s)
The unbeaten Cuban find’s himself in an unusual predicament, he is a technically excellent boxer who holds a victory of Nonito Donaire but his style doesn’t do much for the TV audience and he came under a lot of criticism for his performance against the Philipino. He may be the best boxer in the lower weight classes but needs to adjust his style to stay a headline act and make serious money. He faces Joeseph Agbeko on December 7th.
5. WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO (61-3 51KO’s)
The best heavyweight in the world has dominated his division for the best part of a decade, we may never know how good he really is as the level of competition he continues to face is so poor. In his recent fight against Povetkin he made a career high pay day but put on one of the ugliest clinch ridden performances of his career, he didn’t lose a round and looks pretty untouchable at the moment. He faces Alex Leapai on April 26.
6. TIMOTHY BRADLEY (31-1 12KO’s)
Bradley had a great 2013… He outboxed Marquez and won fight if the year in his fight with tough Ruslan Provodnikov. In his first outing of 2014 he lost his rematch with Pacquiao. I would love Bradley to fight Devon Alexander again, but with the Cold War still going on I doubt that fight will happen anytime soon. Only possible fight for Bradley is against Brandon Rios.
7. SERGIO MARTINEZ (51-2-2 28KO’s)
In his last fight Martinez was dropped against Martin Murray in a close fight. The Argentine got the decision. However, some people saying he is past his best. He is set to face Miguel Cotto next on June 7… and if Martinez gets past Cotto he should face Golovkin next to see who is the best middleweight.
8. BERNARD HOPKINS (54-6-2, 32 KO’s)
‘The Alien’ as he is now known is set to face WBA champion Beibut Shumenov in a unification fight on April 19. If he wins it’s just more history for the 49 year old, who has shown no sign of hanging up his gloves anytime soon. If he wins a fight with Adonis Stevenson should be next for the the end of the year.
9. NONITO DONAIRE (32-2, 21 KO’s)
Donaire won Fighter of the Year in 2012, but didn’t have a great 2013… losing to Rigondeaux and beating Darchinyan at the end if the year. He now faces Vetyeka on May 31. This is a good fight for the Filipino as he looks to get back to his best.
10. GENNADY GOLOVKIN (29-0, 26 KO’s)
Golovkin has won 16 straight fights by knockout. GGG has found it hard to find fighters at 160 to fight him and has been forced to step up to 168 in his next fight where he will face Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on July 19. If Golovkin wins and Sergio Martinez Wins, hopefully we can see them fight to see who the best middleweight is.
Fighters who are close to making top 10… Carl Froch, Danny Garcia, Mikey Garcia, Canelo Alvarez, Erislandy Lara, Roman Gonzalez, Adonis Stevenson, Juan Manuel Marquez and Sergey Kovalev.
This is our opinion on the top 10 pound-for-pound fighters in the world, please feel free to leave a comment if you agree or disagree.
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