To keep our P4P rankings as fair and unbiased as possible we asked six of our contributors to submit their own rankings and score the fighter from 10 points for number 1 to 1 point for number 10. This score was then combined to get us to the rankings we see below. There was a huge variety from two to ten with the only constant being Mayweathers position at the top of the tree.
1. Floyd Mayweather (47-0 26KO’s) 60 Points
Back to back wins in contrasting style against Argentinian Marcos Maidana firmly cement the man they call ‘money’ at the top of our rankings. His deal with Showtime means he will most likely fight twice in 2015, a bout with Manny Pacquiao would do a lot to confirm his status as an all time great. He is likely to face Amir Khan next May but every welterweight in the world is chasing the pay day a fight with Mayweather creates.
2. Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2 38KO’s) 46 Points
The multi weight world champion defeated Timothy Bradley in their rematch by unanimous decision to start 2014 on a high. Unbeaten Chris Algieri is next up for the WBO welterweight champion in a fight he is expected to win comfortably. Pacquiao may be past his best but he is still a force in the 147lb division.
3. Guillermo Rigondeaux (14-0 9KO’s) 42 Points
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. Wins over Joeseph Agbeko and Sod Kokietgym did little to win him new fans. He is the best pure boxer in the lower weight classes but needs to adjust his style to stay a headline act and make serious money. A fight with Leo Santa Cruz could happen next year.
4. Wladamir Klitschko (63-3 53KO’s) 35 Points
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. Following lacklustre performances against Povetkin and Leapai he looked at his devastating best in a five round demolition of unbeaten Kubrat Pulev.
5. Juan Manuel Marquez (56-7 40 KO’s) 28 Points
A four weight world champion and at the age of 41 still has a lot to offer in the sport. The points loss to Bradley was disappointing but he rebounded well beating Mike Alvarado in May. In the twilight of his career he still seems keen to take on up and coming fighters being frequently linked with Amir Khan, Keith Thurman and Kell Brook.
6. Miguel Cotto (39-4 32 KO’s) 24 Points
Back to back defeats to Floyd Mayweather and Austin Trout seemed to have pushed the Puerto Rican out of the pound for pound discussion but his emphatic 10th round victory over lineal middleweight champion Sergio Martinez brings him back in to the elite. His popularity with TV viewers will guarantee him big fights and a match up with Canelo Alvarez is one I would love to see next year.
7. Tim Bradley (31-1 12KO’s) 23 Points
Bradley has only fought once this year dropping a wide decision in a rematch with Manny Pacquiao. ‘Desert storm’ is a hugely talented fighter with wins over Juan Manuel Marquez, Devon Alexander and Ruslan Provodnikov, most would back him against any welterweight not called Floyd. He takes on Diego Chavez in Vegas this December.
8. Gennady Golovkin (31-0 28KO’s) 20 Points
Golovkin has won eighteen fights in a row inside the distance a streak that stretches back to 2008. He has dynamite in both hands and his footwork and ring craft are a combination nobody has managed to cope with let alone solve. GGG has found it hard to find fighters at 160lbs to fight him and destroyed Mexican Marco Antonio Rubio in two rounds in October. To chase the mega fights he may need to step up to super middleweight where Andre Ward and Carl Froch await.
9.Roman Gonzales (40-0 34KO’s) 17 Points
Lower weight class fighters struggle to get the recognition of their heavier peers and the Nicaraguan WBC flyweight champion certainly falls in to that category. The two weight world champion has an exciting style stopping his last six opponents and fights three times a year, what’s not to like? Sadly unless he is capable of climbing through the weights (at 5 ft 3″ unlikely) he will never get the recognition from the wider boxing fanbase.
10. Carl Froch (33-2 24KO’s) 12 Points
With Andre Ward’s inactivity Froch has to be considered the number one super middleweight in the world. Back to back wins over George Groves and clinical wins over Mikkell Kessler and Lucian Bute cement him as Britain’s best boxer. The question over will he fight again will be answered soon with mandatory James Degale a possibility for a Wembley clash in the Summer.
Fighters who also scored:
Sergey Kovalev 12 Points
Terrence Crawford 4 Points
Nicholas Walters 1 Point
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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