1. FLOYD MAYWEATHER (44-0 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 in May 2014, but who will be his next victim?
2. ANDRE WARD (26-0 14KO’s)
Ward looked the boxing magician he is in a one sided beating of a game but outclassed Edwin Rodriguez. He is not only the best middleweight in the world but he is also the best light heavyweight, potential fights with Froch, Golovkin and Hopkins could be in his 2014 but for now he stands way ahead of his peers whether Froch will admit that is another thing.
3. SERGIO MARTINEZ (51-2-2 28KO’s)
The Argentinian southpaw is possibly on the decline after being dropped by Martin Murray in a very close fight in Buenos Aries, but came through with the win and is competing in a stacked division, a rematch with Chavez Jr. is a possibility, I would love to see him in with Gennady Golovkin.
4. TIM BRADLEY (31-0 12KO’s)
When Bradley fights with his head rather than his heart he is a tremendously effective boxer, he holds wins over Alexander, Provodnikov, Pacquiao and now Marquez quite a CV for the unbeaten welterweight. A rematch with Pacquiao is a likely option for May next year.
5. MANNY PACQUIAO (54-5-2 38KO’s)
The multi-weight world champion is coming off 2 back to back losses but most believe he was robbed against Bradley and he had Marquez down and was ahead on the scorecard’s when he was caught cold in the 5th round. He makes his return in Macau against Brandon Rios on November 23rd.
6. GUILLERMO RIGONDEAUX (12-0 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.
7.CARL FROCH (31-2 22KO’s)
Froch gained revenge over Mikkel Kessler in another terrific fight in May at the 02 Arena in London, a third fight is possible, a rematch with Andre Ward has been suggested but I wonder how much Froch’s camp really want’s that fight. A domestic dust up with unbeaten George Groves is next for Froch on the 23rd November, at the Phones 4u Arena, Manchester, UK.
8. JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ (55-6-1 40KO’s)
At 40 years old and coming of his best ever performance in a toe to toe battle with Manny Pacquiao a fight with Timothy Bradley was always going to prove a challenge technically and physically. Marquez picked up his 6th defeat in a close but correct decision, there are many options still for the Mexican but he may call it a day.
9. WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO (60-3 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.
10. DANNY GARCIA (27-0 16KO’s)
In his last fight against hard-hitting Lucas Matthysse, Garcia proved all the doubters wrong and shown the world the he is the best Light-Welterweight on the planet. With his victory over Matthysse, Garcia has thrown his hat into the mix to face the P4P king, Floyd Mayweather.
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