1. Floyd Mayweather (47-0 26KO’s)
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.
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. but sadly he is spending far to much time in the courtroom and not enough in the ring, he hasn’t fought since last November and is wasting the prime years of his career.
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. 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.
4. Guillermo Rigondeaux (14-0 9KO’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. 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.
5. Wladamir Klitschko (62-3 52KO’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 demolished Alex Leapai in five one sided rounds and he will fight mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev in November.
6. Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2 32KO’s)
At 49 years old the super human Hopkins is unbelievably still at the top of the light heavyweight division. A unified belt holder following his dominant win over Beibut Shumenov he will look to add the WBO title to his impressive collection when he faces Russian power puncher Sergey Kovalev in November. The Alien as he is now known is a certain future hall of famer and his achievements may never be surpassed.
7. Tim Bradley (31-1 12KO’s)
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. Staying active will be key for Bradley and a fight with Brandon Rios could happen early next year.
8. Miguel Cotto (39-4 32 KO’s)
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 middlweight champion Sergio Martinez brings him back in to the elite. His popularity with TV viewers will guarentee him big fights and a match up with Canelo Alvarez is one I would love to see next year.
9. Juan Manuel Marquez (56-7 40 KO’s)
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 dissapointing 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.
10. Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KO’s)
Golovkin has won seventeen fights in a row inside the distance a streak that stretches back to 2008. He has dynamite in both hands and his footwork and ringcraft 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 will face Mexican Marco Antonio Rubio in a unification on October 18th. To chase the mega fights he may need to step up to super middleweight where Andre Ward and Carl Froch await.
Fighters who are close to making top 10… Carl Froch, Danny Garcia, Mikey Garcia, Canelo Alvarez, Erislandy Lara, Roman Gonzalez, Adonis Stevenson 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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