To keep our P4P rankings as fair and unbiased as possible we asked four of our contributors to submit their own rankings and score the fighter from 10 points for number 1 to 1 point for number 10. There was a huge variety from two to ten with the only constant being Mayweather’s position at the top of the tree.
1. Floyd Mayweather (48-0 26KO’s)
The worlds highest paid athlete has been a world champion since 1998 (excluding his temporary retirements) and has cemented himself as boxing’s best. A much anticipated bout with Manny Pacquiao in May failed to excite the majority of the public but it showed the gulf between the long time rivals as Floyd cruised to an easy UD victory. The American’s 49th and supposed final bout will be against Andre Berto on September 12th in a fight that has been widely panned by media and fans alike.
2. Roman Gonzalez (43-0 37KO’s)
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 nine opponents and fights often. After years in the network TV wilderness he is finally getting some much deserved attention and will be chief support on the much anticipated Golovkin Lemieux PPV.
3. Wladimir Klitschko (64-3 53KO’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 limited. Following lacklustre performances against Povetkin and Leapai he looked at his devastating best in a five round demolition of unbeaten Kubrat Pulev and followed that up with a UD win over American Bryant Jennings. Unbeaten Britain Tyson Fury is next up.
4. Guillermo Rigondeaux (15-0 10KO’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 Philippine. Wins over Joeseph Agbeko and Sod Kokietgym did little to win him fans with the networks but he showed he has some vulnerability when he was dropped twice against Hisashi Amagasa before rallying to win on points . He is the best pure boxer in the world and has called out pretty much every fellow champion. Will Frampton, Santa Cruz, Lomachenko or Quigg take the challenge?
5. Sergey Kovalev (28-0-1 25KO’s)
The ‘Krusher’ holds three of the four major alphabet titles at light heavyweight and has looked hugely impressive against the likes of Hopkins, Pascal and most recently in a two round blow out of Nadjib Mohammedi. A fight with Adonis Stevenson simply needs to happen but politics may end up getting in the way of what would be a defining bout for both men
6. Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2 38KO’s) 46 Points
An injury suffered in the lead up to his one sided loss to Floyd Mayweather in their May mega fight will sideline the multi weight world champion for a number of months. Despite that tough loss he is still the second best 147lb boxer in the world and in such a deep division numerous exciting bouts could be on the horizon.
7. Gennady Golovkin (33-0 30KO’s)
‘GGG’ has won twenty 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 but he will get a chance to add the IBF belt to his collection if he beats David Lemieux in his first PPV fight in October.
8. Terrance Crawford (26-0 18KO’s)
A two weight world champion with a solid fan base, promoted by Top Rank with a TV friendly style the future is looking very good for Omaha’s Terrance Crawford. His next challenge comes in the shape of Dierry Jean on October 24th, he has the size and skill-set to move up to 147 and should be the heir to Pacquiao’s Top Rank throne.
9. Andre Ward (28-0 15KO’s)
In fairness Ward should be in the top 3 he has immense talent he is the best fighter in his division by some distance yet there is a problem. In the last eighteen months he has fought just once against the game but limited Paul Smith Jnr, his inactivity caused by a promoter issue should no longer be a problem and there is a plethora of good fights at 168 and 175lbs. The next twelve months will be key to Wards legacy.
10. Miguel Cotto (40-4 33 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 middleweight champion Sergio Martinez brought him back in to the elite. His popularity with TV viewers will guarantee him big fights and a highly anticipated PPV match up with Mexican Canelo Alvarez is next .
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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