Pound for Pound List - May 2013
1.) Floyd Mayweather (44-0, 26 Kos) – The Las Vegas resident still has his legs and that kept him from being cornered against Guerrero when they fought last Saturday May 4. With quick hands and perhaps the world’s best defensive technique, Mayweather, 36, continues to astound the boxing world with his abilities.
2.) Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1, 40 Kos) – Offers to fight Manny Pacquiao in Macao were spurned by Marquez, who is now tentatively scheduled to fight Palm Springs boxer Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley. Mayweather proved too fast and too big for Marquez when they fought in 2009, so Marquez is setting his sights on Tim Bradley.
3.) Timothy Bradley (30-0, 12 Kos) – After engaging in one of the most entertaining and brutal fights in winning by decision last March 16, Bradley now looks to be matching skills with Juan Manuel Marquez in September. Any time you have two of the best pound for pound fighters matching skills, that’s a fight to watch. A date being mentioned is Sept. 18, in Las Vegas.
4.) Sergio Martinez (51-2-2, 28 Kos) – Argentina’s “Maravilla” Martinez may not have fought at his best several weeks ago, but still the middleweight world champion showed why he belongs on this list. Despite breaking his hand Martinez managed to defeat United Kingdom’s Martin Murray by decision and give him his first loss as a pro. Martinez, 38, seems to be breaking down physically.
5.) Andre Ward (26-0, 14 Kos) – Oakland’s speedy Ward, 29, has become a full-fledged hard-nosed prizefighter who can fight inside or outside. After literally cleaning out the super middleweight division there are fewer opportunities to show off his boxing skills. It looks like he needs to move up to light heavyweight and see what’s cooking up there.
6.) Wladimir Klitschko (60-3, 51 Kos) – Ukraine’s Klitschko always seems bigger, stronger and faster than his opponents. Take for example his knockout win over Francesco Planeta over the weekend. A swift three-punch combination by the six-foot, six-inch Klitschko ended the fight emphatically. Not many heavyweights have that kind of ability.
7.) Robert Guerrero (31-2-1, 18 Kos) – Attempted to do what 44 others could not do in usurping the throne of Floyd Mayweather. The southpaw from Gilroy, Calif. made a gallant effort but could not pin down the elusive fight master. Still, Guerrero was a very capable opponent and forced Mayweather to use his legs to escape dangerous exchanges, not his shoulder roll defense.
8.) Roman Gonzalez (33-0, 28 Kos) – Known as “Chocolatito,” the Nicaraguan mighty mite has shown he can box or exchange bombs with most anyone. The junior flyweight has a fight set against Mexico’s Gerardo Verde on May 25. It’s difficult to remain among the top in the smaller weight divisions. They all have speed. Gonzalez has speed and strength.
9.) Danny Garcia (26-0, 16 Kos) – The Philadelphia junior welterweight known as “Swift” has been in some engaging battles and he’s only 25. A recent win over veteran Zab Judah showed that Garcia can box, bang or beat you in a variety of ways. Garcia fights in the exciting junior welterweight division and there are loads of possible match ups.
10.) Abner Mares (26-0-1, 14 Kos) – Southern California’s Mares captured a third world title in a third weight division by knocking out two-time world champion Daniel Ponce de Leon. Those are two incredible feats. He also burst into the pound for pound list like gangbusters with the knockout of Ponce de Leon. Mares is now a featherweight world champion and former junior featherweight and bantamweight world champ.
11.) Nonito Donaire (30-2, 19 Kos) – The Filipino Flash may had a bad night and could redeem himself with a rematch win over Guillermo Rigondeaux. Donaire still possesses all the physical tools needed to remain on this list of elite fighters. Can he do it? I wouldn’t bet against him.
12.) Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 Kos) – Pacman is taking time off for the meanwhile after losing back-to-back fights. The last loss was crushing and came against his old nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez. Pacman’s next fight will be in Asia and could possibly be Mike Alvarado. We’ll see how much remains of Pacquiao’s fighting skills.