Pound for Pound List - November 2013
1.) Floyd Mayweather (45-0, 26 Kos) – Once again the Las Vegas resident proved he still has his legs and defeated the much younger Saul "Canelo" Alvarez in a mostly one-sided fight in September. The win grabbed him the junior middleweight world title but will he stay in the weight division. Mayweather has seemingly run out of marketable opponents. Currently he's rumored to be headed to a fight with Amir Khan. Most fans would love to see the great boxer fight Sergio Martinez in pursuit of the middleweight world title. Maybe a match against the other middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin is possible, but is it worth the risk?
2.) Timothy Bradley (31-0, 12 Kos) – Few give "Desert Storm" the credit he deserves, but after convincingly defeating Juan Manuel Marquez, what else must he do. Bradley used his speed and defense to out-manuever Mexico's great prizefighter to win the battle of conquerors of Manny Pacquiao. Marquez was really never close to hurting Bradley and when the great Mexican fighter was floored in the final round that was the clinching moment for Bradley. He deserves to be number two. He defeated everyone in the junior welterweight division and now is ruling the welterweights. The only welterweight standing is Mayweather.
3.) 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.
4.) Andre Ward (27-0, 14 Kos) – Oakland’s Ward easily defeated Edwin Rodriguez but he's literally run out of opponents in the super middleweight division. It's the only reason I have him rated low. He needs to move up a weight division to really test his fighting skills. Those above him proved their talent by winning world titles in more than one weight division. Ward needs to do the same to be ranked higher. Yes, he's a great fighter at super middleweight, but he's very tall and should be a light heavyweight.
5.) Juan Manuel Marquez (55-7-1, 40 Kos) – Because the offers to fight Manny Pacquiao were too low, Marquez accepted a fight with speedy Tim Bradley and was spanked. Marquez has never really done well against speedy fighters with the exception of Pacman. Will he get a sixth opportunity to fight the Filipino super star? It's the only fight that makes sense for the veteran boxing wizard from Mexico City.
6.) Wladimir Klitschko (61-3, 51 Kos) – Ukraine’s Klitschko always seems bigger, stronger and faster than his opponents. Take for example his knockout win over Alexander Povetkin over the weekend. Sadly, the heavyweight seems to like holding far too much to give fans any kind of excitement. Can he keep the ball rolling?
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 (37-0, 31 Kos) – “Chocolatito,” the Nicaraguan mighty mite has shown he can box or exchange bombs with most anyone. Gonzalez recently blitzed through Oscar Blanquet in two rounds in a flyweight fight in Tokyo, Japan. The Nicaraguan is gunning for another world title in the flyweight division. 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 (27-0, 16 Kos) – The Philadelphia junior welterweight known as “Swift” has been in some engaging battles and he’s only 25. His win over hard-hitting Lucas Matthysse settled for good whether or not he rules the junior welterweight division. There have been talks on whether or not Garcia should move into the welterweight division and challenge Floyd Mayweather. It's probably too early for that to happen, but he probably would provide an entertaining fight.
10.) Nonito Donaire (32-2, 21 Kos) – The Filipino Flash may had a bad night against Guillermo Rigondeaux. Then had a subpar night against Vic "The Destroyer: Darchinyan before rallying to win by knockout. 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.
11.) Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 Kos) – Pacman took taking time off and it paid off when he defeated Brandon Rios in Macao. The Filipino super star showed great boxing ability and focus in defeating the rugged "Bam Bam" Rios. It was a significant win for Pacman who had suffered back-to-back losses. Now the super quick southpaw can opt for a match against Tim Bradley, Juan Manuel Marquez or perhaps Floyd Mayweather.
12. Bernard Hopkins (54-6-2, 32 KOs) - The Philadelphia master boxer is breaking records and shattering former records every time he fights and wins. How long can this great warrior last. His mastery over Karo Murat was a thing of beauty. He is one of the greatest prizefighters of all time. Not just this era, but of all time. Hopkins turns 49 this coming January.
Honorable mention: Mikey Garcia, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Gennady Golovkin, Abner Mares, Carl Froch, Saul Alvarez.