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BrotherJR’s Pound 4 Pound Top 10 – June 2013

By BrotherJR

June 5, 2013

You read and hear a lot of talk about who are the best pound 4 pound fighters in the world.  There is not a boxing blog, magazine, or website that doesn’t have a ranking system with their thoughts about who are the best boxers in the world.  What has drawn my ire and inspired this latest blog the latest edition of The Ring last month (July 2013 edition).  In their Pound For Pound rankings, they had Nonito Donaire ranked 10th in their pound for pound rankings, yet had Guillermo Rigondeaux unranked.  Now keep in mind in their latest edition, The Ring named Rigondeaux as their fighter of the month as well as their champion at Jr. Feather based off of his emphatic win over Donaire, yet for some reason, didn’t include Rigondeaux in their pound for pound rankings.

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(current Pound for Pound Ratings from July 2013 edition of Ring Magazine)

Now The Ring has their right to rank fighters however they want, but with Rigondeaux recently whipping Donaire, their recent rankings made no sense to me.  As a result, I emailed Ring Magazine and asked for an explanation because this makes no sense.  I thought that I was jumping the gun because the magazine is usually a month or so behind in terms of their news, so I checked their website recently, and Rigondeaux remains not ranked in their pound for pound rankings.  So with that being the case I decided to start my own monthly ratings, giving my thoughts on who are the best boxers in the world.  I’m sure my initial rankings will surely stir up a lot of questions.  People will probably take their time out to state where I went right, and where I went wrong.  Let the comments and debate begin!

Pound 4 Pound Rankings (June 2013):

1. Floyd Mayweather (44-0, 26 KO’s, WBC Welterweight Champion) – Based on resume and talent alone, “Money” deserves to be ranked at the top dog in boxing.  Shut down those who questioned whether he’s slipping with a decisive unanimous decision win over Robert Guerrero on May 4.  Upcoming Bout:  September 14,  Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Las Vegas.

1.   Andre Ward (26-0, 14 KO’s, WBA Super Middleweight Champion) – Here’s where the controversy will begin with many.  I know that plenty of folks will disagree with this and know that Floyd Mayweather Stan’s will find this blasphemous, but since 2009, nobody has fought and beat the competition that Ward has (including Floyd).  With decisive wins over Carl Froch, Mikkel Kessler, Arthur Abraham, Ward has established himself as clearly the best in the world at 168.  To go along with that, Ward destroyed arguably the best 175, Chad Dawson, in his last fight last September.  It can be argued that Andre Ward is the best Super Middleweight and Light Heavyweight in the world right now AT THE SAME DAMN TIME!!!  Right now, I don’t see a boxer from 160-175 that can beat Ward.  Talent, resume, and quality of opposition has Andre “SOG”  Ward ranked right along with Floyd Mayweather as the best pound for pound fighter in the world.  Upcoming Bout:  TBA, though rumors persist about a possible rematch against Carl Froch.

3.  Juan Manuel Marquez  (54-5-2, 38 KO’s, WBO Interim Jr. Welterweight Champion) – Finally gained sweet revenge over Manny Pacquiao with a exciting one shot KO over “Pac Man” last December in arguably 2012’s Knockout of the Year.  At age 39, Marquez remains elite with exquisite skills.  Upcoming Bout: Timothy Bradley, October 12, Las Vegas.

4.  Wladimir Klitschko (59-3, 51 KO’s, WBA/WBO/IBF Heavyweight Champion) – Say what you want about him, say what you want about the current state of the Heavyweight division, “Dr. Steelhammer” is the best and most dominant Heavyweight since Lennox Lewis.  Kudos must be given to Wlad for cleaning out the division (minus his brother Vitali who he says he will never fight).  Something must be said about the fact in spite of how poor the division is, Wladimir has dominated the division for at least the last 5 years, and it looks like there is no one out there to stop his reign.  Upcoming Bout:  Alexander Povetkin, October 5, Moscow, Russia.

5.  Sergio Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KO’s, WBC Middleweight Champion) – Tenuous position given his shaky performance against Martin Murray on April 27.  Looks to be a fighter in decline as the number of fights, injuries, and wear and tear of a long career seems to have taken effect.  He’s still ranked because of what he’s accomplished, but his future is very shaky and in limbo at this point.  Upcoming Bout:  TBA, out the rest of 2013 due to a broken hand, and other injuries.

6.  Guillermo Rigondeaux (12-0, 8 KO’s, WBA/WBO Jr. Featherweight Champion) – Put on a boxing display against the highly regarded Nonito Donaire on April 13 in a Jr. Featherweight showdown, cementing himself as the best in the world at 122lbs.  “Rigo” combination of speed, skills, and defensive prowess rank right up there with anybody in the sport.  What may described as “boring” to some, Rigondeaux’s skills are elite.  Upcoming Bout:  TBA

7.  Timothy Bradley (30-0, 12 KO’s, WBO Welterweight Champion) – Now I know that Bradley is coming off a brutal fight with Ruslan Provodnikov in March, a bout many feel he lost (I felt Bradley deserved the verdict).  That bout followed a highly questionable win over Manny Pacquiao in June 2012.  However, at the end of the day, Bradley did get the verdict in both bouts.  Plus, a closer inspection of Bradley’s record shows that Bradley has fought elite competition at Jr. Welterweight and Welterweight, yet remains undefeated.  Resume matters, and Timothy Bradley’s resume ranks up there with anyone.  Upcoming Bout:  Juan Manuel Marquez, October 12, Las Vegas.

8.  Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) – Still deserves pound for pound status despite his loss to Timothy Bradley and his KO loss to Juan Manuel Marquez.  The truth is that many (myself included) felt Pacquiao lost, and he was winning his bout against Marquez when Manny got caught and put down.  The question is at this point of his career with Manny accomplishing so much, does he have it in him anymore to.  Upcoming Bout:   Brandon Rios, November 23, Macau, China.

9.  Carl Froch (31-2, 22 KOs, WBA/IBF Super Middleweight Champion) – If Andre Ward has fought the toughest competition since 2009, Carl Froch is second on that list.  Since his loss to Andre Ward at the finals of the Super Middleweight Super Six tournament in Dec. 2011, “The Cobra” has been a roll.  He destroyed the highly regarded Lucian Bute in May 2012 via fifth round TKO, made easy work of Yusef Mack last November , and on May 25th, Froch gained revenge by beating Mikkel Kessler by decision in a terrific fight.  At age 35, Carl Froch is on a boxing resurgence and fighting better than ever.  Upcoming Bout:  TBA, though rumors of a rematch against Ward persist.

10. Roman Gonzalez (35-0, 29 KO’s, WBA Jr. Flyweight Champion) – I know that folks will say what about Adrien Broner, what about about “Canelo” Alvarez?  Well, while Broner and Alvarez are terrific fighters, “Chocalitito” Gonzalez is the best fighter in the world that no one knows about.  If you have seen Gonzalez fight, then you’ll understand why he’s so highly regarded.  Gonzalez is loaded with skill and extreme power.  His status is enhanced by his win over Juan Francisco Estrada, who just beat Brian Viloria, previously regarded as the best Flyweight in the world.  Upcoming Bout:  TBA.

Barely missing the list:

– Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s WBA/WBC Jr. Middleweight Champion)

– Adrien Broner (26-0, 22 KO’s, WBC Lightweight Champion)

– Nonito Donaire (31-2, 20 KO’s)

– Mikey Garcia (31-0, 26 KO’s, WBO Featherweight Champion)

– Lucas Matthysse (33-2, 31 KO’s)

– Gennady Golovkin (26-0, 23 KO’s, WBA Middleweight Champion)

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