Matt Hamilton’s Pound for Pound List Update October 2012

Pound for Pound List October 2012

Matt Hamilton

Floyd Mayweather remains top of Matt Hamilton’s Pound for Pound Rankings with Andre Ward now up to #2.

  1. Floyd Mayweather Junior
  2. Andre Ward
  3. Juan Manuel Marquez
  4. Manny Pacquiao
  5. Sergio Martinez
  6. Tim Bradley
  7. Nonito Donaire
  8. Canelo Alvarez
  9. Miguel Cotto
  10. Carl Froch

Floyd Mayweather Junior retains his position at the head of the pack despite fighting only twice in what is now going on 29 months. Mayweather holds wins over Marquez (#3) & most recently Cotto (#9).

The most significant mover in the list is super middleweight kingpin Andre Ward who won yet more universal accolades in his systematic dismantling of Chad Dawson en-route to a most impressive 10th round TKO victory. The question is whether his star power can emerge along with his obvious ring talents. As Mayweather transcended from boxing superstar to cross-over mainstream superstar in no small part via a highly sellable collision with an established media star in Oscar De La Hoya one feels Ward may need a marketable rivalry to emerge before enjoying greater love from the mainstream. Within the sport’s hardcore fan-base, though, his is a talent whose trajectory is viewed with awe & significant anticipation for what could lay ahead.

The most significant downward mover is Sergio Martinez who despite putting in a polished first 11 rounds against the previously unbeaten Julio Cesar Chavez was badly exposed in the 12th & displayed a fa-liability at odds with his previous lofty status. A fighter who to this point has appeared age proof was for once in living memory on the wrong end of a near-terminal assault from an outmatched yet ever game opponent.

Canelo Alvarez is a new entry at #8 after making short work of Josesito López in the less enthralling of the two September 15 bouts. The 22 year old remains the coming attraction of prize-fighting for years to come. Alvarez‘s current & potential future star power is monumental.

 

Matt Hamilton, for ESNewsReporting!
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