Brave New World for Boxing’s Elite?

Pound-for-Pound Top 20

Matt Hamilton

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After the now hotly disputed Pacquiao vs. Bradley fight we’re left with a newish era in the sport of boxing with, commercially speaking at least, the dissolution of a bi-polar ecosystem at the very zenith of the sport. The effective Cold War quagmire of the chronically abortive Mayweather vs. Pacquiao promotion will mercifully give way to wider & more varied permutations within boxing’s most talent laden division(s) [140lbs through 154lbs]. Manny Pacquiao‘s first loss since 2005’s first meeting with legendary Mexican warrior Erik Morales – regardless of your feelings on the validity of the manner in which it arrived – will usher in a period of better sporting times ahead at the highest echelons of the sport.

That Floyd Mayweather has reclaimed his status as the world’s premier boxer is now beyond sane reproach – surely even those claiming a Pacquiao near shut-out victory against Desert Storm must assimilate the reality of the contrasting trajectories of the two future Hall of Famers careers.

Elsewhere Juan Manuel Marquez‘s stellar & consistent excellence is rewarded with his displacement of long time rival Pacquiao at #2 on my list.

Criteria for inclusion within the Pound for Pound Top 20 list below include: a minimum of 20 wins as a professional; must have fought once in the preceding 12 months; must have won in the preceding 18 months & must not be suspended, have admitted to or be under licence withholding status for doping related offenses.

Matt Hamilton’s Pound-for-Pound List 12 June 2012

  1. Floyd Mayweather Junior
  2. Juan Manuel Marquez
  3. Sergio Martinez
  4. Manny Pacquiao
  5. Andre Ward
  6. Timothy Bradley
  7. Nonito Donaire
  8. Amir Khan
  9. Miguel Cotto
  10. Carl Froch
  11. Chad Dawson
  12. Yoan Pablo Hernandez
  13. Adrien Broner
  14. Yuriorkis Gamboa
  15. Saul Alvarez
  16. Orlando Salido
  17. Bernard Hopkins
  18. Wladimir Klitschko
  19. Chris John
  20. Miguel Vazquez
Ineligible for selection: 
Lamont Peterson
Andre Berto
Divisional Rankings (Top 3)
Heavyweight
  1. Wladimir Klitschko
  2. Vitali Klitschko
  3. Robert Helenius
Cruiserweight
  1. Yoan Pablo Hernandez
  2. Marco Huck
  3. Denis Lebedev
Light Heavyweight
  1. Chad Dawson
  2. Bernard Hopkins
  3. Mikkel Kessler
Super Middleweight 
  1. Andre Ward
  2. Carl Froch
  3. Lucian Bute
Middleweight
  1. Sergio Martinez
  2. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr
  3. Matthew Macklin
Junior Middleweight
  1. Floyd Mayweather Junior
  2. Miguel Cotto
  3. Saul Alvarez
Welterweight
  1. Manny Pacquiao
  2. Timothy Bradley
  3. Devon Alexander
Junior Welterweight
  1. Juan Manuel Marquez
  2. Amir Khan
  3. Marcos Maidana/Lucas Matthysse
Lightweight
  1. Miguel Vazquez
  2. Ricky Burns
  3. Antonio DeMarco
Junior Lightweight
  1. Adrien Broner
  2. Juan Carlos Salgado
  3. Takashi Uchiyama
Featherweight
  1. Yuriorkis Gamboa
  2. Orlando Salido
  3. Mikey Garcia
Junior Featherweight
  1. Nonito Donaire
  2. Guillermo Rigondeaux
  3. Abner Mares
Bantamweight
  1. Anselmo Moreno
  2. Jorge Arce
  3. Shinsuke Yamanaka
Junior Bantamweight
  1. Omar Narvaez
  2. Tepparith Singwancha
  3. Yota Sato
Flyweight
  1. Hernan Marquez
  2. Brian Viloria
  3. Pongsaklek Wonjongkam
Junior Flyweight
  1. Roman Gonzalez
  2. Ulises Solis
  3. Kompayak Porpramook
Strawweight
  1. Nkosinathi Joyi
  2. Moises Fuentes
  3. Raul Garcia
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