Brave New World for Boxing’s Elite?

Pound-for-Pound Top 20

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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)
  1. Wladimir Klitschko
  2. Vitali Klitschko
  3. Robert Helenius

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Game Over: Is the PacMan Era Finished?

Is Pacquiao’s Sub-par Performance The Beginning of the End?

Another option we considered was to declare the No. 1 position vacant and demand that the principals fight one another to determine the pound-for-pound king, which would’ve been the easiest way to deal with this dilemma.”

Michael Rosenthal, The Ring Magazine

Manny Pacquiao under trainer Freddie Roach has enjoyed an historic run of high profile victories.

Pacquiao’s exceedingly divisive majority decision triumph over indomitable Mexican warrior Juan Manuel Marquez Saturday was remarkable on numerous levels. Marquez managed to turn in the pugilistic recital of a lifetime – at fully 38 years of age – Dinamita was simply splendid in waging an ultra-effective multi-pronged attack against the fighter who entered the MGM Grand as the consensus pound-for-pound #1 boxer in the world. Having said that & noting too that Marquez was always bound to cause Pacquiao a certain level of frustration stylistically on the evidence of their prior two meetings – something was unmistakably amiss with the Fighting Pride of the Philippines.

Forget largely non-instructive direct comparisons of the manner of & ease with which Floyd Mayweather saw off the JM Marquez challenge with the unambiguously less comfortable evening endured by Manny Pacquiao against the same opponent – boxing is always as much a stylistic clash as it is an athletic one. No, what concerns me more – from Pacquiao’s perspective – was the nonappearance of the explosiveness which was the hallmark of his historic roll call of victories over Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, Joshua Clottey & Antonio Margarito.  This violent explosiveness rendered the aforementioned anthology of former world champions little more than extraordinarily well remunerated punching bags.

Twenty four years ago a similarly dormant classically expert pugilist strategically bided his time whilst an

Floyd Mayweather Junior

Floyd Mayweather was given much cause for optimism from Saturday's events at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

incumbent, reigning champion of the brawler/slugger vintage underwent the inevitable waning of his powers – a consequence of facing the entirety of the premium competition his historic epoch had to offer one after the other. One suspects Floyd Mayweather Junior may have undergone a qualitatively analogous internalized epiphany to that Sugar Ray Leonard had experienced ringside at Hagler vs Mugabi as he witnessed a formidable champion secrete signals suggesting his biological clock of sporting prominence was pulsating to its all too mortal conclusion.

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Boxing’s Pound for Pound

Boxing’s 30 Best Fighters Pound for Pound

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Knocking on the door: Robert Helenius 16-0-0 (heavyweight); Carlos Molina 19-4-2 (junior middleweight); Erislandy Lara 15-1-1 (junior middleweight); Lamont Petersen 29-1-1 (junior welterweight) & Abner Mares 22-0-1 (bantamweight).

Canelo Saul Alvarez

Canelo Alvarez heading toward the upper tiers of Pound for Pound greatness. Still only 21.

30. Pongsaklek Wonjongkam 82-3-1

29. Mikkel Kessler 44-2-0

28. Kelly Pavlik 37-2-0

27. Chris John 45-0-2

26. Felix Sturm 36-2-1

25. Brandon Rios 28-0-1

Brandon Rios Bam Bam

Bam Bam: Brandon Rios on the Charge Up The Pound for Pound Ranks.

24. Tavoris Cloud 23-0-0

23. Tomasz Adamek 44-2-0

22. Andre Berto 28-1-0

21. Victor Ortiz 29-3-2

Top 20

20. Jean Pascal 26-2-1

19. Vitali Klitschko 43-2-0

18. Alfredo Angulo 20-1-0

17. Wladimir Klitschko 56-3-0

16. Chad Dawson 30-1-0

15. Carl Froch 28-1-0

14. Canelo Alvarez 38-0-1

13. Yuriorkis Gamboa 21-0-0

12. Marcos Maidana 31-2-0

11. Miguel Cotto 36-2-0

Top 10

10. Lucian Bute 29-0-0

9. Amir Khan 26-1-0

8. Timothy Bradley 27-0-0

7. Andre Ward 24-0-0

6. Juan Manuel Marquez 53-5-1

5. Bernard Hopkins 52-5-2

4. Floyd Mayweather Junior 42-0-0

Floyd Mayweather Trash Talking

Floyd Mayweather's Lack of Ring Time Costs Him A Higher Placing in Our Rankings.

3. Nonito Donaire 26-1-0

2. Sergio Martinez 47-2-2

1. Manny Pacquiao 53-3-2

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