It's everyone's favorite topic to debate. In a crazy year that has been boxing's best since the late 90's, FightNights has decided to shake up the much debated Pound for Pound list. So get ready to start kicking and screaming, and feel free to take it to Twitter to call us all types of names and bad mouth us for putting together this ridiculous list. Enjoy!
1. Floyd Mayweather (44-0, 26 KO’s)
What more can you say about Floyd Mayweather? He made Canelo look like he had never stepped foot into a boxing ring before. The only way Mayweather loses is going to be at the hands of the judges. They were out for him on September 14th, and luckily his dominate performance left no room for controversy. Next up will likely be Amir Khan, even though all of the fans are against it. Guys like Pacquiao and Bradley would probably interest the public more, however those fights will be considerably tough to make. Mayweather has been on top for years, and nothing changes in 2013.
2. Andre Ward (26-0, 14 KO’s)
Ward’s been inactive since his dominate performance over Dawson last year. He stays at number two because he is the Floyd Mayweather of the super middleweight division. His skills and intelligence in the ring makes him unbeatable right now. He cleaned out the 168 division, and now looks to get back into the ring and re-establish his name as the second best fighter in the world. Next up is undefeated contender Edwin Rodriguez. A victory over Rodriguez may lead to some big fights for Ward in 2014.
3. Wladimir Klitchsko (60-3, 51 KO’s)
Love him or hate him, he’s the third best fighter in the world. There is no heavyweight division anymore because he has wiped them clean. He doesn’t put on the most exciting bouts but he wins with dominate performances every time he steps into the ring. Klitchsko, like Mayweather and Ward, doesn’t seem like he’s losing anytime soon. His next fight isn’t scheduled yet.
4. Sergio Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KO’s)
Inactivity along with an average performance against Martin Murray in April has hurt his rankings on most lists. However he’s still one of the best pound for pound fighters in the world. Injuries have been his Achilles heel, as it has been confirmed that he won’t be back into the ring until June of 2014. He doesn’t have many fights left in him so every fight should be a big one to close out his career. Next up is likely a reformed Miguel Cotto, who will be a dangerous matchup for the older, injury prone Martinez.
5. Timothy Bradley (30-0, 12 KO’s)
This is where the rankings can get tricky. Bradley’s performance over Marquez was masterful. No one has beaten him so soundly since Floyd Mayweather. However how can he be above Pacquiao even though he was dominated by Pacquiao? Well, these rankings are about many different factors, which is why they can get so controversial. Would Bradley beat Rigondeaux if they were the same weight? Probably not. So why is he above him? Well because he “could” beat him. And Bradley right now is on fire. He’s also got wins over Devon Alexander, Lamont Peterson, Luis Abregu, Kendall Holt, Nate Campbell, and Junior Witter. Right now, no one would put huge odds against Bradley against anyone except Floyd Mayweather. So he deserves a high spot on the rankings.
6. Guillermo Rigondeaux (12-0, 8 KO’s)
The fact that HBO was going to refuse to show Rigondeaux fight again was ridiculous. No he’s not the most exciting fighter in the business, but his boxing skills are amazing. Against any fighter in the world he would be threat, including the pound for pound best on this list if they were the same weight. He needs to get some more big fights under his belt in order to move up on this list. He’s only got 12 fights and one huge win over Donaire, which is the main reason he was able to get on most P4P lists. Next up is a tough Joseph Agbeko.
7. Gennady Golovkin (27-0, 24 KO’s)
Why is Golovkin on this list? And so high? Because most people have bought into the hype. He has an outstanding 345-5 amateur record. There’s a lot of people out there that think he could beat Mayweather at 154, Martinez at 160, and even Ward at 168. He knocks people out, and can take a punch. Next year will be huge for him as he should get some of the bigger fights out there. Next up though is a tough Curtis Stevens who might be able to land some big shots on Golovkin and test his chin. It’s believed that Golovkin could be a future PPV star.
8. Adonis Stevenson (22-1, 19 KO’s)
Superman is having a super year. Two knockout wins over two of the best light heavyweights out there have sky-rocketed his boxing career. He’s made a believer out of a lot of people and it’s not getting any easier with Tony Bellew up next. What he did to Dawson and Cloud was nothing short of amazing. Right now he competes with anyone on this list at the same weight. He’s got some boxing skills, great power, and a can take a good shot. If he beats Bellew, Sergey Kovalev could be up in 2014, and that will be a huge test for Superman.
9. Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KO’s)
Who’s ready to give up on Marquez? Not us. Sure he looked older, and very slow against the quick punches and movement of Bradley. But he’s still a threat to anyone in the division. His only losses over the last eight years are to Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, and Timothy Bradley. He may not be on this list much longer, and he may even retire, but right now he stays.
10. Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KO’s)
He’s fallen far on this list, which may be unfair considering his only true loss since 2005 was to Juan Manuel Marquez. The problem is that it was his last fight, and the way he lost was devastating. Since then, other fighters have been moving up, meaning an inactive Pacman coming off a loss has to move down. One has to wonder what the Pacman has left. On November 23rd he’ll face Brandon Rios, a fighter that up until 2011 he would have wiped the floor with. His performance in that fight will determine if Pacman is still Pacman. If he dominates Rios, the sky is the limit in 2014.