Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather and May's Top Pound-for-Pound Boxers
With Manny Pacquiao easily defeating Shane Mosley on May 7th, the sport of boxing seems temporarily rejuvenated with a ton of new and returning fans feeling the urge to watch more of the sweet science. Unfortunately, outside of Pacman and Floyd Mayweather, casual sports fans may not know who they should be watching.
Hopefully this month's latest edition of our top 10 pound-for-pound power rankings will help new fans know who they should be focusing on, while old fans are encouraged to leave a comment with their thoughts on who should be higher or lower on the list.
10. Amir Khan
Some boxing experts are hesitant to include Amir Khan in their top 10 rankings because there are still major concerns regarding his chin, and everyone is waiting to see him take on another big-name opponent.
While we share some of those same concerns, nobody can deny he is a gifted fighter with natural ability. Freddie Roach has coached Khan into an exciting and fan-friendly fighter who still has a ton of upside at just 24 years old.
We can't wait to see what the future holds for King Khan.
9. Pongsaklek Wonjongkam
Pongsaklek Wonjongkam is a boxer not many Americans are familiar with because he only fights in Thailand and occasionally in Japan. He's a 33-year-old flyweight with 80 fights, including 44 knockouts and just three defeats.
Wonjongkam hasn't actually lost a fight since 2007, and he is a very active fighter. He has already stepped in the ring 16 times since his last defeat.
There's no doubt he'd be a star if he came to America. Sadly, that doesn't seem like it'll ever happen.
8. Andre Ward
Andre Ward's boxing career has been heavily followed since winning the gold medal as an amateur in the 2004 Olympics. Many people questioned just how great of a professional fighter he could be when his record was seemingly being protected throughout nearly the first five years of his career.
Then he joined the Super Six tournament and showed everyone just how talented he really is. Since 2009 Ward has beaten Edison Miranda, Mikkel Kessler and Allan Green.
On Saturday night he'll fight quite possibly the toughest opponent of his career in Arthur Abraham. If he wins, his next opponent will be either Carl Froch or Glen Johnson.
Ward's impressive showing throughout the tournament has made him a huge favorite to win it all, and if he does we could be looking at boxing's next big thing. Unfortunately, he's a skilled boxer with very limited punching power, and some may very well find his style boring to watch.
7. Timothy Bradley
Other than Floyd Mayweather, a case can be made for Timothy Bradley to be known as the top defensive fighter in the sport today. He's a slick boxer with an unblemished record of 27 wins and no losses who is seemingly willing to fight anyone.
The last time he stepped in the ring he schooled fellow unbeaten boxer Devon Alexander, and he hopes to do the same to Amir Khan later this year. While that fight hasn't been made official yet, I don't know anyone who doesn't want to see it happen.
6. Juan Manuel Marquez
Juan Manuel Marquez is 37 years old, he's been in an endless amount of number and here he is still sitting in the top 10 of nearly every set of pound-for-pound rankings in the world. Dinamita is a warrior who will seemingly continue to box until he gets a third fight against Manny Pacquiao.
Luckily for him and fight fans alike, it sounds like he's lined up to be Pacman's next opponent this coming winter.
5. Wladimir Klitschko
Wladimir Klitschko is boring; most Americans hate watching him in the boxing ring, yet he's undoubtedly one of the best boxers in the world today. His style may put everyone to sleep, but there isn't a heavyweight in the world who can do anything about it.
On July 7th he's set to face his toughest opponent in years, David Haye, which has a lot of fight fans excited to see. But ask anyone outside of the UK who they see winning, and there's a 99.9 percent chance they will say Klitschko.
His jab and safety first attitude are admittedly extremely boring, but it's also nearly impossible to beat.
4. Nonito Donaire
The Filipino Flash has lightning-fast hands and the knockout power to end an entire fight against anyone with just one punch.
Nope, we're not talking about Manny Pacquiao. We're talking about Nonito Donaire.
He only has 26 fights on his professional record right now, but he's already beaten everyone of any significance in the bantamweight division.
Big things and super stardom may await Donaire in the future if he's willing to go up in weight like fellow Filipino Manny Pacquiao has done throughout his career.
3. Sergio Martinez
Over the past two years Sergio Martinez has quickly become recognized as the third-best fighter in the world behind only Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. When you watch Maravilla fight, even the untrained casual sports fan will quickly see he has the natural skills and ability that only a tiny percentage of boxers are born with.
Martinez was a late bloomer, and his age can be very deceiving. He may already be 36 years old, but he has just recently hit the prime of his career. His impressive one-punch knockout of Paul Williams in November of 2010 will go down in history as one of the best ever.
If Martinez is willing to move up to super middleweight or down to light middleweight, there are a ton of exciting fights to be made.
2. Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Floyd Mayweather has been inactive for over a year, which has dropped him off some pound-for-pound rankings, but he's not going anywhere on ours. Money May has already discussed a number of potential fights for this autumn/winter and has proven in the past that ring rust has no effect on him.
He has been rumored to fight Victor Ortiz later this year, which should be a fairly easy victory for Money May. There are only two fighters in the world right now who would have any chance against Mayweather: Sergio Martinez and Manny Pacquiao.
Whether Mayweather will ever gain enough courage to fight either of them remains to be seen.
1. Manny Pacquiao
Manny Pacquiao sitting atop the pound-for-pound boxing rankings should be a no-brainer. He has fought and dominated every fighter willing to step foot in the ring with him. Our only concern is that he may have run out of potential opponents willing to fight him.
His next fight is rumored to be yet another rematch against Juan Manuel Marquez later this year. While this bout would probably have some early-round fireworks, does anyone honestly think Marquez would stand a chance?
He may have given Pacman problems a few years ago, but Pacquiao is clearly a way better fighter than he was the last time they fought.
Sergio Martinez is seemingly unwilling to meet Manny at a catch-weight, and popular opinion seems to believe Floyd Mayweather is too scared to fight him. Without quality opponents, Pacquiao may be forced into a quicker than expected retirement.