KP’S POUND FOR POUND NOTES

September 1st, 2013 By Kevin Perry

POUND FOR POUND CRITERIA

  • Recent body of work
  • Level of opposition
  • Margin of victory in relation to the opposition faced
  • Consistency and or body of work over long period
  • Eyeball test                                                                                                                                                                                              

 

FLOYD STILL ON TOP UNTIL HE GETS BEAT!

 

#1-FLOYD MAYWEATHER (44-0, 26 KOs)

Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather

His record speaks for itself,and his level of opposition is top notch.  At the end of the day he just continues to put W’s in the win column. Not always the most exciting fighter to watch, but until someone solves the puzzle he will continue to dominate fights. The object of boxing is not to take punishment but to dish it out. He exemplifies that notion in abundance.

#2-ANDRE WARD (26-0, 14 KOs)(168lbs)
Inactivity almost made me drop him from the list entirely, especially considering he doesn’t have an opponent scheduled. Dominance over top level foes earns the undisputed 168lb champion the spot as one of the top prizefighters. Stopped Chad Dawson (31-1, 17 KOs)  in ten rounds in September 2012. Unfortunately that was the last time he entered the squared circle.

#3-JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ (55-6-1, 40 KOs)(147lbs)
Most significant victory of his career was his last fight over Manny Pacquaio(54-5-2, 38 KOs) (KO 6). Along with that win he has compiled a solid body of work that includes titles at 126, 130, 135, and 140lbs. His longevity in the sport cannot be ignored. Faces Tim Bradley (30-0, 12 KOs) in October for a shot at the WBO 147lb crown.

CUBAN DEFECTOR MAKES TOP FIVE

#4-GUILLERMO RIGONDEAUX (12-0, 8 KOs)(122lbs)
One of the best amateurs in history, a two time Olympic Gold medal winner, the Cuban decisively defeated Filipino star Nonito Donaire (31-2, 22 KOs) (UD12) in April. The fight was considered a toss up by some experts and Donaire was favored as high as 3-1 in sports books. Rigondeaux displayed a plethora of skills in outboxing the Filipino. He wound up unifying the WBO and WBA junior featherweight titles with the victory. The WBA belt he earned in his 9th pro bout stopping then undefeated Rico Ramos (21-2, 11 KOs).

#5-CARL FROCH (31-2, 22 KOs) (168lbs)
Has compiled the toughest schedule in boxing in the last few years. Only losses were to Andre Ward and Mikkel Kessler (46-3, 35 KOs), avenging the defeat to Kessler by unanimous decision in his last outing. Scored impressive wins over two undefeated Canadians; Jean Pascal (27-2-1, 16 KOs) (UD 12) and Lucian Bute (31-1, 24 KOs)(TKO 5).

MARTINEZ AND BRADLEY SLIPPING, BUT STILL IN THE MIX

#6-SERGIO MARTINEZ (51-2-2, 28 KOs)(160lbs)
This elite talent appears to be on the downslide. Maybe it’s age or nagging injuries, but hasn’t lost a fight since losing to Paul Williams (41-2, 27 KOs) by a controversial decision in 2009. Notched six defenses of the linear middleweight crown. Dangerous punching machine Gennady Golovkin (27-0, 24 KOs) is breathing right down his neck and may be the best middleweight. Can’t crown him yet until Martinez loses the title. It’s not if though, its when?

#7-TIM BRADLEY (30-0, 12 KOs)(147lbs)
The third welterweight to make this list. Faces a major test in Marquez, but age should be a factor. The Mexican is 40, Bradley being ten years his junior. Had a tough outing in his last bout versus hard charging Russian, Ruslan Provodnikov (22-2, 15 KOs). Bradley got off the deck in the 12th round to win a close and somewhat controversial decision. Also got a close and unexpected nod over Manny Pacquaio in 2012. His record otherwise is impressive, unifying titles at 140lbs, beating a who’s who of the top junior welterweights at the time including current IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander (25-1, 14 KOs), handing him his first defeat.

#8-LUCAS MATTHYSSE (34-2, 32 KOs)(140lbs)
Arguably boxings hardest puncher who earned the distinction by knocking down every opponent he’s faced. Only two losses are questionable ones in his foes backyards, one split decision to Alexander and another loss to Zab Judah(42-8, 29 KOs). Faces a true litmus test in a potential fight of the year against 140lb champion Danny Garcia (26-0, 16 KOs).

MEXICAN VETERAN CRACKS TOP TEN BY CRACKING ABNER MARES WITH LEFT HOOK!

#9-JHONNY GONZALEZ (55-8, 47 KOS) (126lbs)
One of boxings best punchers has faced the best fighters campaigning in the lower weights. Was a massive underdog August 24th against  highly regarded boxer-slugger and WBC featherweight king Abner Mares (26-1-1, 14 KOs). Surprised those in attendance as well as Mares with a perfect left hook. Mares rose from the knockdown, but at that point the bout was essentially over. Another barrage led to the stoppage in round one. Has had numerous setbacks, but has posted some impressive victories in the last few years including this one. A truly dangerous fighter with power, boxing skills and one of the best trainers in the business, Hall of Famer Nacho Beristain.

#10-SAUL ALVARAEZ (42-0-1, 30 KOs) (154lbs)
While many may not agree, Alvarez has built a pretty solid record thus far in his career. The 23 year old Mexican star can become a phenomenon if he somehow can figure out how to beat Floyd Mayweather on September 14th. If he somehow can make the fight competitive (something I don’t believe he can accomplish) that alone would put a feather in his cap. Has improved immensly as a fighter as proven in his decision win over southpaw Austin Trout (26-1, 14 KOs). Appears to be an almost complete package at this point; good power, quick hands, good combination puncher, and improved head movement and defense. Biggest flaw is lack of footspeed, something that will be a major disadvantage fighting someone as fast and clever as Mayweather.

-Kevin Perry

 

COMMENTS

  1. Hey Kevin, I don’t really have much argument with your ratings except that I would include one of the Klitschko’s at least #10 because of their dominance in the heavyweight division. What I would like to address is the “state” of boxing today and your list confirms my opinion. Does this list really excite boxing fans? It doesn’t excite me at all, maybe I’ve been a fan and involved in the game too long and I’m just bored with it? Just a note: The first fight I watched ( my friends Dad gathered up all the neighborhood kids and his friends and we watched the Gillette fight of the week ) Sugar Ray Robinson’s 2nd comeback fight against Ralph “Tiger” Jones. Jones was the most popular tv fighter of that era, he outworked Ray and won a UD. The only way I will watch Floyd and Canelo is for free, otherwise forget it. Canelo will be lucky to hit Floyd with a “handful of rice”. He does have the “proverbial” punchers chance or Floyd may “get old” that night. I doubt he has the conditioning it would require to carry out a plan to beat Floyd. That plan would require him to put constant pressure, cut off the ring properly, bang the body until he could connect with head shots, all this for 3 minutes a round for 12 rounds. GOOD LUCK!!! Floyd by UD just like Marquez, Mosley, Cotto and Guerrero. Nothing new here, BORING!!!!!

    Jack on September 1st, 2013 at 7:40 PM
  2. Boxing fans were “robbed” of a career defining fight for Floyd, Pacquiao in his prime, 3-4 years ago ( PED’S or not ). Now, we will never know, just another nail in the coffin!!!!

    Jack on September 1st, 2013 at 8:01 PM
  3. This is the kind of list a kid with attention deficit would make. One victory or one loss determine your ranking. Marquez wins 1 of 4 against Pacquiao and he is #3 and Pacquaio unlisted. Johnny Gonzalez lost big to Ponce de Leon less than a year ago, but his one punch victory is enough. Abner Mares is not on the list after a 1-punch ko loss, even though in the last 2 years he has beaten Anselmo Moreno, Vic Darchinyan, Ponce de Leon, Agbeko, etc. Bradley’s last 2 fights were a gift decision against Pacquiao and getting battered around and almost KO’d by Provodnikov. I fail to see how Canelo Alvarez accomplishments are bigger than Danny Garcia or Mikey Garcia. Is Carl Froch better P4P than Nonito Donaire? Really? Carl Froch has lost 2 of his last 7 fights, but he is #5 ! Wladimir Klitschko has not lost in more than 9 years.

    emilio on September 1st, 2013 at 9:28 PM
  4. Interesting list Kevin. I particularly liked your top 5 PFP.

    Mike on September 2nd, 2013 at 6:32 AM
  5. Don’t see how my list is flawed emelio. Mares got stopped in one round. He gets omitted. Gonzalez is 15-1 in his last 16 fights against good opposition. Froch’s only loss recently is to the #2 guy on the list by decision. Bradley beat Pacman and Provodnikov, and has other great wins. Garcia’s best win is against Salido, not enough. D Garcia best is against Khan, that won’t get him there. The K brothers don’t deserve to be there. They get by mostly on size, so of they were the same size as their foes they wouldn’t be dominant. I don’t include heavies for that exact reason. i just think it’s counterproductive to include heavyweights on pound for pound lists. They fight in a division with no limit on weight. You trash Froch, yet he didn’t get stopped in one round like Mares did. I have to take the results into consideration when compiling the lists. Mares had some questionable wins in my mind. You make a good case for Donaire, I will give you that. I maybe could have put him at #10 instead of Alvarez, I feel maybe I was being generous.

    KP on September 2nd, 2013 at 11:42 PM
  6. How can you rank a fighter (Andre Ward) that has not fought a guy in his weight class for over 2 years?? He has nothing upcoming and has said when he fights next it will be a tune up fight. That means this guy will not have fought another super middleweight for nearly 3 years. There are many more deserving fighters than Andre (SOG) Ward. Let him go into announcing full-time. There is nothing to miss here.

    Kurt on September 3rd, 2013 at 5:14 AM
  7. A first round one-punch KO is the worst kind of indicator one could possibly use. It is not the same to beat a guy over 12 rounds and show your superiority than it is to get a one-punch KO. Often, inferior fighters get lucky and get destroyed in the rematch. Also losing to a top P4P guy should not automatically get you off the list. During the last 12 months, Jhonny Gonzalez beat Mares … who beat Ponce De Leon… who beat Johnny Gonzalez. Does that mean that 6 months ago Ponce De Leon should have been on the list? Carl Froch has heart, but the skill level at 168 (except for Ward) is weak. Plus, he did lose 19 months ago to Mikkel Kessler. Going 1 and 1 againt Kessler in 19 months should not get you to #5. Otherwise, you should also rank Mikkel Kessler in the top 10 because he went 1 and 1 with the #5 P4P guy in the world! Lucas Mattysse is exciting but he has lost to 2 of the top 3 fighters he has faced. Danny Garcia at least is undefeated and has beaten Amir Khan and Zab Judah (who beat Mathysse). How many top fighters has Canelo Alvarez beaten to be #10? Mikey Garcia’s level of competition is equal or better than Canelo’s, plus he destroys his opponents instead of getting decisions.

    emilio on September 3rd, 2013 at 3:08 PM
  8. Blah Blah Blah, Emilio…Your points are invalid. Gonzalez stopped Mares in the first round. he’s 15-1 in his last 16, only loss to Ponce. Beat Hasegawa by stoppage, and has been competitive in a number of losses. If you see my criteria, is also says body of work. If you want to argue my points,cool. As far as first round KO’ not being an indicator of success? Gonzalez has beaten a number of good fighters by KO, some of his losses he’s put guys on the deck. Good fighters. If I am looking at recent body of work, he makes a case for himself. You could put 3 or four guys at #10 to replace Alvarez, if you want to argue that fine. I at least explained my criteria. I am sure you have your own. Beating Mares is impressive, as for Froch, Psacal and Bute ranks right up there in my view.

    KP on September 3rd, 2013 at 11:20 PM
  9. Well that is your pound for pound list which is, in my opinion, not a good list…imagine getting Pacquiao out of the list and has Johnny Gonzalez in there? I know he beat Abner Mares but not enough to be in there…..lots of black americans in there but I can understand why.

    Your list is as good as anybody’s list who dare to put one.

    Edroland on September 4th, 2013 at 9:46 AM
  10. Pacquiao was the pound for pound king for five years, one questionable lose and one knocked out is not enough to take him out of top ten, but I agree if he loss to Rios that he does not belong there anymore.

    luke on September 6th, 2013 at 12:42 PM
  11. Pretty good list. Would not have Marquez or Rigo that high. Rigo’s only good win is Donaire, who is overrated imo. JMM is one of my favorite fighters, but I would not rank him that high considering there are people at or around his weight who would likely beat him. Saul has ONE win over someone his size and even that was questionable. He’s top 25 MAYBE. Needs to prove a whole lot more than he has. Gonzalez has a great resume, but he won’t keep that belt very long. Santa Cruz could easily snatch it as could Donaire or Rigo. I would not rule out Mares taking it back in the rematch. You have a lot of the people I would have in the top 10 though.

    Zak on September 6th, 2013 at 5:03 PM

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