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New York, NY– In consideration of all the great fights of late, I felt obligated to pay tribute to the sport and give my “two cents” on who I feel are the elite pugilists on the planet. Hence, here’s my opinion of the best boxers in the world within the most meaningful and interesting weight classes. Let’s start with what I believe is the strongest division and take it from there.
Note: This is NOT a top ten list of each division; it’s a list of notable competitors that are worth mentioning among their respective ranks and an opinion on the best possible match up in them, followed by an overall “pound for pound” ranking system. Enjoy and share your thoughts.
Jr. Middleweight (154)
Floyd Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs)
Miguel Cotto (37-3, 30 KOs)
Saul Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KOs)
Austin Trout (25-0, 14 KOs)
Erislandy Lara (17-1-2, 11 KOs)
Vanes Martirosyan (32-0-1, 20 KOs)

Cornelius Bundrage (32-4, 19 KOs)
Keith Thurman (19-0, 18 KOs)
James Kirkland (31-1, 27 KOs)
Alfredo Angulo (21-2, 18 KOs)
Best possible match up: Cotto vs. Alvarez
Welterweight (147)
Manny Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KOs)
Juan Manuel Marquez (54-6-1, 39 KOs)
Robert Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KOs)
Tim Bradley (29-0, 12 KOs)
Andre Berto (28-2, 22 KOs)
Devon Alexander (24-1, 13 KOs)
Paulie Malignaggi (32-4, 7 KOs)
Kell Brook (29-0, 19 KOs)
Marcos Maidana (32-3, 29 KOs)
Josesito Lopez (30-5, 18 KOs)
Victor Ortiz (29-4-2, 22 KOs)
Best possible match up: Pacquiao vs. Marquez
Jr. Welterweight (140)
Danny Garcia (25-0, 16 KOs)
Brandon Rios (31-0-1, 23 KOs)
Mike Alvarado (33-1, 23 KOs)
Amir Khan (26-3, 18 KOs)
Lucas Matthysee (32-2, 30 KOs)
Lamont Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KOs)
Zab Judah (42-7, 29 KOs)
Serhiy Fedchenko (31-2, 14 KOs)
Karim Mayfield (17-0-1, 10 KOs)
Best possible match up: Garcia vs. Rios
Middleweight (160)
Sergio Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KOs)
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-1-1, 32 KOs)
Gennady Golovkin (24-0, 21 KOs)
Peter Quillin (28-0, 20 KOs)
Dmitry Pirog (20-0, 15 KOs)
Felix Strum (37-3-2, 16 KOs)
Best possible match up: Martinez vs. Golovkin
Featherweight (126)
Orlando Salido (39-11-2, 27 KOs)
Mikey Garcia (30-0, 26 KOs)
Yuriorkis Gamboa (21-0, 16 KOs)
Chris John (48-0-2, 22 KOs)
Daniel Ponce De Leon (44-4, 35 KOs)
Gary Russell Jr. (21-0, 13 KOs)
Juan Manuel Lopez (31-2, 28 KOs)
Best possible match up: Salido vs. Garcia
Jr. Featherweight (122)
Nonito Donaire (30-1, 19 KOs)
Guillermo Rigondeanx (11-0, 8 KOs)
Abner Mares (25-0-1, 13 KOs)
Jorge Arce (61-6-2, 46 KOs)
Vic Darchinyan (38-5-1, 27 KOs)
Best possible match up: Donaire vs. Rigondeanx
Super Middleweight (168)
Andre Ward (26-0, 14 KOs)
Carl Froch (30-2, 22 KOs)
Mikkel Kessler (45-2, 39 KOs)
Lucian Bute (31-1, 24 KOs)
Best possible match up: Froch vs. Kessler II
Wladimir Klitschko (59-3, 50 KOs)
Vitali Klitschko (45-2, 41 KOs)
Alexander Povetkin (25-0, 17 KOs)
Jonathan Banks (29-1-1, 19 KOs)
David Price (14-0, 12 KOs)
David Haye (26-2, 24 KOs)
Tomasz Adamek (47-2, 29 KOs)
Tyson Fury (19-0, 14 KOs)
Seth Mitchell (25-1-1, 19 KOs)
Best possible match up: W. Klitschko vs. Banks
Flyweight (112)
Brian Viloria (32-3, 19 KOs)
Hernan Marquez (34-3, 25 KOs)
Best possible match up: Viloria vs. Marquez II
Light Heavyweight (175)
Chad Dawson (31-2, 17 KOs)
Tavoris Cloud (24-0, 19 KOs)
Best possible match up: Dawson vs. Cloud
Lightweight (135)
Adrien Broner (25-0, 21 KOs)
Best possible match up: *Broner moving up and challening any top 140 pounder
Floyd Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs)
Andre Ward (26-0, 14 KOs)
Sergio Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KOs)
Manny Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KOs)
Miguel Cotto (37-3, 30 KOs)
Wladimir Klitschko (59-3, 50 KOs)
Vitali Klitschko (45-2, 41 KOs)
Juan Manuel Marquez (54-6-1, 39 KOs)
Danny Garcia (25-0, 16 KOs)
Carl Froch (30-2, 22 KOs)
Nonito Donaire (30-1, 19 KOs)
Adrien Broner (25-0, 21 KOs)
Possible best match up: Mayweather vs. Pacquiao
Evaluated by: John Signorella


  • Strum got beat by Geale at middle weight. How about a mention for the aussie lad?

  • Steve I agree, however they are not going to televise Klitschko glorified sparring sessions. But fights featuring the best against each other, The K bros, Helenius, Fury, Price, Pulev,(I left out Potvetkin, he’s a paper champ) I’ll take any of those matchups. They are HBO worthy. I knew Mitchell was overrated. Way too sloppy. However I wouldn’t count him out if he sharpens his defense. He does have the eraser. i think they needed to pay more attention to Wilder. He has more of an upside than Mitchell. Taller and seems to be able to box if need be and has a lot of power.

  • Pretty nice piece here. Can’t really disagree with any of it. Look at all those Euros at Heavyweight. This is the new normal for Heavyweight. Europeans have completely taken over. Mitchell will probably need to be removed. HBO is just recruiting athletes from other sports now to get American fans interested in Heavyweight. What an embarrassing fall from grace for their hype-job, Mitchell vs. Banks. Not really shocking. Banks put his time in, Mitchell just started at age 24. That does not work. I think they should just embrace the fact that Heavyweight is a European controlled division now and televise fights of those on this list. Probably won’t happen because Americans won’t watch. Too bad for them. Good stuff out there.

  • 100% on point! Your p4p list is 100% Correct! Manny ducked Shane in 2009,but he is a warrior,and I would like to see him retire. He has been in too many wars.

  • @ KP respect always…good point on the Heavyweights, just feel like the K bros have proven to be “unbeatable” and need mention considering their size and talent. However, I agree with you, the Heavyweight division used to be the goods….in the 90’s, even the “B list” dogs like Bert Cooper and Ray Mercer (at their peak) would most likely be major belt holders in today’s market. At the end of the day, (and I may get a lot of $hit for this opinion), I feel the Heavyweight ranks during that period of the late 80’s to mid 90’s was one of the deepest talent rich ranks it ever had seen. Let’s name drop a bit: (in no order of who I feel is best) Tyson, Holyfield, Lewis, Bowe, Foreman, Moorer, Lewis, Dokes, Holmes, Tua, Cooper, Briggs, Golota, etc…regardless of the aforementioned fighter’s “ups and downs” on a “good night” any of those pugs were capable of turning the lights out on anyone they faced. Hopefully the sport will get there again. However I am very proud of the current talent pool in our sport, there are tons of awesome and entertaing fighters on the planet of late…and agree about Froch, he is what Boxing should be exemplified by: “nuts and guts”!

  • Yo Viloria needs to be in the P4P and Lucas Matthysee > Danny Garcia

  • Very good Pound for pound list, however I’d take the K brothers off the list. The point of pound for pound is if all the fighters were the same size, how you’d rank them hypothetically. When you consider the brothers mainly get by on their size advantage and the division is totally weak, I don’t think it’s fair to put them above guys like Froch. Froch has fought everyone, and while he’s lost a couple he’s fought some really good fighters. While you can’t fully blame the K brothers for lack of competition, it isn’t fair to just give a person a high rating because they keep winning. remember when the heavyweight division had more talent? Well that around the time Vladimir was getting stopped by Sanders, Purrity and Brewster. Vitali’s record has been ok, but when you go 12 with a waaay part prime Shannon Briggs, it doesn’t make you all that special either. They are two great champs, but in a weak division. I think guys should get credit for being in tough. I am bias though because I won’t include any heavyweight on a pound for pound list, and if I was ever to include one it would only be someone who was a career light heavy who moved up to win a legitimate title.

  • would like to see froch-kessler II, banks-adamek II, wlad klit-povetkin, donaire-rigo and broner-a top 140 lber. no longer interested in pac-fmj. would say that kubrаt pulеv is becoming a notable heavyweight also.

  • Todaline,

    I hate Arum, but name one fighter Manny ever ducked. I’ll give you Martinez, although we could hardly call that ducking. Floyd, on the other hand, ‘retired’ when facing the aspects of fighting Cotto, Williams, Mosley, Margarito, etc. He magically ‘un-retired’ after Manny took care of Cotto, Mosley destroyed Margarito, and Martinez crushed Williams. How do you explain that? Bob Arum ‘forced’ him to retire??? One of my favorites is Tito, he fought everyone, no questions asked, even taking on Roy Jones at 168. A huge difference in warrior and reluctant.

  • Haye and Mitchell aren’t really notable heavyweights. Mitchell was a fraud that HBO just pushed because they were desperate for a black American heavyweight. Those days are gone. Go over to Europe to find the good heavyweights now. They need to move forward with the times. Mitchell was an accident waiting to happen. Haye is just in it for the money. He won’t fight anyone but a Klitschko for the pay day and won’t even put forth a decent effort. Banks probably should have a rematch with Adamek now. That would be interesting and notable. He won’t be competitive with Wlad. He’s just a decent heavyweight, no more. Which is all it took to expose Mitchell as the fraud he was. His win was nice but people shouldn’t be too excited about it. It was only a matter of time for Mitchell.

  • @todaline: Seriously? For almost 2 years: Pacquaio has been a shell of his former self. I’m only hard on him because I expect so much more from him because of his once proven extreme talent. Quote: if the recent version of Pac-Man shows up like that against Marquez (e.g. as he did against Mosley, Marquez III & Bradley), he’ll have plenty of time to focus on politics and God because Marquez will KO him within 6 frames…@Richard: I would consider Ward as a #1 P4P guy before Martinez, simply based on the fact that Ward’s fights are not nearly as tough on him…not that the oppenent isn’t good (in Ward’s case, in my opinion; Andre has been matched in more difficult assignments than Martinez) but it’s the fact that Martinez has to WORK really hard to get that “W”, as Sergio has hit the canvas more of late than paint off artist’s brush! Having said that, do you ever see Mayweather or Ward have to work THAT hard? No, they don’t have to because they are on a DIFFERENT masterful level then most people in ANY sport or craft.

  • Richard, oh Richard, when will you FINALLY understand that it takes two to tango (or tangle)? It’s been documented ad nauseam that Arum will NOT do business with FLOYD. It’s out there for you to see, Arum signs/recycles his fighters for Pac, then comes out and makes ridiculous offers to Money, knowing full well that he has no intention whatsoever of seeing his cash cow unable to make him money. Ask Ariza, who knows better than any of us, why the fight isn’t happening. But for most people he who barks the loudest owns the truth, and God knows how loud Bob “yesterday I was lying but today I’m telling the truth” Arum ca bark.

  • Good lists John,

    However, isn’t it about time to move Martinez to #1 and Ward to #1A? These two are heads and shoulders above the rest of the list, including the reluctant Floyd and aging by the hour Pacman. I also have Donaire a bit higher, although he needs to fight Guillermo or Mare next after Arce(farce fight).

  • Todaline,

    Yes, it must really bother you that Manny still fights, ducking nobody, while your boy ‘no longer boxes'(see retire)when it becomes convenient to DUCK tough fights. Tell us, what gutless ducking fraud will you follow when Floyd retires for the 7th time?

  • Klitschko-Banks won’t happen and shouldn’t if Banks is part of team Klitschko. Povetkin-Wlad was signed and should still happen if Atlas and Povetkin ever find their balls.

  • John, how dare you put Pac so low? Man, you’re in big trouble with the Pactrain. Seriously, I’m waiting for the day Pac no longer boxes so the followers of the Pac cult can leave the rest of us to peacefully comment on BOXING.

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