Los Angeles, CA-Many so-called boxing experts and journalists have their own criteria for what makes an elite fighter. “Pound for Pound” is an overused term that promoters look for to sell their guys to the public. I believe that the quality of opposition is the biggest sell when it comes to being referred as a pound for pound level fighter. If you don’t seek out the best challenges or fight the best fighters available, how can you consider yourself to be a great pugilist? Nowadays too much emphasis is based on how many losses a boxer has on his ledger, when more emphasis needs to be given to fighters who take risks against a wide variety of styles of opposition. A boxer will most likely always look good against a come forward brawler, especially if the boxer is defensively sound. The puncher will do well against a fighter with little punch resistance. ¬†And the prizefighter who excels against a multitude of styles, exemplifies what it means to be on the ‘pound for pound’ list. And oh yeah, winning consistently doesn’t hurt your cause, nor does performing exceptionally in big fights.


Mayweather Still On Top, But For How Long?

1. Floyd Mayweather(43-0, 26 KOs) (154 lbs)- Floyd appears to be slipping a bit, doesn’t move as much and is more willing to trade punches. This is what makes a fighter great. When his physical attributes and reflexes begin to erode, an older fighter normally has to rely more on skills. Floyd, fortunately for him, still has the fundamentals to be the best boxer in the world.

2. Andre Ward (25-0, 13 KOs) (168 lbs)- Ward won the Super Six World Boxing Classic tournament comfortably and fought all the top fighters in the division at the time. Defeated Carl Froch another fighter who makes the list. A 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist, Ward’s skills are top notch, and his willingness to face the best gets him this spot. If he beats Chad Dawson convincingly in September he may overtake Mayweather at #1 because of the large gaps of inactivity and Floyd handpicking the opposition.

3. Sergio Martinez (49-2, 28 KOs) (160)- Has looked stellar in stopping his last four opponents. Suffers on this list only because of a weak division. The fight on September 15 against a much improved Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-0-1, 32 KOs) should be difficult.


4. Manny Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KOS) (147)- Manny is obviously one of the best fighters in the world, but based on his close win versus Juan Manuel Marquez and the loss to Tim Bradley, it’s hard to rank him above the aforementioned three. Hasn’t been impressive lately against elite opposition, and he lost a close fight to Bradley that in my opinion could have gone either way.

5. Nonito Donaire (29-1, 18 KOs) (122)- Has received criticism for his the level of opposition in his last three bouts, but you can’t ignore how impressive he was in his two biggest fights. “The Filipino Flash” has won belts from flyweight (112) up to super bantamweight (122) where he currently resides and deserves a lot of credit for that. Hard to put him ahead of men who’ve fought better opposition recently, and looking good against them. In addition, Donaire appears to be running from 122 lb. fellow champ Guillermo Rigondeaux.

6. Tim Bradley (29-0, 12 KOs) (147)- Most observers though he lost to Pacquiao clearly, while I disagree. Other than that bout and the one with Kendall Holt, Bradley clearly dominated every other opponent and has fought some solid guys in his reign at 140.

7. Carl Froch (29-2, 21 KOs) (168)- Destroyed Lucian Bute (30-1, 24 KOs) in May, who was considered by many to be the world’s second best 168 pound fighter. Lost a wide decision to Ward in the Super Six Finale, but has probably the best overall resume in boxing in terms of quality of opposition.

8. Juan Manuel Marquez (54-6-1, 39 KOs) (140)-Marquez’s pattern of only fighting twice a year hurts him in my opinion. He hasn’t had a meaningful win since beating Juan Diaz in 2010. Many people thought he was robbed against Pacquiao in 2011, however I believe he lost a close fight. Still a great fighter, but seems only interested in fighting Pacquiao and no one else. Looked pedestrian in his last outing against Serhiy Fedchenko (30-2, 13 KOs).

9. Chad Dawson(31-1, 17 KOs) (175)- I felt reluctant to put him here, but the numbers don’t lie. Chad’s beaten a solid number of light heavyweights, including beating¬†Tomasz Adamek (31-0 at the time) to win his first title. His only loss was to Jean Pascal(26-2-1, 16 KOs), a loss I feel he needs to avenge. Lacks focus at times in fights which may be a major problem in his matchup with Andre Ward in September.

10. Anselmo Moreno (33-1, 12 KOs) (118)- Great blend of skills and defense and has been on quite a run. This is a case where you have to rate a fighters skills, Moreno has them and there’s a reason fighters around his weight aren’t lining up to fight him. Outboxed Vic Darchinyan (37-5-1, 27 KOs) with ease in December 2011.

*I do not include Heavyweights on my Pound for Pound lists.

-Kevin Perry


  • Mike, Ward can only fight the guys available. He fought and defeated the best in his division, unlike most fighters who basically fight handpicked or over the hill fighters. juan Manuel Marquez is a perfect example of “What have you don for me lately?” He hasn’t won a meaningful bout in years.Floyd beat Cotto, but Cotto hasn’t won a meaningful fight in years as well. Ward’s faced and beaten the best opposition of the bunch in the last 18 months and that speaks volumes. You don’t have to beat pound for pound fighters to get in the top ten.It’s usually pretty clear that the number two fighter in any division never makes top ten, only the best guy in the division. Froch makes it because every fight he engages in is against an elite fighter. Some of these other guys are fighting guys in their division that are barely ranked, and I can’t give a guy too much credit for what they did four years ago. The last 18 months of a fighters career deserves more consideration than anything else. In the case of Floyd, he’s still unbeaten so it’s hard for him to be surpassed.

  • Dawson elite? Really? Didn’t he lose to Pascal? Ward should definitely be up there. Those fights in the Super Six are fights that would have took 10 years for all of them to have been made. No one was washed up and all were good fighters. Boxing should be set up tournament style between the top 6 or 10.

  • Ward probably deserves top five, but not as high as two. Froch should be at ten or slightly outside of the top ten. Anybody who cleans out their division obviously deserves P4P top 10 consideration. And Ward deserves some extra style points for the manner in which he breezed through the tournament, but let’s not forget: before the tournament, nobody in the Super 6 was in the top ten! At best, maybe Abraham would have been in the top 15 P4P based on his accomplishments at 160. They fight each other at 168. Ward emerges as the clear winner. Froch and Kessler emerge as the “runner-ups”. All the sudden there are two 168lbers in the top ten? Where is the logic behind that? I am not totally convinced Ward has it quite as easy against Dawson, who will be the first elite level opponent Ward has ever faced.

  • Pound for pound lists are as subjective as it gets, so I can’t question your choices. My list would include Rigondeaux.

  • @1200 Donaire is an HBO fighter so he will fight a washed up Arce …

  • Great list KP and I like yor arguement for each one. I think Donaire should fight Anselmo Moreno instead of taking on Arce…He wants to be considered elite, the Flash needs to step up to the best around his weight class..Moreno was borderline on my list but I included two heavyweights on mine! I have pretty much the same guys you have in different order…

  • I Don’ t include heaviest because pound for pound was started for Ray Robinson. Everyone knew he was the best, but obviously he couldn’t fight heavies. The fact that heavies get by on their size, and many fights are determined because of size and power, it’s hard for me to include them. I don’t know, but to me pound for pound is an homage to lower weight fighters in my opinion. Just don’t think the big guys are all that skilled in comparison.

  • John Signorella

    1. Flyod Mayweather
    2. Sergio Martinez
    3. Manny Pacquiao
    4. Andre Ward
    5. Juan Manuel Marquez
    6. Wladimir Klitschko
    7. Vitali Klitschko
    8. Carl Froch
    9. Miguel Cotto
    10. Danny Garcia
    *I have to include the heavyweights because I’m considering “pound for pound” rankings here and also cannot belittle what the Klitshcko’s have accomplished*

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