Las Vegas, NV-It’s apparent that the popularity of boxing in the US has been waning for quite a few years now. Many of the world’s top fighters are from foreign shores and the USA boxing amateur team failed to medal in the 2012 games. Out of that squad the only fighter who appears to have title winning potential is Errol Spence (11-0, 9 KOs). In 2008 we had heavyweight Deontay Wilder (30-0, 30 KOs) win the Bronze medal amidst a very limited amateur career.

Deontay "The Hope" Wilder

Deontay “The Hope” Wilder

While the 6’7 Wilder’s record appears to be impressive, Deontay, who is trained by Mark Breland, a 1984 Olympic Gold medalist, has yet to beat a viable contender and he’s been a professional since 2008. This list is an effort to highlight the best talent we do have here, even though it’s future prospects leave something to be desired. While Floyd Mayeather is still at the top at 36 years of age, it remains to be seen if the talent is there to carry the torch. The fact that Bernard Hopkins continues as one of the best in the country and worldwide highlights both the lack of depth in talent in the US and that Hopkins remains a marvel at age 49. Here is a breakdown of pound for pound the best fighters in the United States.

1.Floyd Mayweather (45-0, 26 KOs) 147lbs

2.Andre Ward (27-0, 14 KOs) 168lbs

3.Timothy Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs) 147lbs

4.Danny Garcia (27-0, 16 KOs) 140lbs

5. Bernard Hopkins (54-6-2, 32 KOs) 175lbs

6. Mickey Garcia (34-0, 28 KOs) 130lbs

7.Peter Quillien (30-0, 22 KOs) 160lbs

8.Robert Guerrero (31-2-1, 18 KOs) 147lbs

9.Adrien Broner (27-1, 24 KOs) 147lbs

10.Shaun Porter (23-0-1, 14 KOs) 147lbs

-Kevin Perry


  • 1.Floyd Mayweather Jr.
    2.Andre Ward
    3.Bernard Hopkins
    4.Timothy Bradley
    5.Danny Garcia
    6.Wladamir Klitshko
    7.Sergio Martinez
    8.Juan Manuel Marquez
    9.Manny Pacquiao
    10.Guillermo Rigondeaux

    The most exciting to watch and potential stars:
    1. GGG
    2. Kovalev
    3. Providnokov
    4. Adonis Stevenson
    5. Leo Santa Cruz

  • kurt, going by your logic (is there any, really?) Mayweather should’ve lost to Cotto. After all he knew going into the fight that he’d be going to jail after that. As for Corrales “eating a jumbo roast beef sandwich” 30 minutes before the fight, somehow you find a way to pin that on Mayweather. How? How can you blame Mayweather for Corrales’ lack of discipline? Wow, just wow.

  • Come on guys. Get over it. Mayweather is the best fighter you have ever seen. And you know it!

  • When Mayweather fought Corrales, it was tainted. Corrales was going to jail for 2 years days after the fight. He had no incentive to win. Watch a tape of the fights , about 30 minutes before the fight Corrales is in the dressing room eating a jumbo roast beef sandwich.

  • I agree with your list for the most part but I’d but Quillen at the bottom
    He hasn’t done anything in my opinion and will lose to the other titlists

  • I consider Ward above Mayweather based on body of work and probably Hopkins as well. IMHO it’s not about looking spectacular against guys you should beat, it’s about fighting the best in the division (Ward) and even upsetting the odds (Hopkins).

    Don’t get me wrong, Mayweather’s a phenomenal talent but aside from the Corrales fight, which I give him full credit for, I can’t think of a fight where, going in, I couldn’t pick a winner.

    Ward dominating Kessler, Froch, Dawson, et al I think is far more worthy of the #1 spot.

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