With mega fights coming this 2008 the pound per pound ratings is constantly changing like the price of gasoline. There are still a lot of fights to watch for… Pacquiao-Diaz, Cotto-Margarito, Delahoya-Mayweather 2 and more quality fights we the diehard boxing fans would love to salivate.
I made my own ranking for the top pound per pound ratings although skills and records are things to consider in every rating but those are just tip of the iceberg. Boxing is a modern day gladiator fight in which fans would love their favorite fighter fighting consistently. The more quality fights the bigger fan base.
1. Up for grabs – Mayweather has a perfect record and considered to be the most skilled boxer of today but his legacy turns short when he decided to fight once a year and avoids the top caliber fighter available. He would have solidified his legacy if he challenges Miguel Cotto. Mayweather wants the money and what better way of getting it on an easiest route. For now the no.1 pound per pound is still up for grabs and unless Mayweather makes himself busy this year the no.1 spot is still everybody’s ball game.
2. Manny Pacquiao/ Floyd Mayweather – Although Pacquiao got the nod from the judges in his last fight but the fight was a close one and either fighters could have won it. If Pacquiao demolishes David Diaz and challenges Ricky Hatton in a showdown and came out victorious then Pacquiao easily grabs the top spot. Floyd Mayweather with all his talent and God given abilities still has to proved that he is the no.1 pound per pound king and a date with a slow and older Delahoya doesn’t even proved a point.
3. Miguel Cotto – After moving up in welterweight Cotto has an impressive resume with Carlos Quintana, Zab Judah, Shane Mosley and Alfonso Gomez. A fight with Margarito this July would claim his ticket to no.1 but he has to work hard this time as the Mexican pride Margarito will come out fighting.
4. Israel Vasquez – He is the Super bantam king and will stay there for years. After giving us the best trilogy in boxing Israel Vasquez has a vast of options for his next fight. He could challenge Daniel Ponce Deleon, Gerry Penalosa, Steve Molitor and even a rematch with Jhonny Gonzalez I hope he doesn’t stay inactive for too long.
5. Joe Calzaghe – Out pointing a 43 year old Hopkins may not be so appealing but becoming the first undisputed super middleweight champion of the world tells a lot about Joe. Having 21 title defenses and cultivating an immaculate record of 45-0 with 32 knockouts makes Joe easily the no.1 pound per pound ranking but with only his first fight in the US. Joe still has to build a fan base and make a name for himself there. Vegas is the Mecca of boxing and a showdown with unbeaten phenom Kelly Pavlik would sure install him to no.1. There is already an announcement but there is no date mentioned.
6. Kelly Pavlik – The 26 year old WBO,WBC and Ring magazine middle weight champion will battle it out on June 7 with Welshman no.1 WBO contender Gary Lockett. The undefeated Kelly who gave Jermain Taylor two stained defeats would have to defeat Lockett to pave way for a showdown with Calzaghe. Although Pavlik still has a lot of oppositions to clean up in his division winning against fellow undefeated fighter Joe Calzaghe would bring him instant stardom and instant no.1 spot.
7. Juan Manuel Marquez– The best counter puncher in boxing today. Juanma proved to be the Achilles heel of Manny Pacquiao but with a rematch still uncertain Marquez has to do it the hard way challenging WBO titlist Casamayor to gain the right to challenge Manny in an eventful trilogy.
8. Rafael Marquez – A loss to Israel Vasquez doesn’t take away Rafael’s greatness. He dominated the fight in the early rounds but the persistent Vasquez proved to be too much to handle. Rafael could challenge the other title contenders in the 122 lb division and arrange a fourth episode of their epic battle against Vasquez.
9. Antonio Margarito – Margarito never had the chance to prove himself how good he was. After a failed unification with Mayorga he never had the chance to fight the big names like Delahoya, Mosley, Mayweather and Vargas. Losing his WBO title to Paul Williams Antonio defeated Cintron in a rematch with a body shot to the liver capturing the IBF welterweight title. A showdown with Cotto is already a done deal and now Margarito can now showcase his ware and be on the limelight a spot he’s supposed to be in, long time ago.
10. Bernard Hopkins – We all love to see the executioner hang up his gloves as the fountain of youth is slowly fading on Bernard’s 43 year old body but Bernard won’t be an undisputed middleweight champion for nothing. Hopkins already proved his point that he can match up with younger guys such as Winky Wright and Antonio Tarver. The true master of the game young boxers should learn from Bernard. He uses all the tricks on the sleeves and could counter very well. He is still part of my top ten but he won’t stay there for so long.
I think those top ten boxers have proven their worth and deserve to be credited for their work. Rankings will change and with better and bigger fights to come the top pound per pound is still up for grabs. Winning by knockout doesn’t ensure you the no.1 spot but beating a good top quality boxer does.