The Top 10 Pound for Pound best in boxing as ranked by SecondsOut.com for period ending March 30, 2014. The top 10 are listed below with descriptions as to why the each fighter deserved the ranking they recieved.
Pound 4 Pound Rankings as ranked by SecondsOut.com:
01. Floyd Mayweather Jr 45-0-(26): What can you say about Floyd? The way in which he completely dominated Saul Alvarez in his last outing was a pleasure to watch. Even at the age of 36 there is no sign of decline. It seems Floyd will stay the pound for pound king for as long as he chooses.
02. Andre Ward 27-0-(14): Andre Ward proved he belonged in the pound for pound top 10 when dominated the Super Six Tournament from start to finish. The Oakland, California native proved he is the unrivalled No.1 in one of the most competitive divisions in boxing and he once again proved his class in his last outing when he took out the very capable Chad Dawson.It looks like he will have to ether move up in weight or convince one of the middleweight champs to do so.
03. Sergio Martinez 51-2-2-(28): At the age of 37 there is no doubt that Sergio Martinez is in decline and that was never more evident than his last performance against Britain’s Martin Murray. What was supposed to be a memorable home coming in front of his own fans in Buenos Aires nearly became a disaster when he was knocked down twice. He stays at No.3 for now but lets see how he gets on.
04. Timothy Bradley 31-0-(12): Timothy Bradley may have been involved in another controversial fight whilst out-pointing Juan Manuel Marquez on October 12 but at least this time the verdict looked more realistic unlike his points win over Manny Pacquiao. The Marquez win takes him up to No.5 and just maybe next time out he could get a crack at Floyd Mayweather Jr to see who is No.1 at 147lbs.
05. Guillermo Rigondeaux 13-0-(8): After just 13 fights classy Guillermo Rigondeaux is fast establishing himself as a seasoned pound for pound top 10 performer. His dominating 12 round shutout points win over Joseph Agbeko on December proved that. There are some exciting times ahead for the Cuban born boxer and some very big fights.
06.Wladimir Klitschko 61-3-(51): Wladimir Klitschko may not be the most exciting boxer on the planet and his safety first style is not to everyone’s taste but he the fact is he is very good at his job and over the last five or six years no one has come close to defeating him. Last time out he won virtually every round against the previously undefeated Alexander champion Alexander Povetkin, enough said.
07. Gennady Golovkin 29-0-(26): Much like his middleweight rival Sergio Martinez, Gennady Golovkin has bloomed late as a boxer. At the age of 31 the Kazakhstan born boxer did not really come to prominence until he knocked out Milton Nunez to claim the WBA interim middleweight title in August 2010.
Since then the undefeated puncher has quietly and efficiently gone about his business of defending the title nine times. Until now that is. The way in which he has dispatched his last four opponents so impressively with such ferocious two fisted power has earned him the right to a top 10 pound for pound rating. Look to him to become break through as one of the big names in 2014
08. Juan Manuel Marquez 55-7-1-(40): At age 40 Juan Manuel Marquez still has a place in the pound for pound top 10 despite losing a razor thin split decision defeat against Timothy Bradley on October 12. Marquez does not become a bad fighter overnight but he must choose his next opponent very carefully.
09. Manny Pacquiao 55-5-2-(38): It has not been a very good year (last year) for Manny Pacquiao. First he loses a highly controversial 12 round decision to Tim Bradley then he was brutally knocked out by Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez in the sixth round after being ahead on the judges scorecards. But Pac Man recovered to defeat Brandon Rios and set up at least one more massive fight in 2014.
10. Adrien Broner 27-1-(22): Adrien Broner is a great fighter but not, as he he would have you believe, an exceptional one. Yes, he looked the part in running up 27 straight wins but the cracks started to appear during his WBA welterweight title win over Paulie Malignaggi on June 22.
Maybe the move up in weight to 147lbs was a step too far? We were not sure then but when he was comprehensibly beaten by the rugged but limited Marcos Maidana we found out.
Time will tell if Broner belongs in the top 10 elite p4p list. For the time being he will be given the benefit of the doubt.