Friday, February 12, 2016

Boxing's Top Eleven Pound For Pound Fighters

Some just stand out from the crowd

Here it is - the updated list of boxing's top eleven fighters. Why eleven? Why not, I ask you, why not?

  1. Manny Pacquiao - The choice of placing Manny here at the top may certainly be unpopular. Indeed, we're about to see if the man still has it when he faces Tim Bradley for the third time this April. Until at least then, however, he belongs here. A loss to Mayweather is the last thing to be ashamed of, after all. And unless it's proven otherwise, PacMan is still rightly regarded as a great fighter.
  2. Sergey Kovalev: Scary. That's the word I use for this man. Scary. His destruction of Jean Pascal a few weeks back exposed a ruthlessness that hasn't been seen in the sport in a while. What's more, the light heavyweight powerhouse has the skills to back that ruthlessness up with. Truly notable. 
  3. Andre Ward: Love him or hate him, this guy's the goods. Sure, it's frustrating to watch his career meander on, but he delivers in the ring where it counts. Will he fight Kovalev? Honestly, I have no idea. Here's hoping.
  4. Roman Gonzalez: Yeah, I'm with the rest of the pack here in cheering him on. This guy is something else. Powerful, aggressive and fun, "Chocolatito" is the entire package. Indeed, he may be the small man to put the lower levels of the divisions in the spotlight - where they belong. 
  5. Gennady Golovkin: A true monster who has the talent and the craftsmanship to back up his power. I'm still not sure what I find more impressive, GGG's punching or his calculating and effective footwork. A man deserving of the attention he's receiving. 
  6. Timothy Bradley: Call him past his prime all you want, this guy looked great the last time out. Yeah, Brandon Rios wasn't his best that night, but Bradley's stunning performance can't be ignored. With trainer Teddy Atlas in his corner, Bradley's third go round with Pacquiao may indeed be a true pick 'em fight.
  7. Guillermo Rigondeaux: Talented and popular fighters would rather look bad in the public eye than face him. Enough said. 
  8. Keith Thurman: Face it, the guy they call One Time has proved impressive up until now. Real impressive. Sure, he had some tough moments against Luis Collazo, but even the greatest of fighters have their down moments. Thurman's upcoming bout with Shawn Porter should show just what he's made of. 
  9. Amir Khan: This isn't a joke. Khan's some kind of fighter (flaws and all). He hasn't been too active and Chris Algieri gave him quite a run, but ask yourself this - would anyone give Canelo a chance of winning against Khan if the Mexican were a natural welterweight? 
  10. Kell Brook: People may be growing tired of waiting to see what the Englishman is capable of doing - or not - but let's cut the strong and skilled Special K a little slack here. He's badly wanted a fight with Amir Khan, who, it seems, simply hasn't been overly interested. At least he's trying.
  11. Terence Crawford: Like Thurman, it's hard to tell just how good the guy is at the moment. As it stands, however, his fights and resume prove that he certainly deserves to be on this list. 

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