3 More Rounds’ P4P Rankings
(As of January 6, 2014)
1. Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KOs)
- Mayweather punctuated a two-fight 2013 campaign with a lopsided decision win over Canelo Alvarez. It was a fight that was one of the most-wanted last year and was surprisingly made pretty quickly. Mayweather however, dominated his much bigger opponent and made it look too easy, showing that even at age 36 (going on 37), is still highly skilled and has not shown much sign of slippage. Without question, Mayweather is still at the top of his game, and still the best fighter in the world.
2. Andre Ward (27-0, 14 KOs)
- After more than a year off, Ward finally returned to action in late 2013 to take on Edwin Rodriguez in defense of his super middleweight crown. Ward has not been very active as of late, and many believe he is wasting away some of his best years, but despite his inactivity, is supremely talented and has essentially cleaned out the 168-pound division. 2014 will be an interesting year for him as he may possibly move up to light heavyweight or accept challenges from the top middleweights including Gennady Golovkin.
3. Timothy Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs)
- Bradley gave fans a good look at his entertaining side when he outpointed Ruslan Provodnikov early in 2013, but then made a huge statement in outboxing Juan Manuel Marquez last October in a pick’em fight. Bradley used his speed, intelligence and plenty of movement to make Marquez look old, despite the big win over Pacquiao in his previous fight. Bradley will be a fighter to watch this year as his options grow larger.
4. Juan Manuel Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KOs)
- Having been out of the ring since his KO of Manny Pacquiao, Marquez looked a little more sluggish in his welterweight showdown against Timothy Bradley. “Dinamita” was competitive in the split decision loss, but it was clear to most everyone that Bradley deserved the nod. Marquez is still one of the best fighters out there but age may finally be catching up with him. Don’t be surprised if 2014 is his final year in the sport.
5. Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs)
- Manny made his return last year after being on the shelf since getting knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez. Having a more disciplined training camp proved helpful as Pacquiao thoroughly dominated Brandon Rios in Macau, China last November. Pacquiao did seem a tad more tentative but he was on his toes and showed effective defense while also remaining aggressive in the later rounds. It remains to be seen if he is fully back, and we may not know for sure until his next fight in April but it’s good to see him back dominating an opponent.
6. Sergio Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KOs)
- The middleweight champion has been nursing an injured knee, for which he underwent surgery. Martinez is slowly recovering and is expected back in the ring in June, possibly against Miguel Cotto. He’s not getting any younger and his body is becoming an issue but until he loses again, is still considered among the best. The Cotto fight, if made, will tell us what he has left in the tank.
7. Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KOs)
- “The Cobra” looked good in outpointing Mikkel Kessler in their rematch in early 2013, but looked a little shaky in his stoppage win over George Groves in late November. In that Groves fight, Froch tasted the canvas and was in trouble on several occasions, but managed to comeback and win the fight, although the stoppage itself was controversial in nature. Still no one holds a tougher fight schedule than the one Froch has taken on over the last few years.
8. Wladimir Klitschko (61-3, 51 KOs)
- Klitschko has been dominant for years now at heavyweight but after finally getting a bout with Alexander Povetkin last October, “Dr. Steelhammer” looked anything but impressive. In fact, Klitschko looked downright awful in a fight that was full of holding and leaning. It was easily Klitschko’s ugliest fight in years but still managed to come out victorious. The 37-year old now awaits his next mandatory challenge and may look to fully unify the titles now that older brother Vitali has essentially walked away from boxing to pursue the presidency of the Ukraine.
9. Guillermo Rigondeaux (12-0, 8 KOs)
- “El Chacal” is a really difficult puzzle to solve. He can be at times explosive and other times tough to find in the ring. He has the skills to be an aggressive fighter, as well as a technical one. It’s part of what makes him exciting to watch and at times, boring, but nonetheless, Rigondeaux wins. His unanimous decision win over Nonito Donaire was extremely impressive though his points win over Joseph Agbeko was another snoozer.
10. Danny Garcia (27-0, 16 KOs)
- Garcia is still on the rise at age 25, but as unified junior welterweight champ, he is must-see TV. He continues to silence his critics with solid performances and has shown the ability to adapt to his opponents to keep winning, despite not having one overly strong attribute. “Swift” is the kind of fighter that does a lot of things well, and the sum of his parts is excellent.
Honorable Mention: Mikey Garcia, Bernard Hopkins, Gennady Golovkin, Adonis Stevenson, Roman Gonzalez