Bleacher Report Boxing Pound-For-Pound Rankings: Feb 2009
The February Bleacher Report Boxing Pound-for-Pound rankings are in.
I asked the top 10 writers to submit their personal rankings and averaged them out. The results may surprise you.
Next month I will ask each of you to write a short paragraph about one of the top 10 boxers to get different opinions than mine.
So without further ado...
1. Manny Pacquaio
Manny hasn't had a fight in the last month, at least not one in the ring. His on-again, off-again May bout with Ricky Hatton has had fans wondering if these two were ever gonna fight.
A victory over the Hitman should cement Manny's spot as the best pound-for-pound boxer, anywhere on the planet.
2. Juan Manuel Marquez
Manny's B side comes in at No. 2 on our list. His upcoming showdown with Juan Diaz should be very exciting. Marquez has pushed Pacquaio to the limits in their two meetings, and is a awesome offensive fighter.
At 34 he may be getting long in the tooth, but Feb. 28 should answer that.
3. Joe Calzaghe
The fighting pride of Wales makes his final appearance in our pound-for-pound rankings due to his impending retirement.
It is not unexpected, as he was left without a big fight. He retires undefeated, one of the few fighters in history to go out on top.
His last two victories over Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones were impressive, but would have been better received had they taken place several years ago.
4. Bernard Hopkins
Say hi to the bad guy.
Hopkins doesn't have an official fight scheduled for anytime soon, so his next move is anybody's guess. What's not a guess is how he got the No. 4 spot, with his dismantling and undressing of the previously unbeaten Pavlik.
5. Shane Mosley
Sugar Shane re-enters the rankings after being out of all pound-for-pound rankings for quite some time. His beatdown of last month's number six guy, Antonio Margarito, was a thing of beauty. His next move may be a matchup against Floyd Mayweather Jr., or the winner of Pacquaio/Hatton.
6. Miguel Cotto
Cotto enters our rankings without winning or losing a fight. With the Margarito hand-wrap controversy swirling around, who knows if he could still be undefeated or not?
Either way, our writers have given him the benefit of the doubt. He is on the list, and Margarito isn't.
7. Israel Vazquez
After his brutal wars with Rafael Marquez, Vasquez has taken some much-needed time off.
A return in '09 against either Marquez or old nemesis Larios might be on the horizon after a tune-up fight.
8. Rafael Marquez
The other Marquez brother debuts on our list at No. 8. A fourth fight with Vazquez may prove once and for all who is the better amongst these two warriors. Either way, fans will be awaiting his next move.
9. Paul Williams
The three division threat has an upcoming showdown with Winky Wright. This will truly be a battle of two of the most ducked fighters in recent boxing history.
A win over Wright should open up some big names for Williams, who is in search of big fights.
10. Wladimir Klitschko
Dr. Steelhammer is rumored to be fighting former Cruiserweight Champion David Haye.
If this one comes off it should be the sternest test Klitschko has faced in recent memory. If not, look for him to take on young Chris Arreola who is a raw, up-and-coming prospect.
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