All boxing publications, magazines and organizations seem to have their own version of who is the best pound-for-pound champion.
A Sports Moment in Time is no exception.
I, Caesar Cliffius do hereby decree that Floyd Mayweather, Jr., is the best fighter in the world.
I have listed my top ten fighters on the planet, without regard to weight. You will undoubtedly notice that there is nobody lighter than lightweights in my ranking. I have not been excited about the little guys since Alexis Arguello moved up in class and Salvador Sanchez was killed in a car wreck in 1982. If that offends you, I make no apology. You are certainly free to assemble a list of your own fighters.
Let us take a look at what should be considered from this day forth, the Pound for Pound Top 10 Boxers on the planet.
No. 10 - "Sugar" Shane Mosley
I can hear many of you now: "Shane should be in the top 3."
Shane should not be in the top three.
Perhaps 10 years ago, prior to both of his unfortunate encounters with Vernon Forrest (may he rest in peace). He was undefeated and seemed invincible until he ran into his nemesis of his amateur days. Forrest showed that beating Sugar was no fluke, as he nearly had him out in the second round of the first fight.
Having said that, and mentioning the two defeats at the hands of Winky Wright, Mosley has seemed to rebuild himself to a measure, at least, of his former self. Since his embarrassing loss to Miguel Cotto, he is currently riding a two-fight winning streak, knocking out both Ricardo Mayorga and Antonio Marga"cheato."
I can't see him beating anyone else listed above him in this list, on a pound for pound basis. He still has skills but his age is creeping up and soon he will be finishing his fights in a chair if they go past four rounds. Look for Andre Berto to upset him in a couple of weeks when they fight.
No. 9 - "King" Arthur Abraham
Even though the current IBF Middleweight Champion has held his title since 2005, he was not a household name until he handed out the first defeat to Lajuan Samuel in a battle of undefeateds in March of this year. Worldwide attention came King Arthur's way when he made a believer out of everyone with a dramatic 12-round stoppage of former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor.
The undefeated Abraham has a bout coming up against Andre Dirrell on March 6.
No. 8 - Kelly Pavlik
Kelly Pavlik, the middleweight who has made everyone in his hometown of Youngstown, Ohio forget about "Boom Boom" Mancini, is the reigning WBC and WBO Middleweight Champion.
Pavlik pretty much sleep-walked through his first 31 fights, going the distance only three times. He gained global notoriety by knocking out undefeated middleweight champion Jermain Taylor in seven rounds in 2007. To prove it was not a fluke, Pavlik decisioned him five months later.
He got his comeuppance in a light heavyweight non-title fight with the Executioner, Bernard Hopkins. Hopkins seemingly won every round and cut Pavlik to shreds en route to a unanimous decision.
No. 7 - Wladimir Klitschko
Without a heavyweight in sight who can even put up a show against the "Good Doctor", Klitschko stands with his brother as the two best big men in the world.
They have claimed time and time again that they will never fight each other, which most people can understand.
His skills are very good, he has a real good jab, formidable power and decent defense. He does have a suspect chin as Corrie Sanders displayed to the world in their fight which he won by second round knockout. It was evidenced again by Lamon Brewster, and when he was knocked down three times before decisioning Samuel Peter.
N0. 6 - Juan Manuel Marquez
Marquez was rated as high as No. 2 P4P behind Manny Pacquiao before he fought Floyd Mayweather, Jr. in September. Pretty Boy was much bigger, faster, and stronger, and won a lopsided decision.
He lost a big fight to Pacquiao by a controversial split-decision in March of 2008. Pacquiao won the super featherweight title from him, though many people thought Marquez won the fight, and I was one of those who did.
He holds a win over one of the best fighters in the smaller divisions, Marco Antonio Berrera, and knocked out Juan Diaz to win the lightweight title.
No. 5 - "Bad" Chad Dawson
Light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson has ruled his division since 2007. He has two wins each over former champions Glen Johnson and Antonio "Magic Man" Tarver.
He is considered by many to have the fastest hands in professional boxing. I won't praise him that highly, but he is remarkably fast. He lacks one-punch power, as is evidenced by his one KO in his last five fights.
No. 4 - Paul "The Punisher" Williams
The Punisher has fought as a welterweight, middleweight and super middleweight. His 6'1" frame makes him intimidating to welterweights and he was having trouble finding a marquee matchup. Claims of he being ducked by Mayweather, Mosley and other big names made him go up in weight.
Super fast hands and a devastating knockout punch makes Williams a crowd pleaser. He has only one loss, a unanimous decision at the hands of much shorter Carlos Quintana, which he avenged four month later via a one round knockout.
Some of the bigger names he has defeated include Sharmba Mitchell, Verno Phillips and Winky Wright.
No. 3 - Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins
The Executioner has forged a very good career, especially considering he lost his debut fight. He then reeled off 21 wins in a row before being convincingly decisioned by the great Roy Jones, Jr. in 1993.
He then had a streak of 21 fights without a loss (there was a draw and a no contest sandwiched in) which ended when he fought Jermain Taylor twice in 2005 and lost a decision both times.
Hopkins knocked down undefeated Joe Calzaghe in the first round before losing a split decision. Calzaghe retired undefeated after the fight.
Big names Bernard has beaten include Glen Johnson (his first loss), Simon Brown, Robert Allen (twice), Felix Trinidad, Oscar De La Hoya, Antonio Tarver, Winky Wright and Kelly Pavlik.
No. 2 - Manny Pacquiao
Pacman has been knocking people out since he started at 106 pounds. He moved his way up the weight scale slowly, winning a world record seven titles on the way.
He has two battles with Marco Antonio Berrera, one KO and one decision. He waged three battles with Erik Morales, losing the first and knocking Morales out in other two fights. He fought Juan Manuel Marquez twice; the first was a draw and he won a split decision in the other.
He has four knockouts in a row, stopping David Diaz, De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto.
In my opinion, the only person near his weight class who can beat him is Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
No. 1 - "Pretty Boy" Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
"Money" Mayweather has the fastest hands in the sport, not to mention the slickest defense in history.
He has beaten everyone who has stepped in the ring with him. The bigger names include Diego Corrales, Jesus Chavez, Jose Luis Castillo (twice), Arturo Gatti, Sharmba Mitchell, Zab Judah, De La Hoya, Hatton and Marquez.
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