Floyd Mayweather-Shane Mosley Causes a Shake-Up in Computer Rankings
The best on line resource for boxing information, BoxRec.com recently had a shake up in their P4P computer rankings due to the result of the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs Shane Mosley welterweight showdown.
Some thoughts on the current top 10 fighters in the world...
10. Lucian Bute (26-0-0, 21 KO)
The Romanian born resident of Montreal, Canada has become a major force in the supper middleweight division. His knockouts of Edison Miranda and Librado Andrade have been devastating, and he may be outclassing the members of the Super Six tournament with these performances.
Until the winner of that tournament is available, he will look to other possible opponents including rumors about Bernard Hopkins, or even Joe Calzaghe.
9. Juan Manuel Marquez (50-5-1, 37 KO)
Still the best of what Mexico has to offer, Marquez had a lot of questions to answer after being nearly shut out by Mayweather. You do have to admit though the guy looks a little better after seeing a much bigger man than he beaten just as badly by "Money."
Bottom line, even at his advanced age, we have yet to see Marquez look anything but great at 135 pounds or under, and expect no different in his upcoming rematch with Juan Diaz. Their first match up was a legit fight of the year in 2009.
8. Shane Mosley (46-6-0, 39 KO)
Well, you can add Mosley to the list of Mayweather's victims now. Shane really never got it going after his big moment in the second round, but that seems to be a reoccurring theme with fighters who take on Floyd.
Against mere mortals, Shane is still a very good opponent if he chooses to continue fighting. I would still consider the Andre Berto matchup to be a very even contest if he is interested in going back to that option.
7. Paul Williams (38-1-0, 27 KO)
"The Punisher" has a reasonably tough fight ahead of him this weekend against Kermit Cintron, but is looking ahead to bigger and better things. He has called for a fight with Mayweather for a long time, and he could be one of the tougher available challenges for Floyd. Either way, he'd better take care of business vs. Cintron before he worries too much about who's next.
6. Chad Dawson (29-0-0, 17 KO)
Dawson was risking dropping off the radar it seemed after two wins each over aging fighters Glenn Johnson and Antonio Tarver. He can get back on the track to super stardom fighting another young man in his prime (Jean Pascal) in August.
5. Vitali Klitschko (39-2-0, 37 KO)
Vitali remains a worthy champion but does nothing for his legacy with challengers like Albert Sosnowski, who he fights later this month. He has earned the right to fight whoever he pleases, but expect this one to be a total mismatch.
4. Bernard Hopkins (51-5-1, 32 KO)
Hopkins will retire as one of the all-time great champions of the ring, but let me be yet another to say I hope that he does so sooner rather than later. He has nothing left to prove, and fighting guys like Enrique Ornelas and a completely shot Roy Jones Jr. accomplishes nothing but risking his health.
3. Wladimir Klitschko (54-3-0, 48 KO)
Wlad recently called out brash British champion David Haye. There is legitimate bad blood there, but more importantly than that, Haye represents a legitimate challenge with his speed and power. This could be the first major heavyweight event in a long time, and though it's hard to bet against a Klitschko, Haye may just have the tools to make it very interesting.
2. Manny Pacquiao (51-3-2, 38 KO)
Well all Manny did to lose his top spot was dominate welterweight contender Joshua Clottey pillar to post. It truly is a tough business. He seems to be eyeing a fight with Mayweather to settle the debate in the ring, but we all know what happened the first time these two tried to get together.
Barring that working out, Bob Arum has suggested disgraced former champion Antonio Margarito, which would sell tickets but is a total farce. A better move would be moving down to defend his Ring Mag title against any of the number of young studs at junior welterweight. Tim Bradley in particular would make a fascinating match up.
1. Floyd Mayweather Jr. (41-0-0, 25 KO)
Well, "Money" is back on top of the boxing world at least in the eyes of the BoxRec computers. He thoroughly dominated the great Shane Mosley, and at this point the world appears to be his oyster. Floyd claims he doesn't need Manny Pacquiao to make $30 million.
That may be true, but Pacquiao is still obviously the biggest potential pay day, and for that reason alone it should be seriously considered once again. Other possibilities include a shot at his first middleweight title, against Sergio Martinez, or a fight against Paul Williams, which many hardcore fans have been craving.
While any of these options would be a bold challenge, it's hard to bet against Mayweather at this point. Doing so in the past would have made you wrong 41 times.
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