Boxing: My Top Ten Pound-For-Pound Fighters

EJ ClaudioCorrespondent IDecember 14, 2008

Everybody has their own list of who should be included in the pound-for-pound rankings. We all have our own opinion and we, more often than not, debate about it.

Here is my Pound-for-Pound list:


1. Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao

The Pacman had three fights this year in three different divisons, and he won them all. What more can you ask for in Pacquiao? He is still proving his worth and currently awaits Ricky Hatton and Floyd Mayweather Jr.


2. "The Pride of Wales" Joe Calzaghe

Joe bested two Hall of Famers in the ring this year, beating both Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr. After being knocked down by both fighters in the first round, Joe showed his heart in overcoming those knockdowns and winning the fight.


3. Juan Manuel "Dinamita" Marquez

He lost to the Pacman earlier this year in controversial fashion, then went up to the Lightweight division and knocked out Joel Casamayor. The way he outboxed the veteran was spectacular.


4. Antonio "Tony" Margarito

He knocked out two tough hombres this year in Kermit Cintron and Miguel Cotto. Tony is being considered by some to be the best welterweight this year. A match against Paul Williams will be very interesting.


5. Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins

B-hop defied age and schooled Kelly Pavlik in his recent match. The odds were all against Hopkins, but he showed resilience and dominated the younger fighter.


6. "Dr. Steel Hammer" Wladimir Klitschko

One of the very active fighters that we have, he fought three times this year and won them all. He is a very skilled heavyweight with a killer right hand, and his left jab is one of the best.


7. Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton

After his loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr., Ricky Hatton redeemed himself this year by beating Juan Lazcano and dismantled Paulie Malignaggi. The Hitman showed improvement under the tutelage of Floyd Mayweather Sr.


8. Israel "Magnifico" Vasquez

His trilogy with Rafael Marquez was a classic. There was never a dull moment in their fights. Israel Vasquez proved to be the tougher little man by winning their last fight.


9. Paul "The Punisher" Williams

He fought three times this year as well, and won each bout by knockout. Paul Williams has good boxing skills and is a very big welterweight. A fight with Margarito is certainly something to look forward to.


10. "Bad" Chad Dawson

Undefeated Chad Dawson is one of the best fighters in the light heavyweight division. He dominated Antonio Tarver and had a close fight against Glen Johnson. Chad is hoping to get a fight against Joe Calzaghe.


My list is based on the performance and quality of opponents that these fighters had for this year. Next year is a different story.