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The Pound-for-Pound Top Fifty

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One of the easiest ways to get into a debate on boxing is to try and rank the sport’s top practitioners on a pound-for-pound basis. Everyone’s got an opinion and there’s no way to definitely determine who’s right and who’s wrong. Sure Wladimir Klitschko would defeat Manny Pacquiao if they fought each other -- Klitschko outweighs Pac Man by 100 pounds! But if - and this is the big if – Klitschko and Pacquiao were in the same weight class and were to match their skills against one another in the ring, which fighter would emerge victorious?

Every boxing enthusiast has seen pound-for-pound rankings in various magazines, on the Net and perhaps even on TV. Most of these lists include only ten fighters. Occasionally, you’ll see a pound-for-pound top twenty. So why stop at twenty? In order to provide even more fodder for conversation and debate, here is a pound-for-pound ranking of the top fifty fighters in the world today.

1. Floyd Mayweather Jr. (154)
2. Andre Ward (168)
3. Manny Pacquiao (147)
4. Timothy Bradley (147)
5. Juan Manuel Marquez (147)
6. Sergio Martinez (160)
7. Wladimir Klitschko (Heavy)
8. Guillermo Rigondeaux (122)
9. Gennady Golovkin (160)
10. Mikey Garcia (130)
11. Danny Garcia (140)
12. Nonito Donaire (126)
13. Carl Froch (168)
14. Vitali Klitschko (Heavy)
15. Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez (154)
16. Roman Gonzalez (112)
17. Leo Santa Cruz (122)
18. Lucas Matthysse (140)
19. Jhonny Gonzalez (126)
20. Abner Mares (126)
21. Adrien Broner (147)
22. Miguel Cotto (154)
23. Adonis Stevenson (175)
24. Marcos Maidana (147)
25. Miguel Vazquez (135)
26. Anselmo Moreno (118)
27. Adrian Hernandez (108)
28. Takashi Uchiyama (130)
29. Evgeny Gradovich (126)
30. Yuriorkis Gamboa (135)
31. Erislandy Lara (154)
32. Keith Thurman (147)
33. Sergey Kovalev (175)
34. Shawn Porter (147)
35. Mikkel Kessler (168)
36. Bernard Hopkins (175)
37. Mike Alvarado (140)
38. Orlando Salido (126)
39. Lamont Peterson (140)
40. Juan Francisco Estrada (112)
41. Raymundo Beltran (135)
42. Jean Pascal (175)
43. Ruslan Provodnikov (140)
44. Amir Khan (140)
45. Marco Huck (200)
46. Robert Guerrero (147)
47. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (160)
48. Omar Narvaez (115)
49. Argenis Mendez (130)
50. Antonio DeMarco (135)

 

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