By Cliff Rold
Halfway through the year, it’s as good a time as any to take a snapshot of the best of the best across boxing’s seventeen weight divisions.
The previous list, last updated on December 30, 2012, ranked them:
1) Andre Ward
2) Floyd Mayweather
3) Juan Manuel Marquez
4) Sergio Martinez
5) Nonito Donaire
6) Manny Pacquiao
7) Carl Froch
8) Abner Mares
9) Brian Viloria
10) Wladimir Klitschko
In the six months since, seven of those ten men have gone to scratch with Donaire and Viloria suffering defeats at the hands of Guillermo Rigondeaux and Juan Francisco Estrada respectively. Only Ward, Marquez, and Pacquiao remain inactive to date in 2013. Marquez and Pacquiao have fights scheduled. Ward, recovering from shoulder surgery, in expected to be in action by the fall.
Needless to say, there has been a healthy shake-up of the top ten. Viloria and Donaire exit but who replaces them? And how high? Sergio Martinez looked like an aging man at home versus Martin Murray. Does it cost him?
And how does one reward the continuing schedule strength, and winning, of Abner Mares and Carl Froch?
The answers are a click away.
Cliff Rold is the Managing Editor of BoxingScene and a member of the Transanational Boxing Ratings Board, the Yahoo Pound for Pound voting panel, and the Boxing Writers Association of America. He can be reached at [email protected]