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    Wilbur’s Top Fifteen Pound For Pound

    By Brian Wilbur-October 24, 2007

    Expect this list to change significantly by the end of the year with all of the great fights that we have on deck. The Superfights like Hatton vs. Mayweather, Mosley vs. Cotto, and Calzaghe vs. Kessler are not the only matches that could shake up the pound for pound landscape either. The outcome of fights like Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Rocky Juarez, Humberto Soto vs. Joan Guzman, Juan Diaz vs. Julio Diaz, and Jean-Marc Mormeck vs. David Haye could also have a major impact on the outlook of pound for pound lists. But as for now, this is how I rank the best P4P fighters in the world:

    1. Manny Pacquiao, 45-3-2, 35 KO’s, Philippines

    This is the first list in years that I do not have Floyd Mayweather in the top spot. I finally have conceded the top spot to Pacquiao after his dominant performance over Marco Antonio Barrera. Manny’s level of opposition, along with his willingness to stay active, is unparalleled amongst elite fighters today. His last five fights, which have all been seemingly effortless wins, have been against Erik Morales, Oscar Larios, Erik Morales again, Jorge Solis, and Marco Antonio Barrera. Even his “easy” fights are against tough opponents. His opponents have been top notch, yet he has not been seriously challenged in the ring since the first fight with Morales, which was over two years ago. Pacman is chewing up legends and spitting them out at an unbelievable rate.

    2. Floyd Mayweather, JR., 38-0, 24 KO’s, United States

    Mayweather finally drops out of the top position despite being undefeated. His quality of opposition has been good, but not as good as we expect from a superstar. Pacquiao has defeated the slightly more accomplished opponents and has been more active recently. Plus, Mayweather allowed Oscar De La Hoya to make their fight close whereas Pacquiao nearly shut out Barrera in their last fights. However, if I based this list on ability rather than accomplishment, I would still have Mayweather number one. His boxing skills are the closest we have seen to perfection since Pernell Whitaker. If Mayweather can defeat Ricky Hatton impressively on December 8th, he will retake the top spot from Pacquiao.

    3. Bernard Hopkins, 48-4-1, 32 KO’s, United States

    One word to describe Hopkins is ugly. No, I’m not talking about his face, I am talking about the way that he wins. Most of his fights go the distance and there is not much action because he has become so defensive minded in the late stages of his career. Sometimes his strategy is to move as little as possible to conserve energy, which can be dreadful to watch at times. But this P4P list is not about who looks the best when they are fighting, it is about listing the best fighters. Hopkins is extremely effective using his crowd displeasing methods. That can be seen when he dethroned legit Light Heavyweight Champion Antonio Tarver and followed it up with a decision win over fellow P4P mainstay Winky Wright. At 42 years of age, Hopkins is still one of the best boxers in the world. Rumor has it that “The Executioner” wants the winner of Joe Calzaghe/Mikkel Kessler next.

    4. Juan Manuel Marquez, 47-3, 35 KO’s, Mexico

    The only two blemishes on Marquez’ record since 1999 have been a draw against Manny Pacquiao and a questionable decision in hostile territory against Chris John. The fight that the boxing world now wants to see is a rematch between Marquez and Pacquiao to settle their unfinished business. Once known as the most feared and avoided boxer in the world, Marquez is finally getting opportunities and finally getting his just due. Last March he won a clear decision over the great Marco Antonio Barrera to move himself into the #4 spot.

    5. Ricky Hatton, 43-0, 31 KO’s, England

    Hailing from the land where pugilism was born, the “Hitman” is England’s marquee fighter. Hatton was the fighter of the year in 2005 when he beat the legendary Kostya Tszyu for the title and then unified against Carlos Maussa. He has a chance to win the award once again for this year. He already has defeated Jose Luis Castillo and Juan Urango in impressive fashion and next up for him is a December showdown against the seemingly unbeatable Floyd Mayweather. Hatton’s slugging, bullying style may or may not give Pretty Boy Floyd problems, but he Hatton does find a way to win his ranking will increase significantly from his already lofty position of #5.

    6. Winky Wright, 51-4-1, 25 KO’s, United States

    This relatively light-hitting southpaw is a boxer that nobody wants to see across from them when the bell rings. Wright will box, cover up, counter, and defend so well that he makes his opponents looks silly. Winky has fought a steady stream of top notch fighters since 2004, going 5-1-1 during that span, including wins Ike Quartey, Felix Trinidad, and two over Shane Mosley. The draw was a controversial decision against then-champ Jermain Taylor. The loss was a close decision to Bernard Hopkins. Winky is still an elite fighter in every sense of the word despite the loss.

    7. Israel Vazquez, 42-4, 31 KO’s, Mexico

    I was not very high on Vazquez until his latest win, a revenge victory over Rafael Marquez. The determination he showed under adversity was inspiring. To go along with his tremendous heart and resilience, Vazquez is one of the hardest pound for pound punchers in the sport. Let’s hope that we can see Marquez and Vazquez fight a rubber match to settle the score and to determine the best super bantamweight in the world.

    8. Rafael Marquez, 37-4, 33 KO’s, Mexico

    You cannot mention one without the other when talking about Israel Vazquez and Rafael Marquez. These two have had two classic wars and hopefully a third is on the way to complete the trilogy. Like Vazquez, Rafael is an incredibly hard puncher. No wonder that both of their fights have ended in KO. Prior to moving up to 122 pounds, Marquez put together a very nice run at bantamweight that included wins over Silence Mabuza, Tim Austin, and Mark Johnson. A fun exercise is trying to determine who the better brother is: Rafael or his older brother Juan Manuel.

    9. Kelly Pavlik, 32-0, 29 KO’s, United States

    About a year and a half ago, Pavlik was just a prospect who was yet to be tested in real competition. He was being moved along slowly despite being rated with high potential from the boxing pundits. That stigma changed quickly when Pavlik was matched up against his peers instead of inferiors. The result was Kelly ripping through the competition and knocking out everyone in his path, including Bronco McKart, Edison Mirdanda, and most recently a title winning performance against Jermain Taylor. Pavlik looks like a force to be reckoned with.

    10. Joe Calzaghe, 43-0, 32 KO’s, Wales

    Calzaghe has been criticized his entire career for fighting a poor level of opposition. It is true that if you look over his resume there are only a few recognizable names, those being Jeff Lacy, Chris Eubank, Charles Brewer and Byron Mitchell. That list would not be bad if he fought them back to back, but those names come from a span of 10 years as champion. The rest have been fodder and non-descript mandatory challengers that the incompetent WBO have sent over. Joe has earned this position in the top 10 though, mostly because of his longevity. No matter who you are fighting, being champion for ten years is a notable achievement. Calzaghe will be tested more than he ever has in his career when he takes on Mikkel Kessler in November. Now 35 years old, the question is did Calzaghe wait too long to sign up for super fights?

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    11. Miguel Cotto, 30-0, 25 KO’s, Puerto Rico

    Cotto has been steadily moved along at a good pace since he turned pro in 2001. Top Rank and Bob Arum have done a good job grooming this blue chip prospect into a superstar. Now a two-division champion, Cotto has the scalps of notable fighters such as Zab Judah, Paulie Malignaggi, Lovemore N’dou, and Oktay Urkal among others. A bonus to his fanfare is that Miguel makes for exciting fights. He is a seek and destroy slugger who wants to punish his opponents to the body and break their will. His 2005 war with Ricardo Torres was an epic battle in which both men traded knockdowns. Cotto looks to keep his undefeated record when he takes on the biggest name of his career in November against Shane Mosley.

    12. Shane Mosley, 44-4, 37 KO’s, United States

    When Shane Mosley defeated Oscar De La Hoya in 2000, he was anointed the pound for pound king. Since then he has encountered ups and downs as he has progressed to the age of 36. At one point he was thought to be finished, but in his last five fights he has proved otherwise. Mosley recently twice defeated Fernando Vargas by KO and then topped young gun Luis Collazo. Shane still has his trademark hand speed and boxing ability to go along with his the experience of being savvy veteran. We will see if Mosley is still one of the elite against Cotto in November.

    13. Mikkel Kessler, 39-0, 29 KO’s, Denmark

    Kessler won the WBA Super Middleweight Title in 2004 when he knocked out Manny Siaca and since then he fought nobody but top ranked contenders. He has been a thorn in Joe Calzaghe’s side by fighting and beating all of the opponents that Calzaghe and Frank Warren claim will not negotiate reasonably. Kessler took out the super middleweight division’s #3 Anthony Mundine (only behind Kessler and Calzaghe), stomped on former champ Eric Lucas, and unified the belts with a crushing knockout over Markus Beyer. Kessler has one of the best jabs in the sport and uses it to set pace, distance, and to set up his big power punches. Both holding portions of the title, the November bout between Calzaghe and Kessler will determine the true Super Middleweight Champion.

    14. Jermain Taylor, 27-1, 17 KO’s, United States

    One loss does not make Taylor fall completely off the map, especially since he looked to be on the verge of victory early on in the fight versus Kelly Pavlik. Taylor still has four defenses of the undisputed Middleweight Championship on his resume and two wins over Bernard Hopkins. Expect “Bad Intentions” to take some time off, then move up to the super middleweight division and try to seek a rematch with Pavlik.

    15. Juan Diaz, 32-0, 16 KO’s, United States

    Ever since he was a prospect, the media has been disrespecting the “Baby Bull”. They said he had an amateur style, that he had no power, and that he would make for an exciting TV fighter but would never be a quality world champion. All Diaz has done in response is mow down every opponent put in front of him. Since winning the WBA Lightweight Title in 2004, Diaz has barely broken a sweat in racking up six consecutive title defenses, including a unification against Acelino Frietas. Juan has an uncanny work-rate. He throws so many punches that his opponents have no room or time to counter. Diaz won another unification over former IBF Champion, Julio Diaz.

    On the cusp: Paul Williams, Cory Spinks, Cristian Mijares, Junior Witter, Joan Guzman, Humberto Soto


    • #3
      wow i liek it not xaclty what i would post but nice


      • #4
        Damn good list and he gives a reason he puts each fighter in their respective spots. Kudos to him, at least it wasn't like the other list that had Margarito in the top 10.


        • #5
          ''Pacman is chewing up legends and spitting them out at an unbelievable rate.''
          Yeah over the hill legends,How pathetic.


          • #6
            Thats a really solid list, and anytime I disagreed, he gave enough reasoning to make me agree.


            • #7
              get pac off that top spot dios, what are u thinking man? the guys a punching machine but technically incompetent


              • #8
                Originally posted by Slotff View Post
                Thats a really solid list, and anytime I disagreed, he gave enough reasoning to make me agree.
                Yeah, I didn't always agree. But I at least respected the reasons he gave. He wasn't just trying to provoke or be controversial.


                • #9
                  Originally posted by big paulie View Post
                  get pac off that top spot dios, what are u thinking man? the guys a punching machine but technically incompetent
                  It's Wilbur's list.... not mine. I'm just reporting it.

                  But if you read what it says about Pac and Floyd, it will make some sense to you.


                  • #10
                    I'd agree with most of it. Considering, there is no undisputed, real deal, official P4P list, I agree.