We now enter the creme de la creme, the best crop of fighters in the sport. Part 1 included fighters from #25 to #11, ranging from fighters on the rise, on the way down, and some who managed to keep their places. The top 10 is dominated by American fighters, but will an American top the rankings? It’s time to find out.
#10 Bernard Hopkins (USA) (51-5-1, 32 KO) [Light Heavyweight]
Three of the best: Ronald Wright UD-12; Kelly Pavlik UD-12; Roy Jones Jr. UD-12;
Last Ranking: #6
Hopkins continues to free-fall after a dull fight against Jones who’s not even fringe top 10 at light heavyweight. Hopkins just about holds on to #10 place because of a victory over Pavlik, but if Bute and Pavlik are successful on April 17, expect another drop for The Executioner.
Bradley is tentatively scheduled to face Luis Carlos Abregu on his HBO debut, but according to industry sources they’re attempting to match him with Marcos Maidana. Either fight is tough for Bradley, and he rises once more due to a drop.
#8 Hozumi Hasegawa (JAP) (28-2, 12 KO) [Bantamweight]
Three of the best: Simone Maludrottu UD-12; Alejandro Valdez TKO-2; Vusi Malinga TKO-1;
Last Ranking: #9
In the biggest bantamweight match-up on the table, Hasegawa will face Fernando Montiel on April 30 in a unification fight of sorts. A big win could propell him up the rankings once more.
#7 Wladimir Klitschko (UKR) (54-3, 48 KO) [Heavyweight]
Three of the best: Tony Thompson TKO-11; Ruslan Chagaev RTD-9; Eddie Chambers KO-12;
Last Ranking: #8
Wladimir had already passed Hopkins with his dramatic last gasp knockout over Eddie Chambers as he continues to dominate the heavyweight division with his brother (ranked #20). Could David Haye be next?
#6 Paul Williams (USA) (38-1, 27 KO) [Junior Middleweight]
Three of the best: Antonio Margarito UD-12; Carlos Quintana KO-1; Sergio Martinez MD-12;
Last Ranking: #6
‘The most feared man in boxing’ faces Kermit Cintron next up back at junior middleweight in what promises to be another war. Williams will already be looking ahead, chasing the winner of Pavlik-Martinez further down the line in 2010.
#5 Juan Manuel Marquez (MEX) (50-5-1, 37 KO) [Lightweight]
Three of the best: Marco Antonio Barrera UD-12; Joel Casamayor TKO-11; Juan Diaz TKO-9;
Last Ranking: #5
There’s still plenty of life in Marquez despite being dominated from pillar to post by Floyd Mayweather in September. A rematch with Diaz looks like his next step in a fight that promises fireworks. Marquez is being closed down, so he needs to be active to keep his place.
The undefeated light heavyweight will be gunning for the lineal championship against Jean Pascal in August when they meet up in Montreal. Dawson has a bright future ahead of him but relies on competition to maintain his high ranking.
#3 Shane Mosley (USA) (46-5, 39 KO) [Welterweight]
Three of the best: Luis Collazo UD-12; Ricardo Mayorga KO-12; Antonio Margarito TKO-9;
Last Ranking: #3
Mosley faces Floyd Mayweather in a fight that should ‘Sugar Shane’ win, could see him topping the rankings by the next update. His inactivity though doesn’t help his cause if he loses on May 1.
#2 Floyd Mayweather Jr. (USA) (40-0, 25 KO) [Welterweight]
Three of the best: Oscar De La Hoya SD-12; Ricky Hatton TKO-10; Juan Manuel Marquez UD-12;
Last Ranking: #2
Mayweather is trying to re-capture the pound-4-pound crown he ‘vacated’ when he retired. He could do so with a victory over Shane Mosley on May 1, but it should be a tricky fight for Money May.
#1 Manny Pacquiao (PHI) (51-3-2, 38 KO) [Welterweight]
Three of the best: Juan Manuel Marquez SD-12; Ricky Hatton KO-2; Miguel Cotto TKO-12;
Last Ranking: #1
Still reigning at the top is Manny Pacquiao, who dominated Joshua Clottey over twelve one-sided rounds at the Cowboys Stadium. A super-fight with Mayweather has to be next, or I and many others will cry.
UP: Timothy Bradley #10 to #9; Hozumi Hasegawa #9 to #8; Wladimir Klitschko #8 to #7;
DOWN: Bernard Hopkins #7 to #10;
Nationalities: 1. USA-9; 2. Puerto Rico-3; =3. Philippines, Ukraine, Great Britain-2; =6. Mexico, Japan, Romania, Thailand, Argentina, Panama, Indonesia-1;
Divisions: =1. Welterweight, Heavyweight, Super Middleweight, Featherweight-3; =5. Light Heavyweight, Junior Middleweight, Junior Welterweight, Middleweight-2; =9. Lightweight, Bantamweight, Junior Flyweight, Junior Bantamweight, Flyweight-1;
Scheduled P-4-P Fights
(#2) Floyd Mayweather vs. Shane Mosley (#3) – May 1
(#4) Chad Dawson vs. Jean Pascal (NR) – August 14
(#5) Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Juan Diaz (NR) – July 10
(#6) Paul Williams vs. Kermit Cintron (NR) – May 8
(#8) Hozumi Hasegawa vs. Fernando Montiel (NR) – April 30
(#9) Timothy Bradley vs. Luis Carlos Abregu (NR) – June 19
(#11) Lucian Bute vs. Edison Miranda (NR) – April 17
(#12) Ivan Calderon vs. Johnriel Casimero (NR) – June 12
(#13) Carl Froch vs. Mikkel Kessler (NR) – April 17
(#14) Kelly Pavlik vs. Sergio Martinez (#18) – April 17
(#17) Andre Ward vs. Allan Green (NR) – June 16
(#19) Miguel Cotto vs. Yuri Foreman (NR) – July 12
(#20) Vitali Klitschko vs. Albert Sosnowski (NR) – May 29
(#22) Celestino Caballero vs. Daud Yordan (NR) – April 10
(#23) Chris John vs. Fernando David Saucedo (NR) – May 22
(#24) Juan Manuel Lopez vs. Bernabe Concepcion (NR) – July 10
As you can see, it’s a very busy period in the boxing calender with 18 out of the top 25 with scheduled fights. The next update will hopefully be after the Mayweather-Mosley fight.