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Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and the Best Boxers in the World 2014: No. 1 Rankings for Every Weight Class

Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Still The Best In The World

Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Still The Best In The World

Hard to believe, but it’s Sports List of the Day‘s 4th annual installment of the best boxers in the world, courtesy boxrec.com – the best boxing site on the Web. Thanks to all the sports fans out there who have kept both sites going!

Now, let’s take a look.

The still-undefeated Floyd Mayweather (46-0) continues to be the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world. His media-nemesis (for they will never meet in the ring, it seems), Manny Pacquiao, clings to second-best.

Three Americans fell from last year’s list, but they have been replaced by three other Americans, maintaining the United States’ five-man presence (and leadership) amongst the rankings.

Japan comes in very strong in the lighter classes, including tops in four of the five lightest.

And how about Gennady Golovkin, the first Kazakh boxer to take over a No. 1 slot since we’ve been covering the best boxers in the world: 2011, 2012, 2013 and now…2014, below.

WEIGHT CLASS TOP WEIGHT BOXER COUNTRY 2013 TOP BOXER
1. Pound For Pound N/A Floyd Mayweather, Jr. USA  
2. Heavyweight 200 lbs+ Wladimir Klitschko Ukraine Vitali Klitschko (Ukraine)
3. Cruiserweight 200 lbs Yoan Pablo Hernandez Cuba  
4. Light Heavyweight 175 lbs Adonis Stevenson Canada Bernard Hopkins (USA)
5. Super Middleweight 168 lbs Andre Ward USA  
6. Middleweight 160 lbs Gennady Golovkin Kazakhstan Sergio Gabriel Martinez (Argentina)
7. Light Middleweight 154 lbs Saul Alvarez Mexico  
8. Welterweight 147 lbs Floyd Mayweather, Jr. USA  
9. Light Welterweight 140 lbs Danny Garcia USA Lamont Peterson (USA)
10. Lightweight 135 lbs Miguel Vazquez Mexico Adrien Broner (USA)
11. Super Featherweight 130 lbs Mikey Garcia USA Yuriorkis Gamboa (Cuba)
12. Featherweight 126 lbs Nonito Donaire Philippines Abner Mares (Mexico)
13. Super Bantamweight 122 lbs Guillermo Rigondeaux Cuba  
14. Bantamweight 118 lbs Shinsuke Yamanaka Japan  
15. Super Flyweight 115 lbs Omar Andres Narvaez Argentina Juan Carlos Sanchez, Jr. (Thailand)
16. Flyweight 112 lbs Akira Yaegashi Japan Juan Francisco Estrada (Mexico)
17. Light Flyweight 108 lbs Naoya Inoue Japan Roman Gonzalez (Nicaragua)
18. Minimumweight 105 lbs Katsunari Takayama Japan

Photo: bbc.com

The Best Women Boxers in the World: 2013 No. 1 Rankings

American Martha Salazar Is the 2013 No. 1 Ranked Woman Heavyweight in the World

American Martha Salazar Is the 2013 No. 1 Ranked Woman Heavyweight in the World

It’s time for our third annual installment of the best women boxers in the world. We just did our third best boxers (men) a few days ago.

Just like men’s boxing in 2013, Americans have made a  leap in representation in the women’s game. Last year, not one No. 1 woman boxer was from the USA. This year, there are four, including the new heavy in town.

After reigning for two years (2011, 2012), Nigeria’s Ijeoma Egbunine is no longer the No. 1 heavyweight in the world. She has been replaced by American Martha Salazar.

Included in this year’s list is the best pound-for-pound female boxer in the world – light welterweight Holly Holm, also of the USA.

There’s been a lot of general turnover in the rankings. Only Germany’s Christina Hammer, Japan’s Naoko Fujioka, and Argentina’s Erica Anabella Farias and Yesica Yolanda Bopp are repeat rankers.

To the rest, welcome to the top.

WEIGHT CLASS BOXER NICKNAME COUNTRY
1. Pound for Pound Holly Holm The Preacher’s Daughter USA
2. Heavyweight Martha Salazar The Shadow USA
3. Super Middleweight Christina Hammer   Germany
4. Middleweight Tori Nelson   USA
5. Light Middleweight Oxandia Castillo La Loba Dominican Republic
6. Welterweight Cecilia Braekhus First Lady Norway
7. Light Welterweight Holly Holm The Preacher’s Daughter USA
8. Lightweight Erica Anabella Farias La Pantera Argentina
9. Super Featherweight Diana Prazak   Australia
10. Featherweight Melissa Hernandez Huracan Shark Puerto Rico
11. Super Bantamweight Jackie Nava La Princesa Azteca Mexico
12. Bantamweight Irma Garcia Torbellino Mexico
13. Super Flyweight Riyo Togo   Japan
14. Flyweight Ava Knight Lady of Boxing USA
15. Light Flyweight Yesica Yolanda Bopp Tuti Argentina
16. Minimumweight Naoko Fujioka   Japan

Thanks to boxrec.com and womenboxing.com.

There is some discrepancy as to the weight ranges for women’s weight classes. Here are a few links that try to sort it out: boxrec.com, insidewomensboxing.com, and guide2boxing.com.

Photo: hotboxingnews.com

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and the Best Boxers in the World 2013: No. 1 Rankings for Every Weight Class

Floyd Mayweather Is Once Again the Best Boxer in the World

Floyd Mayweather Is Once Again the Best Boxer in the World

This is our third installment of the best boxers in the world (2011, 2012) and the one that reflects the greatest “transfer of power” – in changes at the top and in number of new best boxers – of the three.

Manny Pacquiao is no longer the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, a “title” he held five straight years (2008-2012).

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. – “Pretty Boy Money” or just plain old “Money” – is once again the best pound-for-pound boxer of all. He was back in 2005-2007, too.

Since Pacquiao and Mayweather are both welterweights, that means Floyd has supplanted Manny as the best welterweight in the world, too.

There is also a new best heavyweight boxer. Wladimir Klitschko (37), the best heavyweight of the past two years, has ceded his reign to his older brother, Vitali (41).

There’s not too much competition in championship heavyweight boxing these days apparently. Sad.

Yoan Pablo Hernandez and Bernard Hopkins (48!) hold on to their respective cruiserweight and light heavyweight positions from last year, rounding out the big boys.

American boxing is hot again. After placing just three boxers in each of the past two years, the U.S. has five boxers dominating their classes in 2013.

WEIGHT CLASS TOP WEIGHT BOXER COUNTRY
1. Pound For Pound N/A Floyd Mayweather, Jr. USA
2. Heavyweight 200 lbs+ Vitali Klitschko Ukraine
3. Cruiserweight 200 lbs Yoan Pablo Hernandez Cuba
4. Light Heavyweight 175 lbs Bernard Hopkins USA
5. Super Middleweight 168 lbs Andre Ward USA
6. Middleweight 160 lbs Sergio Gabriel Martinez Argentina
7. Light Middleweight 154 lbs Saul Alvarez Mexico
8. Welterweight 147 lbs Floyd Mayweather, Jr. USA
9. Light Welterweight 140 lbs Lamont Peterson USA
10. Lightweight 135 lbs Adrien Broner USA
11. Super Featherweight 130 lbs Yuriorkis Gamboa Cuba
12. Featherweight 126 lbs Abner Mares Mexico
13. Super Bantamweight 122 lbs Guillermo Rigondeaux Cuba
14. Bantamweight 118 lbs Shinsuke Yamanaka Japan
15. Super Flyweight 115 lbs Juan Carlos Sanchez, Jr. Thailand
16. Flyweight 112 lbs Juan Francisco Estrada Mexico
17. Light Flyweight 108 lbs Roman Gonzalez Nicaragua
18. Minimumweight 105 lbs Katsunari Takayama Japan

Thanks to boxrec.com. If you like boxing, that’s a site to check out.

Photo: espn.com

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