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Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and the Best Boxers in the World (2015)

The Fight Of The Century: Manny Pacquiao Vs. Floyd Mayweather

The Fight Of The Century: Manny Pacquiao Vs. Floyd Mayweather

Hard to believe. It’s the fifth go-round for Sports List of the Day‘s annual look at the best boxers in the world by weight class, courtesy boxrec.com.

Wladimir Klitschko maintains his hold on the heavyweight crown for the second year in a row, while a man much in the media lately, “Money” Floyd Mayweather, Jr., remains the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world for a fourth straight time.

The 63-3 Klitschko’s next fight will be April 25 against Bryant Jennings (19-0) at Madison Square Garden.

But, really, who cares too much about that? The most anticipated fight of the year, decade and probably this century is a week after that. In fact, the match is being called “The Fight of the Century.”

At last, the undefeated Mayweather (47-0) will be facing off against 57-5-2 Manny Pacquiao, another four-time (and consecutive) pound-for-pound title holder (2008-2011), on May 2 at the MGM Grand. Can’t wait for that one.

Be sure to check out boxrec.com for all your boxing info needs – current and historical – including the current top 25 pound-for-pound boxers in the world.

WEIGHT CLASS TOP WEIGHT BOXER COUNTRY 2014 TOP BOXER
Pound For Pound N/A Floyd Mayweather, Jr. USA  
Heavyweight 200 lbs+ Wladimir Klitschko Ukraine
Cruiserweight 200 lbs Grigory Drozd Russia Yoan Pablo Hernandez (Cuba)
Light Heavyweight 175 lbs Adonis Stevenson Canada
Super Middleweight 168 lbs Carl Froch UK Andre Ward (USA)
Middleweight 160 lbs Gennady Golovkin Kazakhstan
Light Middleweight 154 lbs Saul Alvarez Mexico  
Welterweight 147 lbs Floyd Mayweather, Jr. USA  
Light Welterweight 140 lbs Danny Garcia USA
Lightweight 135 lbs Terence Crawford USA Miguel Vazquez (Mexico)
Super Featherweight 130 lbs Takashi Uchiyama Japan Mikey Garcia (USA)
Featherweight 126 lbs Nicholas Walters Jamaica Nonito Donaire (Philippines)
Super Bantamweight 122 lbs Carl Frampton UK Guillermo Rigondeaux (Cuba)
Bantamweight 118 lbs Shinsuke Yamanaka Japan  
Super Flyweight 115 lbs Naoya Inoue Japan Omar Andres Narvaez (Argentina)
Flyweight 112 lbs Roman Gonzalez Nicaragua Akira Yaegashi (Japan)
Light Flyweight 108 lbs Pedro Guevara Mexico Naoya Inoue (Japan)
Minimumweight 105 lbs Wanheng Menayothin Thailand Katsunari Takayama (Japan)

Photo: thecambodiaherald.com

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

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