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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

The Top-Selling NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL Jerseys (2014-2015)

NBA (2014-15)

PLAYER TEAM POS. BIRTHPLACE
1. LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers SF-PF Akron, OH
2. Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors PG Akron, OH
3. Kevin Durant Oklahoma City Thunder SF Washington, D.C.
4. Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers SG Philadelphia, PA
5. Derrick Rose Chicago Bulls PG Chicago, IL
6. Kyrie Irving Cleveland Cavaliers PG Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
7. Carmelo Anthony New York Knicks SF-PF New York, NY
8. Tim Duncan San Antonio Spurs PF-C St. Croix, US VIRGIN ISLANDS
9. Dwyane Wade Miami Heat SG Chicago, IL
10. Blake Griffin Los Angeles Clippers PF Oklahoma City, OK

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MLB (2014)

PLAYER TEAM POS. BIRTHPLACE
1. Derek Jeter New York Yankees SS Pequannock, NJ
2. Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers LHP Dallas, TX
3. Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels CF Vineland, NJ
4. Buster Posey San Francisco Giants C Leesburg, GA
5. Yasiel Puig Los Angeles Dodgers RF Cienfuegos, CUBA
6. David Ortiz Boston Red Sox DH Santo Domingo, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
7. Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh Pirates CF Fort Meade, FL
8. Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers 1B-3B Maracay, VENEZUELA
9. Yoenis Cespedes Oakland A’s / Boston Red Sox LF Campechuela, CUBA
10. Dustin Pedroia Boston Red Sox 2B Woodland, CA

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NFL (2014)

PLAYER TEAM POS. BIRTHPLACE
1. Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks QB Richmond, VA
2. Peyton Manning Denver Broncos QB New Orleans, LA
3. Colin Kaepernick San Francisco 49ers QB Milwaukee, WI
4. Tom Brady New England Patriots QB San Mateo, CA
5. Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers QB Chico, CA
6. Dez Bryant Dallas Cowboys WR Lufkin, TX
7. Johnny Manziel Cleveland Browns QB Tyler, TX
8. Drew Brees New Orleans Saints QB Austin, TX
9. Jason Witten Dallas Cowboys TE Elizabethton, TN
10. J.J. Watt Houston Texans DE Pewaukee, WI

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NHL (2014-15)

PLAYER TEAM POS. BIRTHPLACE
1. Patrick Kane Chicago Blackhawks RW Buffalo, NY
2. Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins C Cole Harbour, CANADA
3. Jonathan Toews Chicago Blackhawks C Winnipeg, CANADA
4. Henrik Lundqvist New York Rangers G Are, SWEDEN
5. Alex Ovechkin Washington Capitals LW Moscow, RUSSIA
6. Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh Penguins C Magnitogorsk, RUSSIA
7. Claude Giroux Philadelphia Flyers RW Hearst, CANADA
8. Patrice Bergeron Boston Bruins C Ancienne-Lorette, CANADA
9. Pavel Datsyuk Detroit Red Wings C Sverdlovsk, RUSSIA
10. Anze Kopitar Los Angeles Kings C Jesenice, YUGOSLAVIA

 

Alabama, USC and the Top 20 National Signing Day Schools of 2015

The USC Trojans Recruited The No. 1 High School Cornerback In Iman Marshall, While Alabama Recruited The 325-Pound Defensive Tackle, Daron Payne

The USC Trojans Recruited The No. 1 High School Cornerback In Iman Marshall, While Alabama Recruited The 325-Pound Defensive Tackle, Daron Payne

Which school did the best on National Signing Day? The “calculated” consensus of four college football experts – FOX Sports, CBS’ 247sports.com, Bleacher Report and Yahoo!’s Rivals.com – is two schools: Alabama and USC.

What is National Signing Day anyway, for those who need to know? Beginning on the first Wednesday in February, high school seniors (in this case, football players) can sign National Letters of Intent (NLI) to play for a top tier NCAA football program.

According to nationalletter.org, “The NLI is a binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and an NLI member institution.

  • A prospective student-athlete agrees to attend the institution full-time for one academic year (two semesters or three quarters).
  • The institution agrees to provide athletics financial aid for one academic year (two semesters or three quarters).”

The NLI is not legally binding, but it is a contract of sorts that comes with penalties if not fulfilled by the student-athlete:

“Basic penalty for not fulfilling the NLI agreement:  A student-athlete has to serve one year in residence (full-time, two semesters or three quarters) at the next NLI member institution and lose one season of competition in all sports.”

The Trojans and Crimson Tide were picked the 1-2 best recruiters on Day 1 in 2015 by two experts apiece. CBS and Bleacher Report went with Alabama, while FOX Sports and Yahoo! went with USC at the top.

Beside the Crimson Tide, what about this season’s other “Final Four” schools in the College Football Playoffs (CFP): the champion Ohio State Buckeyes, runner-up Oregon Ducks and Florida State Seminoles?

Florida State potentially improved the most with their new recruits, followed not too far away by Ohio State – but the Seminoles are losing Jameis Winston to the NFL draft while the Buckeyes remain intact at quarterback and elsewhere.

Alabama and Ohio State will be right back in the mix in 2015. The Seminoles? We’ll have to see.

Meanwhile, the Ducks, losing their 2014 Heisman-winning QB, Marcus Mariota, to the NFL Draft – and pulling up 18th on signing day – might need a few seasons to catch up again.

To get the composite ranking below, I took the four sets of rankings and simply added the ranks, with the lowest totals ranked highest (i.e. USC, 6 = Alabama, 6 < a surprising third-best Tennessee, 17). For ties (i.e. Clemson, LSU and Georgia), the school with the best highest ranking (HR) got the nod. For those schools at the bottom and not on all three lists, they are first ranked by school on (3) of the lists, then (1).

Check out my sources, where each ran it out to No. 25, by clicking on the titles in the second list below – and go deeper into the top schools’ signings.

COMPOSITE RANKINGS

SCHOOL COMPOSITE RANKING
1. Alabama 6 (EVEN)
1. USC 6 (EVEN)
3. Tennessee 17
4. Florida State 20
5. Auburn 27
6. Ohio State 30
7. Clemson 32 (HR: 4)
8. LSU 32 (HR: 5+)
9. Georgia 32 (HR: 5)
10. UCLA 37
11. Texas 41
12. Notre Dame 43
13. Texas A&M 44
14. Penn State 56
15. Oklahoma 58
16. Mississippi State 69
17. South Carolina 77
18. Oregon 49 (3)
19. Ole Miss 51 (3)
20. Arizona State 59 (3)
21. Michigan State 17 (1)
22. Stanford 18 (1)
23. Florida 20 (1)

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INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS

FOX SPORTS CBS (247SPORTS.COM) BLEACHER REPORT YAHOO! (RIVALS.COM)
1. USC Alabama Alabama USC
2. Alabama USC USC Alabama
3. Auburn Florida State Florida State Florida State
4. Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee Clemson
5. Georgia LSU Clemson Tennessee
6. Notre Dame Ohio State Ohio State Auburn
7. Texas UCLA LSU Georgia
8. Ohio State Clemson UCLA LSU
9. UCLA Auburn Auburn Ohio State
10. Texas A&M Georgia Georgia Texas A&M
11. Florida State Texas Texas Notre Dame
12. LSU Texas A&M Texas A&M Texas
13. Penn State Notre Dame Notre Dame UCLA
14. Oklahoma Penn State Penn State Oklahoma
15. Clemson Oklahoma Oklahoma Penn State
16. Ole Miss Oregon Oregon Mississippi State
17. Michigan State Ole Miss Mississippi State Oregon
18. Mississippi State Mississippi State Ole Miss Stanford
19. Arizona State South Carolina South Carolina South Carolina
20. South Carolina Arizona State Florida Arizona State

Photos: usatodaysportsimages.com / al.com

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