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Posted: Monday May 9, 2011 11:50AM ; Updated: Monday December 10, 2012 2:20PM
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Pound-For-Pound Top 15
By Chris Mannix, Richard O'Brien and Bryan Armen Graham, SI.com

Juan Manuel Marquez's electrifying knockout of Manny Pacquiao propels him from No. 6 into a tie with Sergio Martinez for No. 3 in SI.com's latest pound-for-pound ratings, with Pacquiao falling from No. 3 to No. 6. Also, Yuriorkis Gamboa drops from No. 9 to No. 10 after getting knocked down in a points victory over Michael Farenas on the Pacquiao-Marquez undercard.

(Note: Results are through December 10.)

 
RANK   FIGHTER AGE RECORD KOs
1
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Welterweight
Grand Rapids, Mich.
35 43-0-0 26
The Latest: Mayweather said on Dec. 5 that he plans on fighting twice in 2013: on May 4 and Sept. 14. The most likely opponents are Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Robert Guerrero. A long-fancied megafight with Pacquiao further lost its luster with the Filipino's knockout loss.
 
RANK   FIGHTER AGE RECORD KOs
2
Andre Ward
Super Middleweight
Oakland, Calif.
28 26-0-0 14
The Latest: The world's top 168-pounder, coming off a clinical TKO of fellow pound-for-pounder Chad Dawson, suffered a shoulder injury in sparring that postponed his Jan. 26 title defense against Kelly Pavlik in Los Angeles. Look for it to be rescheduled for Feb. 23 or early March.
 
RANK   FIGHTER AGE RECORD KOs
3t
Juan Manuel Marquez
Junior Welterweight
Mexico
39 55-6-1 33
The Latest: Marquez took his place within the top tier of Mexican legends by coming off the floor to knock Pacquiao unconscious with a "perfect" counter right. If the news of the fourth meeting between the two fighters elicited yawns, a fifth fight would be one of 2013's most anticipated events.
 
RANK   FIGHTER AGE RECORD KOs
3t
Sergio Martinez
Middleweight
Argentina
37 50-2-2 28
The Latest: The recognized middleweight champion will defend his title against England's Martin Murray on Apr. 27, marking Martinez's first fight in his native Argentina since 2002. If he wins, look for Martinez to fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in a rematch of their interesting September fight.
 
RANK   FIGHTER AGE RECORD KOs
5
Nonito Donaire
Bantamweight
Philippines
30 30-1-0 19
The Latest: The Filipino Flash scored a 29th consecutive victory with a ninth-round knockout of Toshiaki Nishioka on Oct. 13. Despite an injured left hand that required nine stitches, Donaire returns on Dec. 15 against Jorge Arce in an HBO-televised bout -- his fourth fight in 2012.
 
RANK   FIGHTER AGE RECORD KOs
6
Manny Pacquiao
Welterweight
Philippines
33 54-5-2 38
The Latest: Pacquiao tasted the canvas for the first time in nearly a decade and suffered his first knockout loss since 1999 against Marquez when he got reckless in a fight he was winning. Bob Arum wasted no time floating the possibility of a fifth fight between the two longtime rivals.
 
RANK   FIGHTER AGE RECORD KOs
7
Wladimir Klitschko
Heavyweight
Ukraine
36 58-3-0 51
The Latest: The younger Klitschko defended his WBA, IBF, WBO and Ring magazine titles on Nov. 10 against Mariusz Wach with a unanimous-decision victory, the champ's first outing since losing trainer Emanuel Steward. It's been more than eight years since he lost.
 
RANK   FIGHTER AGE RECORD KOs
8
Timothy Bradley
Junior Welterweight/Welterweight
Palm Springs, Calif.
29 29-0-0 12
The Latest: Bradley was fortunate to get the decision against Pacquiao and the WBO welterweight title that came with it. He's been inactive since, but Pacquiao's loss hurts the chances of a rematch anytime soon. He is rumored to be returning to action Feb. 9 on HBO against a TBD opponent.
 
RANK   FIGHTER AGE RECORD KOs
9
Abner Mares
Bantamweight
Mexico
27 25-0-1 13
The Latest: The winner of Showtime's bantamweight tournament moved up to win a 122-pound title, then defended it with an impressive win over Anselmo Moreno on Nov. 10. He wants Nonito Donaire (and Donaire wants Mares) but will Golden Boy and Top Rank let it happen?
 
RANK   FIGHTER AGE RECORD KOs
10
Yuriorkis Gamboa
Featherweight
Cuba
30 21-0-0 16
The Latest: Gamboa ended a 15-month layoff with a unanimous-decision win over Michael Farenas on the Pacquiao-Marquez IV undercard, making his debut as a member of 50 Cent's promotional stable. Afterward, Gamboa's budding promoter called out Adrien Broner.
 
RANK   FIGHTER AGE RECORD KOs
11
Adrien Broner
Lightweight
Cincinnati, Ohio
23 25-0-0 21
The Latest: The brash 23-year-old, for years regarded as talented but untested, converted at least a few skeptics with a knockout of Antonio DeMarco for the WBC lightweight championship. A unification bout with WBO titleholder Ricky Burns in February could be next.
 
RANK   FIGHTER AGE RECORD KOs
12
Vitali Klitschko
Heavyweight
Ukraine
41 45-2-0 41
The Latest: The other Klitschko brother walked through Manuel Charr on Sept. 8 for his ninth title defense. Retirement for a political career may be next: Vitali's party won seats in the election last month. If not, a lucrative showdown with British bigmouth David Haye could loom.
 
RANK   FIGHTER AGE RECORD KOs
13
Austin Trout
Junior Middleweight
Las Cruces, N.M.
27 26-0-0 14
The Latest: Trout had been unknown to all but hardcore boxing fans, an unbeaten 154-pound beltholder who'd been toiling in obscurity, before a Dec. 1 defense of his WBA title against Miguel Cotto at the Garden. After a convincing points win, he's one of the division's hottest names.
 
RANK   FIGHTER AGE RECORD KOs
14
Orlando Salido
Featherweight
Mexico
32 39-11-2 27
The Latest: Long perceived as a journeyman, Salido blasted his way into pound-for-pound consideration with a pair of crushing knockouts of Juan Manuel Lopez to win and defend the WBO featherweight title. He faces undefeated contender Mikey Garcia on Jan. 19 on HBO.
 
RANK   FIGHTER AGE RECORD KOs
15
Carl Froch
Super Middleweight
United Kingdom
35 30-2-0 22
The Latest: The Nottingham native conjured a career performance against Lucian Bute, scoring a fifth-round TKO to win the IBF 168-pound title. He defended it with a crushing knockout of Yusaf Mack on Nov. 17 and doubts the expected March rematch with Bute will take place.

The Next Five: Brandon Rios (31-0-1, 23 KOs), Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KOs), Chad Dawson (31-2-0, 17 KOs), Bernard Hopkins (52-6-2, 32 KOs), Jean Pascal (26-2-1, 16 KOs).

 

 
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