After November 3rd's Super-Middleweight Action - One Writer's New Pound-For-Pound Top-Ten

ricky hatton07.11.07 - by James Slater: There have been so many high quality fights in boxing this year, the combining of a top-ten pound-for-pound list keeps getting harder and harder. No sooner does one fighter look like the definitive #1 on the planet, does another guy put on a showing that demands his recognition for the very same accolade.

This was exactly the case on November 3rd, with the excellent and masterful, not to mention very watchable, showing Joe Calzaghe put on against the formidable Mikkel Kessler. A few months, if not weeks, back, it seemed clear that Floyd Mayweather was the obvious choice for the holder of the sport's mythical and ultra respected title. But is that the case now?

With all that said, let's now look at my new list of the top-ten pound-for-pound fighters on planet earth.

1. Floyd Mayweather Junior. Welterweight. Record: 38-0(24) Last fight: W12 Oscar De La Hoya. Next fight: Ricky Hatton.

2. Manny Pacquiao. Super-featherweight. Record: 45-3-2(35) Last fight: W12 Marco Antonio Barrera. Next fight: ?

3. Joe Calzaghe. Super-middleweight. Record: 44-0(32) Last fight: W12 Mikkel Kessler. Next fight: ?

4. Juan Manuel Marquez. Super-featherweight. Record: 48-3-1(35) Last fight: W12 Rocky Juarez. Next fight: ?

5. Bernard Hopkins. Light-heavyweight. Record: 48-4-1(32) Last fight: W12 Winky Wright. Next fight: ?

6. Israel Vazquez. Super-bantamweight. Record: 42-4(31) Last fight: W TKO6 Rafael Marquez. Next fight: ?

7. Kelly Pavlik. Middleweight. Record: 32-0(28) Last fight: W TKO7 Jermain Taylor. Next fight: Jermain Taylor.

8. Rafael Marquez. Super-bantamweight. Record: 37-4(33) Last fight: L TKO6 Israel Vazquez. Next fight: ?

9. Ricky Hatton. Light-welterweight. Record: 43-0(31) Last fight: W KO4 Jose Luis Castillo. Next fight: Floyd Mayweather Junior.

10. Miguel Cotto. Welterweight. Record: 30-0(25) Last fight: W TKO11 Zab Judah. Next fight: Shane Mosley.

Article posted on 07.11.2007

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