Top 10 pound-for-pound boxers
Newsday's Greg Logan ranks the best pound-for-pound boxers in the sport nearly midway through the 2015 fight calendar. The top 10 are presented below in countdown order.
10. Terence Crawford(Credit: AP)
Moving up to win vacant WBO super lightweight title stripped from Long Island's Chris Algieri when he fought for the welterweight title against Pacquiao last November, Terence Crawford (26-0, 18 KOs) started slowly but scored an impressive sixth-round TKO over Thomas Dulorme, who was down three times in the final round. Crawford was 2014 BWAA Fighter of the Year.
9. Juan Manuel Marquez(Credit: Getty Images)
The 41-year-old Juan Manuel Marquez last fought a year ago in a lopsided decision over Mike Alvarado when he suffered a knee injury that reportedly still is bothering him. IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook, who fights Frankie Gavin on May 30, has said he would welcome a future fight with Marquez (56-7-1, 40 KOs), who might jump at a title shot.
8. Miguel Cotto(Credit: Getty Images)
Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) revived his career with a 10th-round stoppage of Sergio Martinez last June at Madison Square Garden for the WBC middleweight title. He faces Daniel Geale (34-3, 16 KOs) June 6 at Barclays Center in what looms as a dangerous bout for the 34-year-old Cotto, who with a win can choose between Alvarez and Golovkin for big money.
7. Manny Pacquiao(Credit: Getty Images)
Manny Pacquiao recently underwent surgery to repair a right rotator cuff tear after losing a unanimous decision to Floyd Mayweather Jr. Of course, he had $120 million reasons to still fight despite the injury. Pacquiao wants a rematch, but Mayweather already has ruled it out. Still, it seems certain Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs) will fight again when hes healthy in about a year.
6. Carl Froch(Credit: AP)
The future is uncertain for Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KOs), who gave up his IBF title and was stripped of his WBA super middleweight belt for failing to defend it for nearly a year. He was hoping to fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., but a Chavez loss ruined that plan. Froch might retire after suffering an elbow injury, but a bout with Gennady Golovkin remains possible.
5. Sergey Kovalev(Credit: Getty Images)
Sergey Kovalev, the WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight champion, ranks as one of boxing's emerging stars following a unanimous decision over the great Bernard Hopkins in November and then his spectacular eight-round stoppage of Jean Pascal in Montreal on March 14. Next up for Kovalev (27-0-1, 24 KOs) is Nadjib Mohammedi (37-3, 23 KOs) on July 18 in Las Vegas.
4. Saul "Canelo" Alvarez(Credit: Getty Images)
In his third win since a disappointing 2013 loss to Mayweather, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) regained his flair on May 9 with a dramatic third-round KO of James Kirkland after two previous knockdowns. Assuming Miguel Cotto can get past Daniel Geale in June, Alvarez likely will move up to challenge for Cotto's WBC middleweight belt in the fall.
3. Wladimir Klitschko(Credit: Getty Images)
WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko ran his streak of successful title defenses to 19 with a dull unanimous decision over Bryant Jennings in April at Madison Square Garden, and he has 22 straight wins over the past 11 years. In terms of the numbers hes compiling, Klitschko (64-3, 53 KOs) is approaching Joe Louis' records for longevity as champ.
2. Gennady Golovkin(Credit: Getty Images)
Gennady Golovkin, the WBA/IBO middleweight champion, ran his streak of stoppages to 19 straight in February with an 11th-round TKO of Martin Murray, who was down three times, including twice from body punches. Easily the most expert and entertaining boxer-puncher in the sport, Golovkin (32-0, 29 KOs) has trouble getting top foes into ring. Expect a blowout of Willie Monroe Jr. Saturday.
1. Floyd Mayweather Jr.(Credit: Getty Images)
Floyd Mayweather Jr.s five-years-too-late bout with Manny Pacquiao was worth a record $500 million in revenue because of the wait, but the bout would have been better in 2010 when both were in their prime. Theres no denying the brilliant defensive skills of Mayweather (48-0, 26 KOs), but the self-titled TBE (The Best Ever) is one-dimensional compared to Sugar Ray Robinson, Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, etc.