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Neutral Corner P4P list: Pac No.1

HBO Sports president Ken Hershman told a group

HBO Sports president Ken Hershman told a group of boxing writers during his introductory news conference at HBO's Manhattan office that the back-and-forth between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather has become an obstacle to making other bouts. Credit: Getty Images

Here's the Neutral Corner latest pound-for-pound top fighter's list. Nothing has changed this week. 

1. Manny Pacquiao, welterweight, (53-3-2): The WBO welterweight champ, fresh off a one-sided victory over Shane Mosley, is set to take on Juan Manuel Marquez for the third time. Barring something crazy happening, Pacquiao will stay on this list until the next time he steps in the ring. 

2. Sergio Martinez, middleweight, (47-2-2): Martinez rose to the top with dominating wins over Kelly Pavlik, Paul Williams and Serhiy Dzinziruk. So who’s next?

3. Floyd Mayweather, welterweight, (41-0): The only reason Floyd is third on this list is because he hasn’t fought since May 1, 2010. And there's still no word on who and when he will fight.

4. Nonito Donaire, bantamweight, (26-1): Donaire made himself a household name after a second-round knockout of Fernando Montiel.

5. Timothy Bradley, junior welterweight, (27-0): He’s the best fighter in what is arguably the best weight class in the world. Bradley could help himself here if he would take the $1.4 million offer and fight Amir Khan on July 23.

6. Juan Manuel Marquez, lightweight, (52-5-1): Marquez will get one more chance to topple Manny Pacquiao on November 12. If he does it, he moves up on this list.

7. Andre Ward, super middleweight, (23-0): Ward hasn’t broken a sweat in the ring in over four years, with easy wins over Arthur Abraham, Sakio Bika, Allan Green and Mikkel Kessler. He’ll face the winner of Carl Froch and Glen Johnson in Showtime’s Super Six final.

8. Wladimir Klischko, heavyweight, (55-3): The current IBF and WBO champ will move up with a win over David Haye on July 2. It’s tough for a heavyweight to get a high ranking on a pound-for-pound list, especially when the competition is lacking.

9. Giovani Segura, flyweight, (27-1-1): Segura is the best flyweight in the world.

10. Miguel Cotto, junior middleweight, (36-2): All the talk of Cotto being on the decline notwithstanding, the Puerto Rican native still has only two losses. He could very well get a rematch with Pacquiao. No word of who Cotto is fighting next.

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