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Neutral Corner: Pacquiao No.1

Manny Pacquiao celebrates after defeating Shane Mosley by

Manny Pacquiao celebrates after defeating Shane Mosley by unanimous decision during a WBO welterweight title bout. (May 7, 2011) Credit: AP

Here it is. The Neutral Corner's P4P top fighter's list. It's obviously a fluid list that can and will change from month to month.  

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.

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.

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.

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.

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