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Amir Khan celebrates his fifth round knockout of

Amir Khan celebrates his fifth round knockout of Zab Judah in their super lightweight world championship unification bout at Mandalay Bay Events Center. (July 23, 2011) Photo Credit: Getty Images

Manny Pacquiao still sits atop the Neutral Corner's pound for pound top 10 list, but Amir Khan, who dominated Zab Judah last Saturday, crashed the list at No.7, booting Miguel Cotto.

1. Manny Pacquiao, welterweight, (53-3-2): The WBO welterweight champ is set to take on Juan Manuel Marquez for a third time in November. Barring some unforeseen issue, this is likely a prelude to a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. next May.

2. Sergio Martinez, middleweight, (47-2-2): Martinez earned this ranking with dominating wins over Kelly Pavlik, Paul Williams and Serhiy Dzinziruk. Martinez will face European champion Darren Barker on October 1.

3. Floyd Mayweather Jr., welterweight, (41-0): Mayweather will take on southpaw Victor Ortiz on September 17 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. It’s significant because Ortiz, like Pacquiao, is a southpaw. This could set up what we’ve all been waiting for. The only reason Mayweather is third on this list is because he hasn’t fought since May 1, 2010.

4. Nonito Donaire, bantamweight, (26-1): Donaire, the WBC and WBO champ, made himself a household name after a second-round knockout of Fernando Montiel in February. The question is when does he get into the ring next and against who.

5. Wladimir Klitschko, heavyweight, (56-3): It could be a little too generous of us to have a heavyweight this high on the list, but Klitschko, now the IBF, WBO and WBA champ dominated the No.3 heavyweight in the world in David Haye with relative ease. The dearth of quality heavyweights notwithstanding, you can’t ignore his results.

6. Timothy Bradley, junior welterweight, (27-0): He’s considered by most to be the best fighter in what is arguably the best weight class in the world. But he hasn’t fought since January 29. His promoter, Gary Shaw, is suing him for breach of contract, so when he’ll fight again is anyone’s guess.

7. Amir Khan, junior welterweight (26-1): Yes, Amir Khan has earned this ranking. His fifth-round knockout of Zab Judah, his domination of Paul McCloskey and triumph against Marcos Maidana puts him oh-so close to Bradley.

8. 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. And we mean way up on this list. Marquez is the only fighter in the last half-decade to really test Pacquiao.

9. 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 Carl Froch in Showtime’s Super Six final sometime this fall. An easy win in the fight will vault him up on this list.

10. Yuriorkis Gamboa, Featherweight, (20-0): There’s little debate over who the best featherweight in the world is. Gamboa destroyed Jorge Solis last March and will face Ponce de Leon at the Boardwalk on September 10.
 

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