Floyd Mayweather remains No.1 in the Neutral Corner pound-for-pound top 10. Although his grade for his fight against Victor Ortiz remains incomplete because of how it ended, we still think he's tops in the business.
The big surprise was at No2. Andre Ward gets rewarded for winning Showtime's Super Six World Boxing Classic championship. We dropped Manny Pacquiao to third after his less than impressive performance against Juan Manuel Marquez.
1. Floyd Mayweather Jr., welterweight (42-0): The “Money” man is still No.1. And it’s mostly because Manny Pacquiao looked shaky against Juan Manuel Marquez. Although you can make an argument Mayweather’s grade from his against Victor Ortiz is incomplete because the way it ended, he still was more impressive than Pacquiao was for the three-plus rounds he fought. Mayweather caught a break on Friday as a judge pushed back his jail date to June. Mayweather will fight on May 5.
2. Andre Ward, super middleweight, (24-0): There could be some debate over this. But the Neutral Corner thinks Ward is the No.2 P4P fighter in the world. Sorry Pacquiao, sorry Sergio Martinez, but Ward has defeated an impressive string of fighters in a three-year span. He’s beaten Arthur Abraham, Sakio Bika, Allan Green, Mikkel Kessler and Carl Froch in succession. There isn’t a fighter on this list whose list of opponents comes close to that.
3. Manny Pacquiao, welterweight, (54-3-2): The WBO welterweight champ won via majority decision against Juan Manuel Marquez. It wasn't exactly highway robbery as some have suggested, but Pacquiao didn't look great and the fight could've easily been scored a draw.
4. Sergio Martinez, middleweight, (48-2-2): Martinez earned this ranking with dominating wins over Kelly Pavlik, Paul Williams, Serhiy Dzinziruk and Darren Barker. Next up for Martinez is a tilt with Matthew Macklin on March 17.
5. Nonito Donaire, super bantamweight, (27-1): Donaire, the WBC and WBO bantamweight champ, dominated Omar Andres Narvaez in October. He made himself a household name in boxing after a second-round knockout of Fernando Montiel last February. He’s moving up to super bantamweight to face Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. for the vacant WBO super bantamweight title on February 4.
6. Wladimir Klitschko, heavyweight, (56-3): Klitschko, the IBF, WBO and WBA champ dominated the No.3 heavyweight in the world in David Haye with relative ease last summer. The dearth of quality heavyweights notwithstanding, you can’t ignore his results.
7. Yuriorkis Gamboa, Featherweight, (21-0): There’s little debate over who the best featherweight in the world is. Gamboa destroyed Jorge Solis last March and barely broke a sweat in a win over Ponce de Leon at the Boardwalk on September 10. Gamboa gets Rocky Juarez on March 3.
8. Juan Manuel Marquez, lightweight, (52-7-1): Marquez gave Pacquiao all he had and actually moves up a spot because we had to drop Khan. There are some who believe Marquez was robbed. The Neutral doesn't necessarily believe that, the fight could've easily been a draw or in Marquez's favor, 115-113. Marquez wants another shot at Pacquiao. Not sure when or if that will happen.
9. Timothy Bradley, junior welterweight, (28-0): He’s considered by most to be the best fighter in what is arguably the best weight division in the world. He shook off a lot of ring rust in a dominating win over Joel Casamayor on the Pacquiao-Marquez card. Will he ever step into the ring with Khan?
10. Amir Khan, junior welterweight (26-2): Khan drops four places after his controversial loss to Lamont Peterson. The only reason he is still on this list is because of how poorly his fight with Peterson was officiated. A rematch at a neutral location would likely produce a difference result.