Current Top Ten Fighters, Pound for Pound

  1. 1.
    Andre Ward
    With Mayweather "retired," Ward assumes the top spot. The last American male Olympic boxing gold medalist. Undefeated as a professional, he cleaned out the Super Middleweight division (168lbs) in the Super Six Tournament several years ago. Hasn't lost a fight of any kind, amateur or pro, since he was 14 years old (he's 31 now). A masterful boxer.
  2. 2.
    Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez
    A little fighting machine. A pinpoint, power punching, destructive fighting machine.
  3. 3.
    Gennady Golovkin
    Your friend who loves boxing, whose house you always go to for the big pay per view fight? "GGG" is his favorite fighter.
  4. 4.
    Manny Pacquiao
    Even at this stage in his career, easily beats top fighters like Tim Bradley. When he was at his best, say 5 years ago, was one of the 10 greatest fighters who ever lived. No one in boxing history went up as many weight divisions, while remaining as dominant as Pacquiao.
  5. 5.
    Terence Crawford
    Talented and skillful boxer in his prime. A big draw in Omaha, Warren Buffet comes out to watch him fight. A genuine tough guy in and out of the ring, once drove himself to the emergency room after being shot in the head in a case of mistaken identity.
  6. 6.
    Vasily Lomachenko
    2x Olympic gold medalist, Val Barker award winner for best boxer in the Olympic Games, unprecedented amateur record. Best combination of talent (speed, hand-eye coordination, power etc) and skill (application of talent) in boxing. The most special fighter in the game, IMO, and the heir- apparent to the top spot in the pound for pound list.
  7. 7.
    Sergey Kovalev
    Best light heavyweight (175lbs) in the world. A seek-and-destroy knockout artist.
  8. 8.
    Guillermo Rigondeaux
    Cuban amateur legend & 2x Olympic gold medalist turned pro when he was probably physically past prime, but still special enough to beat everyone he's faced including Nonito Donaire who was top 5 pound for pound at the time. Criticized for being boring, but I believe it's because his defense is so good, and he has such good power, his opponents don't want to take the risk to try to hit him. Little chinny (doesn't take a great shot), but truly special.
  9. 9.
    Naoya Inoue
    Japanese Super Flyweight looks to be Chocolatito's eventual big money showdown. In only 8 pro fights, has been rampaging through boxing's tiniest weight classes. They call him "The Monster".
  10. 10.
    Saul "Canelo" Alvarez
    Add a win over Miguel Cotto to the wins over Erislandy Lara and Austin Trout (the latter two the kinds of contenders in their primes that top fighters usually avoid). Canelo is now entering his physical prime and already has a wealth of experience in big fights. Only loss was to Floyd Mayweather when Canelo was only 22 years old.