After a star-billed night of boxing, I was surprised by Garcia’s performance but I think everyone, when using their heads, knew that Alvarez wasn’t a match for Mayweather.
12 Oct – Timmothy Bradley v Juan Manuel Marquez
16 Nov – Andre Ward v Edwin Rodriguez
23 Nov – Manny Pacquiao v Brandon Rios
23 Nov – Carl Froch v George Groves
10. Saul Alvarez
Possibly took the Mayweather fight too soon, the ginger Mexican still has a stellar record especially for someone of his age. I still believe he has the talent to become one of his generation’s best boxers but it’s crystal clear that Money was just far too good for Canelo to deal with.
9. Adrien Broner
After easily disposing of Gavin Rees, I though Broner would kick on but his split decision victory against Paulie Malignaggi wasn’t quite as convincing as Broner himself would have wanted. Still, hailing from Ohio, this young man has bigger fights lying ahead of him.
8. Carl Froch
Possibly my favourite boxer of all time, his warrior’s attitude is as good as any in the history of boxing. Never one to back down from a challenge, Froch will most likely look to take on Ward in a rematch. A win would propel him to legendary status but a loss will likely see the end of his career as a big time boxer. Obviously I hope for a British win but unfortunately can only see one winner.
7. Timothy Bradley
Another undefeated American boxer who is quickly rising up the rankings, Bradley is set for a humongous showdown with Marquez. Obviously this fight could have huge reprecussions throughout the boxing world.
6. Danny Garcia
I had no idea that Garcia had this much boxing talent. He didn’t dismantle Matthysse but his win was undeniable. The American-Mexican fighter could make his way into the top five sooner rather than later. A rematch with Matthysse might be his best option at this moment.
5. Juan Manuel Marquez
Marquez has finally rectified his record against Manny Pacquiao. Rising from the undeserved losses his made Pacquiao look extremely ordinary. Only time will tell if that due to a decline in Pacquiao’s ability or a reemergence of Marquez’s undeterring will to win.
4. Sergio Martinez
The Argentinian middleweight has defeated almost all in his division, but will probably face a challenge from Gennady Golovkin sooner rather than later.
3. Andre Ward
The way Ward brushed aside a proven warrior in Carl Froch was almost reminiscent of Floyd Mayweather dismantling Ricky Hatton’s gameplan. His dominance of the Super Middleweight class has been undeniable and his standing in the sport is increasing by the second though he may need to fight soon, even if there isn’t anyone close to his ability: he has the talent and dedication to top these rankings.
2. Wladimir Klitschko
The Ukranian-born heavyweight lacks the credit and praise that he truly deserves. He destroys all before him and is almost the prototype for a perfect boxer. His size and reach almost makes him untouchable, whilst his demeanour and atitude is almost robotic at times allowing him to perform under the most provocative of circumstances.
1. Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Is there anymore that needs to be said about Money? He is one of the greatest boxers of all time, perhaps the best defensive boxer ever. His style may not be innovative but his execution is perfect. His age is perhaps the only thing that can defeat him now, his matchup against Alvarez was oh so simple for the masterful American. I would like to see him face Sergio Martinez and Danny Garcia next. A win against Martinez would be enough to secure his place in the top three boxers of all time in my opinion.