Mayweather Remains Number One In World Rankings

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1) FLOYD MAYWEATHER – still the No 1 man, in the pay-per-view as well as pound-for-pound ratings, despite a non-vintage year compromising two typically proficient, matador-like handlings of Marcos Maidana’s bull-rushes from the Argentinian pampas.

2) MANNY PACQUIAO – back to dazzling form in 2014, first avenging the travesty of last year’s decision gifted to Tim Bradley by the Las Vegas judges, then seeing off new young champion Chris Algieri by the basketball score of 120-102. Time, surely, for the PacMan and Money man to finally get it on in 2015.

3) GENNADY GOLOVKIN – once the most ducked fighter in the world, now demonstrating why as three more stoppages in 2014 give the Kazakh assassin the highest knock-out percentage in the history of the classic middleweight division. Our own Martin Murray never dodges anyone but he had better duck the biggest of Golovkin’s punches in Monte Carlo on February 21.

4)WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO – credit, please, where credit is due as the Ukraine’s gentleman ambassador to world boxing moves ever close to the longest reign in heavyweight history.

5) ROMAN GONZALEZ – the Nicaraguan sensation may be small but is perfectly formed and can be ignored in these lists no longer, as this current Ring and WBC flyweight champion rides an unblemished record of 41 wins including 35 K0s up through the divisions towards more world titles.

6)GUILLERMO RIGONDEAUX – Cuba’s former amateur superstar continues to gain admiration from the purists, if not the blood-lusters, as the 14 all-win world light-featherweight champion with the WBA, WBO and Ring magazine.

7)JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ – still, at 41, the Mexican to be reckoned with in the Mayweather-Pacquiao firmament, if his wonky knee does not force him into retirement.

8) CARL FROCH – although Amir Khan is knocking on the top 10 door now, the Nottingham Cobra remains our only presence in the world ratings by virtue of his devastating KO of George Groves in that Wembley Stadium spectacular. And he’s up one place.

9) TIM BRADLEY – has not seemed the same man since Pacquiao took his revenge for that miscarriage of justice – but that is still the only defeat on his record and he clings on at ninth.

10) VASYL LOMACHENKO – the genius amateur from Ukraine rockets into my top 10 after only four pro fights, having won the WBO world featherweight title in the third of those, then commandingly defended it against a 52-1 former world champion from Thailand despite breaking a hand in the third round. Overnight, a star is born.

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