Contrary to its nickname of the “Sweet Science”, few fighters can manage to get a grip on the important technicalities boxing presents. There are even members of boxing’s elite who haven’t truly mastered the craft. Despite that, this article shows those who get it right, in as many ways as they can modern day.
1. Floyd Mayweather Jr. (43-0-0 26 KO’s)
A defensive and counterpunching master, the number one ranked pound-for-pound fighter, Floyd “Money” Mayweather is clearly the best technical fighter of our era. Known for his quick feints, sharp jab and beautiful body movement few opponents can crack the “Money” code.
2. Andre Ward (26-0-0 14 KO’s)
A rising super middleweight champion holding tremendous wins against Mikkel Kessler, Arthur Abraham, Chad Dawson, Carl Froch and Edison Miranda, Andre Ward does all the little things right, he boxes behind his jab to outpoint his opponents in every minute of every round.
3. Adrien Broner
Cocky and flamboyant, two time champion Adrien Broner is reaching his physical peak. The youthful (but flawed) copy of Floyd Mayweather continues his rise through the title rankings. His long term value is still unknown, but his future looks bright.
4. Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez
“Maravilla” Martinez is the ultimate Argentinean arsenal of speed and power. He knows the angels, the movement, the fancy no-block defense. He isn’t a pure boxer, but a fistic genius.
5. Guillermo Rigondeaux
Rigondeaux was a star amateur and now the undisputed junior bantamweight champion. With over 300 amateur fights, “Rigo” blasted into the pro-ranks and just recently scored a big victory over Filipino born, California residing, Nonito Donaire. His slingshot right hand and spectacular movement scored him a lopsided decision to a multiple division champion in only his eleventh fight! In other words – he has future.
6. Juan Manuel Marquez
A smart and compact Mexican fighter Juan Manuel Marquez shatters the brawler stereotype. While he is most known for the overhand right he used to wreck Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao, Marquez is one of the greatest counterpunchers of his time.
Honorable mentions: Austin “No Doubt” Trout, Andre Dirrell, Wladimir Klitschko, Vitali Klitschko, Eddie Chambers, Steve Cunningham, Paul Malignaggi.
Original article written by David King
Rewritten by Corey Quincy