The sport of boxing has had its share of superstars who have clearly differentiated themselves from the rest of the pack over the years. Here are the top five boxers in the world right now.
1. Floyd Mayweather Jr. (42-0-0, 26 KO)
Even with all his long breaks away from boxing, Mayweather is undoubtedly the best boxer on the planet right now. With an unblemished record of 42-0, boxing’s pound-for-pound champ is yet to find an opponent that can deal with his amazing counter-punching skills. Once upon a time, Mayweather’s claim to boxing’s throne was threatened by Manny Pacquiao, but many are now starting to face the undeniable truth that Floyd is in a class of his own.
2. Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KO)
Pacquiao held boxing’s pound-for-pound title for a little while, thanks to his dominant performances against some pretty tough competitors. However, Pacquiao’s last performance against Juan Manuel Marquez took away some of the Filipino boxer’s aura. There is no question Pacquiao is one of the best fighters in the world, but at this point he’ll have to fight and beat Mayweather to regain the top spot.
3. Juan Manuel Marquez (53-6-1, 39 KO)
Marquez should be right next to Mayweather on boxing’s pound-for-pound list, but some tough decisions against Pacquiao leave him with a total of six losses in his professional career. Marquez has dominated all his opponents since 2006 besides Mayweather, and I’m sure he still has a few fights left in him.
4. Sergio Martinez (48-2-2, 27 KO)
Martinez has been hot lately, taking Kelly Pavlik’s Ring Magazine, WBC and WBO belts, and knocking out all those who have dared to challenge him since. Martinez might get to fight Mayweather next if Pacquiao doesn’t accept Floyd’s challenge to fight in May.
5. Nonito Donaire Jr. (27-1, 18 KO)
Donaire is certainly one of the top boxers in the world right now, thanks to his impressive 25 fight win streak in multiple weight classes. Donaire certainly has the skills, power and speed needed to rise up the rankings, and possibly become the greatest fighter to come out of the Philippines.