The first half of 2010 has come to an end yet the much anticipated proposed bout between seven-division world champion Manny Pacquiao and undefeated defensive genius Floyd Mayweather Jr. has yet to come into fruition. The first few months of the year was marred with such euphoric excitement starting off with “The Event” held in the 80,000 seater Dallas Cowboys Stadium that featured no less than the Filipino sensation himself.
Mayweather also had his fair share of boxing limelight having surpassed 1 million PPV buys in his 12-round methodical dismantlement of future hall of famer Shane Mosley.
Nevertheless, the pound for pound rankings hasn’t been shook that much. With that let’s take a closer look at how things shaped up during the first half of 2010.
Coming off a brilliant campaign in 2009, the seven division world champion and reigning WBO welterweight champion started the year with a lopsided unanimous decision win against Joshua Clottey in a bout attended by more than 50,000 spectators. Upon the collapse of the negotiations with the Mayweather camp, Pacquiao expressed his willingness to fight anyone, most likely, the “Tijuana Tornado” Antonio Margarito.
Despite a one-sided boxing clinic he performed against Shane Mosley, Mayweather worth fell simultaneously with the collapse of the mega fight with Pacquiao. As to who’s to blame no one really knows, Pacquiao fanatics blame the defensive wizard while the Mayweather side blames the offensive spitfire.
Williams display a huge height and reach advantage and his ability to move up and down in weight makes him the most versatile fighter in this list. He’s a great boxer and tactician and he knows how to utilize his advantages.
4) Wladimir Klitschko
Klitschko may not have the killer instinct or the destructive aggression heavyweights of the 90’s possess but he sure knows how to maximize the use of his skills. Perhaps the most technically-gifted heavyweight of all time.
5) Juan Manuel Marquez
Marquez bounced back from a humiliating loss against Mayweather by winning an impressive unanimous decision against Houston’s favorite son, Juan Diaz. Marquez is now lobbying for a third encounter with Pacquiao – something which he has done nothing to be worthy of.
6) Juan Manuel Lopez
The most feared fighter in the lower weight divisions. Lopez uses his Paul Bunyan-like power and brute strength to overwhelm his opponent. His latest victim, the unheralded Abe Concepcion.
7) Nonito Donaire
In the years to come most likely upon the retirement of Pacquiao and Mayweather, Donaire may just take the boxing world by storm and crown himself king of the sport. Since knocking out Vic Darchinyan in 2007, Donaire has had a tough time in getting big fights as opponents especially the Japanese champions and some Mexicans (they know who they are) are seemingly “afraid” of facing the Filipino flash which possesses a perfect blend of speed and power, coupled with a high boxing IQ.
8) Ivan Calderon
The purest boxer today, Calderon may be unable to knock out my younger sister but he makes up for it with a genuine display of boxing skills and technical brilliance.
9) Fernando Montiel
If there could be a boxer that can pose serious threat to Donaire’s inevitable rise, it’s no less than the Mexican bantamweight king himself. Montiel is just as skilled and just as powerful as Donaire and who know’s Donaire and Montiel could possibly be the Pacquiao and Mayweather of the future.
10) Amir Khan
One of the rising stars of the sport, the British superstar undoubtedly possesses huge potentials and what way to hone those potentials other than a visit or two to Freddie Roach’s wildcard gym.