Pound-for-pound boxing rankings
Pacquiao's stunningly swift and brutal win over
He's back, so he's in. Mayweather's return has the boxing world abuzz, but it's not enough to earn him the top spot he vacated when he retired. Not with Pacquiao demolishing every opponent put in front of him. The questions about Floyd's fight with Marquez are obvious. But here's a less obvious one: How will Mayweather's body respond to dropping to the 143-pound catch-weight for the first time in four years?
Marquez's power seems to increase with his weight. He ended his first two fights at lightweight with spectacular knockouts and has clearly established himself as the world's dominant 135-pounder. But will it continue to grow at 143 pounds against Mayweather?
The 37-year-old Mosley looked 10 years younger when he dismantled
Hopkins has said he will retire in June if he can't find a big fight and there aren't a whole lot out there. After low-balling
Memo to HBO and Showtime: one of you needs to step up and make Pavlik-
Dawson is 6-foot-3, 175 pounds with a frame that looks like it is carved out of granite. So why can't he knock out anyone? You could make the argument that the slick Antonio Tarver is a tough KO (and you would be right), but watching Dawson stall when he seemed to have Tarver reeling in the final four rounds of their light heavyweight title fight on May 9 makes me wonder if Dawson will ever achieve superstar status.
Cotto rebounded nicely from last summer's savage beating at the hands of
Williams is a victim of his own success. The more he beats the second-tier fighters, the less the first-tier guys want to fight him. The welterweights won¹t touch him and the junior welterweight division doesn¹t have anyone who could hope to challenge him. That leaves the middleweights. If Pavlik can¹t secure a fight with Abraham, then a showdown with the volume-punching Williams would be a good match.
First, Darchinyan beats (and shuts up)