29.5.08

BoxingWatchers.com Boxing Power Rankings - May 2008

With no big fights set for the last weekend of May thanks to Zab Judah's arm injury, it's safe to go ahead and do the latest installment of our boxing power rankings. Some of my friends have asked why we don't just do a pound for pound list, and it's quite simple: there's already plenty of them out there, some of which are done by people who know a lot more about boxing than we do.

Our rankings reflect who's done well recently (defined as three years back from today) against opponents with good records. For more, read this.

On to the May rankings...

1. Miguel Cotto - 25.50 - If you read a site like this, you're definitely looking forward to seeing Cotto fight Antonio Margarito in July. You are excited, right?

2. David Haye - 24.15 - Now that he's signed to Golden Boy, he should be able to get the fights he wants at heavyweight. Wladimir Klitschko is one of them, no doubt.

3. Kelly Pavlik - 19.03 - There don't seem to be too many challenges left for him at middleweight (Arthur Abraham, maybe?). But how about moving up to face Joe Calzaghe?

4. Wladimir Klitschko - 19.00 - Hasn't captured the hearts of American fans. But they love him back home.

5. Manny Pacquiao - 16.61 - It almost seems sacrilegious to say it, but Pacman doesn't seem like the force of nature he once was. That may be even more apparent as he moves up to lightweight.

6. Floyd Mayweather Jr. - 15.60 - Oscar De La Hoya says he's got the strategy to beat Floyd when they face off again this fall. I'm not so sure.

7. Israel Vazquez - 15.30 - Hopefully this guy is enjoying some well-deserved down time. He had one of the ugliest faces I've ever seen on a winning boxer after his third fight with Rafael Marquez.

8. Chris John - 15.05 - He's staying active, though it's against boxers I don't know. Or anyone knows, for that matter.

9. Ricky Hatton - 14.76 - Give his team credit for understanding that his style doesn't lend itself to longevity. Hopefully the Hitman gives us a few more fights worth of thrills and then walks away.

10. Samuel Peter - 13.10 - Through no fault of his own, has little chance to get a shot at unifying the heavyweight titles. He can thank Vitali Klitschko for that.

The next 7: Nate Campbell, Juan Diaz, Antonio Margarito, Joe Calzaghe, Arthur Abraham, Cristian Mijares, Lucian Bute

3 comments:

uatu said...

Pacquiao's rumored move to lightweight? His fight with Diaz is much more than a rumor at this point.

The Franchise said...

Duly noted and corrected!

Jason said...

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