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Mid-Summer Ratings (July 11th), Best Divisions in Boxing (Revised with Super Middleweight Ratings!)

Lightweight:

1. Antonio DeMarco (WBC)

2. Ricky Burns (WBO)

3. Kevin Mitchell

4. Miguel Vasquez (IBF)

5. Richard Abril

6. Sharif Bogere

7. John Molina Jr.

8. Jorge Linares

9. Hank Lundy

10. Gavin Rees

Super Featherweight:

1. Adrien Broner (WBO)

2. Takashi Uchiyama (WBA)

3. Takahiro Ao (WBC)

4. Juan Carlos Salgado (IBF)

5. Diego Magdaleno

6. Argenis Mendez

8. Rocky Martinez

9. Juan Carlos Burgos

10. Jorge Solis

Junior Middleweight:

1. Floyd Mayweather (WBA)

2. Miguel Cotto

3. Erislandy Lara

4. Canelo Alvarez (WBC)

5. Cornelius Bundrage (IBF)

6. Austin Trout

7. Carlos Molina

8. James Kirkland

9. Vanes Martirosyan

10. Zaurbek Baysangurov (WBO, IBO)

Super Bantamweight:

1. Guillermo Rigondeaux (WBA)

2. Nonito Donaire (WBO, IBF)

3. Abner Mares (WBC)

4. Toshiaki Nishioka

5. Jeff Mathebula

6. Akifumi Shimoda

7. Wilfredo Vasquez Jr.

8. Rafael Marquez

9. Rico Ramos

10. Steve Molitor

Super Middleweight:

1. Andre Ward (WBA, Ring)

2. Carl Froch (IBF)

3. Lucian Bute

4. Mikkel Kessler

5. Robert Stieglitz (WBO)

6. Andre Dirrell (When he actually fights)

7. Sakio Bika

8. Thomas Oosthuizen (IBO)

9. Kelly Pavlik

10. Arthur Abraham

Best Divisions in Boxing:

1. Super Bantamweight

2. Welterweight

3. Super Middleweight

4. Junior Welterweight

5. Junior Middleweight

6. Featherweight

7. Light Heavyweight

8. Middleweight

9. Bantamweight

10. Flyweight

With my ratings, however minuscule they are compared to the Ring or Yahoo Sports, BoxRec, follow a few simple standards that cut through the politics of boxing in terms of paper titles, umbrella titles, hype ratings, the importance of an undefeated record, name recognition, etc. For example I don't recognize two fighters holding the same title as "champions". With the WBA super welterweight title I only recognize Floyd Mayweather as the true holder of that belt. As was the case when Miguel Cotto held the title, he was the #1 in that weight division before losing to Floyd. Austin Trout is the "Regular" WBA champion but I don't recognize his title because of the absurdity of how belts are awarded in boxing.

If two fighters have the same belt in the same division, if one of the two fighters is clearly rated higher than the second, or is the clear #1 in that division I will recognize him and him only as the true holder of that title. Same goes for so called champions in emeritus. Toshiaki Nishioka is the WBC "Champion Emeritus" while Abner Mares holds the WBC title. So in my ratings I only recognize Abner Mares as the WBC champion. It doesn't make any sense to recognize champions who are essentially retired, not defending their title, or are the second holder of a title held by someone else at the same time. When I do heavyweight ratings Alexander Povetkin will not be the WBA champion because Wladimir Klitshko won that belt by beating David Haye who was the true holder of that title. (Sounds confusing before you cut through the crap)

There are a lot of guys who have a lot to prove even though they're rated pretty high in the rankings. Canelo Alvarez didn't deserve the generous #3 rating that the Ring gave him because well, he's still not a proven elite fighter and let's be honest, Erislandy Lara strikes me as the better fighter and would beat him if that fight ever happened, which it won't because it never was going to happen.

One guy at 154 who is definitely one of the most avoided is Cornelius Bundrage. With K9 his style more than anything else might cause problems for fighters who prefer neatness and stylistic boxing over mauler tactics, of which K9 and Tim Bradley are the current President and Vice President of Maulers Inc. If you appreciate flawless boxing without a lot of mud and rough housing then K9 is not the fighter for you.

Um, that's pretty much it of course Rigondeaux sails into the #1 spot at 122. He's just that guy that you know will beat one of his top flight peers, whether it' Donaire, Mares, or Moreno. No he's not a big name with a huge following in America but that's still no excuse for Nonito Donaire, the clear #2 to reject the idea of fighting him.

Finally on the subject of expectations and while we're talking about Nonito Donaire. I wish he would just fight, win, and let his rise to super stardom happen without him forcing it to happen. He's been on a hunt for a highlight reel duplication of the same sparking he delivered to the great Fernando Montiel. Why so much focus on that knockout when in my view his KO win over Vic Darchinyan was more memorable.

Everyone expects him to be the next Manny Pacquiao but what they often overlook is how Manny became the Manny we know today. Pacquiao's rise to iconic super stardom and cross over global status happened organically. He wasn't apart of some manufactured narrative or a position to half heartedly became the biggest global icon in combat sports. Manny Pacquiao in fact was such an unlikely super star because prior to his move to 140, he was a great fighter involved in great battles with his equally great Mexican peers, however the causal and passing boxing fan as well as the mainstream public didn't know who he was at that time. We knew he was a good fighter who earned his stripes at 126 and 130 but he wasn't a huge name.

As he went up in weight and beat more high profile fighters he started to garner the attention of the mainstream. For a stretch Manny Pacquiao was the most unstoppable force in boxing and the most recognizable and iconic fighter on the planet all at the same time. Donaire should adhere to the path taken by his fellow Filipino and let his super stardom happen, don't force it and don't try too hard to achieve it for the sake of those expecting it from him. I think one of the biggest hurdles he faces is his tendency to fight based solely on the pressure of being that next superstar. His skills are not up for debate, he's a bad little dude but if he continues to fight for those other than the man in the mirror I won't be surprised if he starts to slip up more and more against opponents who are clearly inferior to him; nevermind the Guillermo Rigondeaux's of the world.

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