I know longer recognize Floyd Mayweather Jr. as the WBC Welterweight Champion since he's been fighting in a different weight class since winning that title over Victor Ortiz back in September of last year.
Pound for Pound Rankings:
1. Floyd Mayweather (WBA 154 Pound Champion)
2. Andre Ward/Sergio Martinez*
3. Nonito Donaire (Unified 122 Pound Champion)
4. Juan Manuel Marquez (WBO 140 Pound Champion)
5. Manny Pacquiao
6. Timothy Bradley (WBO 147 Pound Champion)
7. Wladimir Klitschko (Heavyweight Champion of the World)
8. Guillermo Rigondeaux (WBA 122 Pound Champion)
9. Robert Guerrero ( WBC 147 Pound Champion)
10. Chad Dawson ( Undisputed 175 Pound Champion)
I've gotten some stormy responses about my rankings, specifically where I've consistently ranked Manny Pacquiao. I believe he's not a top 5 P4P fighter anymore. It's not a lack of logical explanation, I'm not anti-Pacquiao, I'm not trolling. His win over Timothy Bradley was his best performance in a year. However what have we seen in comparison to other fighters above him on the list? Well let's ask ourselves this one question: Between Pacquiao, Ward, Martinez, Marquez, Mayweather, and Donaire whose had the more impressive run? I'd say Mayweather and Ward or Mayweather and Martinez
Junior Middleweight Rankings:
1. Floyd Mayweather (WBA)
2. Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (WBC)
3. Miguel Cotto
4. Erislandy Lara
5. Cornelius Bundrage (IBF)
6. Austin Trout
7. Vanes Martirosyan
8. James Kirkland
9. Zaurbek Baysangurov (WBO, IBO)
10. Carlos Molina
I dropped Alfredo Angulo from the rankings because he's been inactive for so long. I'll gladly put him back once he returns to form.
Josesito Lopez will likely return to 147 or 140 to resume his career. Looking back I found the entire situation with Lopez to be one of unfair disadvantage. His fight with Canelo was a farce and the amount he was given for that lopsided beat down makes you wonder why fans supported this fight to begin with. 200K for that? Sure it's not nearly as criminal as the 250 bucks Iran Barkley once received as his total purse for a fight later in his career. Lopez is still young but last night's drubbing should have earned him at least 450,000 because at no point during this event was he in a strong position as the challenger. He was, essentially the replacement who upset the real opponent back during the summer in a fight where he was a replacement.
I love boxing, but fighters deserve better, from fans and the ones who pay them to put their lives on the line. Josesito Lopez will go on, likely back where he was before the Ortiz fight. As for Canelo, he called out Mayweather and Cotto. Maybe, just maybe we'll see the red head wonder in the ring against an opponent equal in talent, size, and worth. Sometimes when I fix my lips to praise Golden Boy Promotions they let me down.
Last Night's Big Winners:
Marcos Rene Maidana
Daniel Ponce De Leon
Oscar De La Hoya
Spotlight: "Junior Finally Got a Spanking"
For all his father's bravado and his famous last name, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. learned, or at least I hope he learned a valuable lesson. Whether he wanted to accept it or not, and judging by his dismissive head shakes during the post fight presser I'm leaning toward a big NO, Junior found out what happens when you take things for granted. He took Freddie Roach for granted, he took his training camps for granted, and he took his opponent for granted. Young man, when you fight at this level you have to train like all the other fighters on said level. Your last name doesn't excuse your disrespectful and inconsiderate behavior and treatment of Freddie Roach. Roach was visibly annoyed by the frequent canceled training sessions and randomly timed work outs with younger Chavez.
I've had my opinions of Freddie as a trainer, I think there are better trainers in the game right now (Virgil Hunter, Robert Garcia) but I couldn't help but to feel sorry for him because Chavez Jr. stood him up with no remorse for his actions. He shrugged off the criticism for his lackluster approach to training as if the kid trains himself and it's his time he's wasting and not someone else's.
Will Chavez Jr. grow up and realize it takes more than your father's bravado, heart, and last name to make it in boxing? I doubt it, he's a spoiled aloof 26 year old rich kid. But I like his heart and his determination. At the very least we can't say he would rather live off the land his father set for him like most young people who grew up with loaded parents.
If the boy can marry his talent, which is still in need of some serious molding, but the talent is there. If he can marry his raw talent, his heart, and his determination with some much needed maturity and perspective I see him bouncing back and winning another world title within 6 months or so.
Last Night's Losers:
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
WBC and Jose Sulaman (He's been the WBC head honcho for three decades....does anyone else find that a bit wrong or?)
Josesito Lopez and his purse