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Best Boxers Pound For Pound: 2012

Updated on May 5, 2017

Photos of the Cream of the Crop

Floyd Mayweather clocking Ricky Hatton on the way to scoring a knockout. England's Hatton was undefeated coming into the bout.
Floyd Mayweather clocking Ricky Hatton on the way to scoring a knockout. England's Hatton was undefeated coming into the bout. | Source
Manny Pacquiao blasting out David Diaz to win the lightweight title. Pacman ended up capturing 8 championships in 8 different weight classes.
Manny Pacquiao blasting out David Diaz to win the lightweight title. Pacman ended up capturing 8 championships in 8 different weight classes. | Source
Sergio Martinez  hitting Kermit Cintron with a hard left hand.
Sergio Martinez hitting Kermit Cintron with a hard left hand. | Source
Andre Ward attacks Mikkel Kessler on his way to winning the super middleweight championship.
Andre Ward attacks Mikkel Kessler on his way to winning the super middleweight championship. | Source
Vladimir Klitschko knocks out Calvin Brock while defending the heavyweight crown.
Vladimir Klitschko knocks out Calvin Brock while defending the heavyweight crown. | Source

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The Pound For Pound Best

1. Floyd Mayweather: Money Mayweather easily takes the number one spot with dominating performances over Sugar Shane Mosley and Vicious Victor Ortiz. Before that he, completely dismantled Juan Manuel Marquez by easy decision. His defensive skills and overall talent is second to none. Mayweather fights as a welterweight and a junior middleweight. Money May just has to many defensive weapons in his arsenal.,

2. Manny Pacquiao: The Pacman barely beat the legendary Juan Manuel Marquez, and lost a disputed decision to the undefeated Timothy Bradley. Still, Manny is one of the best offensive fighters in boxing history. He along with Pernell Whitaker, are the best south paw boxers to ever lace up the gloves. Manny currently fights as a Welterweight and a Junior Middleweight.

3. Sergio Martinez: Marvelous Martinez won the Middleweight title by unanimous decision over "The Ghost Kelly Pavlik," and followed that up by destroying Paul Williams with a devastating one punch second round knockout. He also beat two other top contenders by knockout, in defense of his title to maintain his position as the best middleweight boxer in the world. Martinez fights in the Middleweight Division.

4. Andre Ward: The undefeated Champion beat top competition all year including Arthur Abraham, Sakio Bika, Mikkel Kessler and Carl Froch to win the WBC and Ring Championships to add to his WBA title. Ward is a gold medalist and he fights a pro style now that is safety first but, he easily wins his fights. Ward fights in the Super Middleweight Division.

5. Juan Manuel Marquez: Marquez lost easily when he fought Floyd Mayweather but, when he fought Pacquiao, he lost a close decision that many people if not most fans and people, think he won. He also knocked out Michael Katsidis and Juan Diaz in title defenses. Marquez fights in the Lightweight and Junior Welterweight divisions.

6. Vladimir Klitschko or (Dr. Steel Hammer): has destroyed all of his recent opponents with ease including David Haye, Ruslan Chagaev and he also beats his opponents with ease. He avenged his loss to Lamon Brewster by knockout. His jab is long and painful to get past Klitschko fights in the Heavyweight Division.

7. Nonito Donaire or (The Filipino Flash): flattened Vic Darchinyan early in his career to set off things to come. He destroyed Fernando Montiel, Wilfredo Vazquez Jr., and the unusually tall Jeff Mathebula, to solidify his position as one of the best fighters in the world. His reflexes and power are superb. Donaire currently fights in The Junior Featherweight Division.

8. Vitali Klitschko: Vitali Klitschko has beaten Chris Arreolaand and Tomasz Adamek with ease and then with one injured arm he out pointed Derrik Chisora. His height, reach, chin and experience make him almost unbeatable. Klitschko fights in the Heavyweight Division.

9. Miguel Cotto: Cotto got revenge on Antonio Margarito by winning their fight by knockout. He lost a decision to the top of the heap, Floyd Mayweather but, not before putting up a great performance to show he still has great boxing talent. He also has beaten Zab Judah and Sugar Shane Mosley. Cotto fights in the Junior Middleweight Division.

10. Chad Dawson: Bad Chad Dawson, beat Bernard Hopkins to win The LlightHheavyweight Championship Of The World. He also has four total wins over Antonio Tarver and Glen Johnson. He uses his height and reach well and fights surprisingly well on the inside. Dawson fights in the light heavyweight and super middleweight divisions.

Update: This list was compiled before Andre Ward dominated Chad Dawson combined with Manny Pacquiao's less than stellar last two performances to elevate his status. Also, Adrien Broner has that something. That Sugar Ray Leonard something.

My end of the year list as of November 28, 2012 is as follows:

1. Floyd Mayweather

2. Andre Ward

3. Manny Paquiao

4. Sergio Martinez

5. Juan Manuel Marquez

6. Vladimir Klitschko

7. Nonito Donaire

8. Vitali Klitschko

9. Miguel Cotto

10. Adrien Broner

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Future Predictions..By A Female??

I want to give you My Top Ten list for 3 years from now, so that would be for 2015. Future predictions from the first female boxing historian.

1. Adrien Broner: He is the future Floyd Mayweather. He possesses skills on offense and defense. He is a bit flashy but, I guess that's just him. I hope he will be able to handle the pressure.

2. Andre Ward: He wins just like Broner does and that is easily even against top flight opponents. He also makes a great announcer during fights.

3. Yuri Gamboa: This boxer is fast and ferocious and if he continues to learn then he will be very hard to beat. He is one tough Cuban fighter.

4. Chad Dawson: This guy has the style and skills to adapt in the ring and win. He's not called "Bad Chad Dawson", for no reason.

5. Kell Brook: This British Welterweight is already looking hard to beat. He is young but, he is steadily improving with each fight.

6. Saul Alvarez: Canelo Alvarez is getting more polished every time he enters the squared circle. I fully expect him to become a great one before he is done.

7. Peter Quillin: Kid Chocolate is already a dangerous Welterweight but as he gets more experience expect him to win titles.

8. Andre Dirrell- Dirrell will rise to the occasion under 50 cent and Floyd Mayweather's promotional banner. He has great boxing talent.

9. Wladimir Klitschko- Laugh if you want to but Klitschko can fight for another 3 or 4 years and win on size, guile and experience and he will.

10. Guillermo Rigondeaux- Guillermo is one of the best amateur boxers ever and as a pro he looks poised and ready to take over.

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© 2012 Buster Johnson

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    • S.Graveson profile image

      S.Graveson 4 years ago from Cumbria, UK

      No love for Anselmo Moreno or Roman Gonzalez?

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      Buster Johnson 4 years ago from Alabama

      Most Definitely got love for them especially Moreno but not top 10

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      zandrew 4 years ago

      Donaire deserves to be the number 2 p4p

      Cuz most of the boxers in this list cant win multiple division like nonito did(except mayweather&pacquiao ofcourse)

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      Buster Johnson 4 years ago from Alabama

      Nonito is awesome but Andre Ward is the future.

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