Quijano: Pound-for-pound, third quarter update-A A +A
Saturday, October 19, 2013
WE had a busy third quarter for this year with several significant duke-outs taking place that necessitated changes in the slots.
This will be our last update before the year-end’s final rankings
1.) Floyd Mayweather Jr (45-0, 26KOs). Another masterful performance from the fighter at the apex of the sport had pundits scratching their heads.
Faced with a formidable challenge from a fighter bruited about as “the one” to topple him, Money Mayweather made Canelo Alvarez look like a clueless acolyte who did not belong in the same ring with him.
What continues to amaze are his skills which are top-notch. But even more mind-boggling is that at 36 years of age, he has managed to maintain that level of fitness and athleticism that shames all these younger fighters.
2.) Andre Ward (26-0, 14KOs). “Son of God” ascends to no 2. In our rankings on account of Juan Manuel Marquez’s loss to Timothy Bradley.
Thankfully, Ward is finally scheduled to fight and defend his WBA super middleweight crown next month against fellow undefeated fighter Edwin Rodriguez. Such a shame for such a tremendous talent to be rarely displayed.
3.) Timothy Bradley (31-0, 12KOs). “Desert Storm” ascends to no. 3 while his most recent victim, Juan Manuel Marquez dips to no. 4. Bradley earned some much-needed respect in that Marquez victory. He boxed beautifully, fought a smart fight and defused Marquez’s vaunted counter-punching skills.
4.) Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6, 40KOs). Noticeably a step slower, Marquez was nonetheless holding his own with some close rounds that could arguably have been scored either way.
Perhaps Bradley was a stylistic nightmare for “Dinamita” who was often made to look slow and ponderous by his shifty opponent. Or maybe, 40-year-olds have no business anymore drinking their stale urine?
Whatever the case, Bradley was the clear victor and Marquez should hold his head up high even in defeat for putting up a good fight, instead of sullying his name by refusing to admit he has actually lost a single fight.
5.) Sergio Gabriel Martinez (51-2, 28KOs). Martinez has not fought since defeating Martin Murray last April. In that fight, he was in trouble for some stretches and suffered a knockdown in the eighth round.
His next fight will prove crucial and will determine if the 38-year-old still has what it takes to remain in these rankings.
6.) Wladimir Klitschko (60-3, 51 KOs). “Dr. Steel Hammer” dominated Alexander Povetkin to win via unanimous decision a few weeks ago. The fight was a total mismatch despite Povetkin’s stellar billing. The Russian was knocked down four times and totally dominated by Wladimir, who utilized his reach and power advantages to the hilt.
7.) Nonito Donaire (31-2, 20KOs). “The Filipino Flash” is up for a rematch against Vic Darchinyan next month. This should serve up some fireworks and be a good rebound fight to his unanimous decision loss to crafty Cuban spoiler Gulliermo Rigondeax last April.
8.) Manny Pacquiao (54-5, 38KOs). With Bradley’s victory over his arch-rival Marquez, there’s a lot of intriguing possibilities opening up for the Pacman.
There is thus, a lot at stake when he faces off with Brandon Rios next month, whose brutal brawling style should mesh well with Pacman’s accurate sniping.
9.) Adrien Broner (27-0, 22KOS). Broner is scheduled to fight the marauding Marcus Maidana this Dec. 14. Maidana’s take-no-prisoners approach will be perfect fodder for the counter-punching Broner.
But the problem with “The Problem” is that judging from the Paulie Malignaggi fight that was closer than most fans anticipated, his defense doesn’t appear to be as solid as his idol “Money Mayweather” and Maidana hits like a mule. This should be an interesting battle.
10.) Vitali Klitschko (45-2, 41KOS). No change. “Dr Iron Fist” hasn’t fought since defeating Manuel Charr in September of last year due to injuries.
His inactivity may see him booted out from our rankings.
Not that it matters to him though. At 42, he can well ride off in to the sunset, having accomplished so much in his career and leave the division in the capable hands of younger bro Wladimir.
LAST ROUNDS. Are on two dear buddies who are with me through all calamities, natural or man-made--Atty. Alan Siu and Clifford Gaite. Happy birthday, guys and cheers!
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 20, 2013.