Quijano: Pound for pound rankings 2014

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By Jingo Quijano

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014


BEFORE we are overwhelmed by the expected influx of marquee fights this year, let’s tether our fistic perspective by putting out our pound-for- pound rankings at the start of the year 2014.

1.)Floyd Mayweather Jr (45-0, 26KOs). At age 36, “Money” continues to bewilder boxing pundits. In his last fight in Sept. 2013, he repulsed the formidable challenge Saul Alvarez and demonstrated how wide a chasm exists between him and rest of the field.

He has not yet named his opponent for his next fight in May but Amir Khan seems to have an inside track, while Marcos Maidana’s name continues to crop up as a dark horse.

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2.)Andre Ward (27-0, 14KOs). “Son of God” maintains his solid hold of the no. 2 spot as he handily defeated Edwin Rodriguez last November 2013 via unanimous decision. The previously undefeated Rodriguez was totally outclassed by the WBA super-middleweight champion, as Ward demonstrated his versatility, pummeling his challenger on the inside then scoring with jabs and hooks when he chose to engage from a distance.

Ward is so talented that fans are wishing he would be wiling to come down in weight to face undefeated Gennady Golovkin at middleweight or even Mayweather at a catchweight.

3.)Timothy Bradley (31-0, 12KOs). No change here. “Desert Storm” maintains his lofty no. 3 rank, but expect that to change as he is scheduled to face Manny Pacquiao in a rematch this April 12 at the MGM Grand.

The controversial verdict in their first encounter has succeeded in drumming up mainstream interest in the rematch.

4.)Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6, 40KOs). No change. “Dinamita” was in so much denial after his loss to Bradley that he has turned off many fans who were appalled by his continued insistence of being robbed at close fights. Marquez is still an excellent fighter at age 40, but expect him to become increasingly selective of his remaining opponents to maximize earning potential.

5.) Sergio Gabriel Martinez (51-2, 28KOs). No change. At 38 years of age, Martinez may not have much left in his tank. His inactivity and form in his last couple of fights may see him booted out of our ranks anytime soon.

6.) Wladimir Klitschko (60-3, 51 KOs). No change. He dominated Alexander Povetkin to win via unanimous decision last October. Povetkin was overmatched and the fight was so boring even the Russians started booing in the first few rounds.

Klitschko has notched a total of 22 defenses spanning two title reigns. He dominates his opponents with his size, but also clinches and pushes them whenever he gets the chance. Love him or hate him, we may have to wait till he retires before some life is pumped into the heavyweight division.

7.Guillermo Rigondeaux (13-0, 8KOs)- Rigondeaux followed up his seminal win over Nonito Donaire with unanimous decision victory over Joseph Agbeko last December. Rigo was his usual swift and elusive self, darting in and out of harm’s way and landing stinging counters.

Agbeko was never in the fight, but the problem was-so were the fans. Most of them started heading out to the exits while the main event was going on. Rigo’’s defensive approach will continue to alienate the boxing public and this will hurt his bid for super stardom.

8 Nonito Donaire (322, 21Os). “The Filipino Flash” bounced back from the loss to Rigo with another scintillating knockout of rival Vic Darchinyan last December.

While many pondered how he could be ranked so high in the pound for pound charts after struggling with the “Raging Bull” over 9 rounds, people tend to forget that Darchinyan has only lost by knockout twice- both inflicted by Donaire.

9.) Manny Pacquiao (54-5, 38KOs). No change here. His rematch with Bradley in April is expected to provided some measure of justice over the ghastly verdict he received the first time. But don’t tell Bradley that as the latter is supremely confident this time around, he’ll emerge as the clear victor.

10.) Vitali Klitschko (45-2, 41KOS). “Dr Iron Fist” maintains his spot on account of Adrien Broner’s departure. Klitschko hasn’t fought since defeating Manuel Charr in September of last year due to injuries. He is reportedly running for President of Ukraine in 2015 but hasn’t officially announced his retirement yet from the sport.

LAST ROUNDS. Are on Cora Seno, and on me guys, as we celebrate our birthdays this week. With all that’s going on nowadays, I’m convinced that birthdays are really meant to be celebrated. After all, getting old is becoming a privilege. Cheers!

(jingo_quijano@yahoo.com)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 05, 2014.

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