Mayweather show rolls on

  • By: Derek Bilton
  • Last Updated: June 4 2013, 6:26 BST

Our boxing expert Derek Bilton presents his latest world top 10 pound-for-pound list with Floyd Mayweather still top of the pops.

Floyd Mayweather: Now set to fight Saul Alvarez
Floyd Mayweather: Now set to fight Saul Alvarez

Floyd Mayweather's facile points win over the highly touted Robert Guerrero re-affirmed the fact that he remains the best pound-for-pound fighter in the sport today.

Making light of a year (precisely) on the sidelines, plus a stint in prison, Mayweather put on a clinic to totally outbox Guerrero in front of an appreciative Las Vegas audience.

Floyd's sharpness was jaw-dropping. He is such a precise puncher and rarely wastes a shot. Indeed if he hadn't damaged his right hand I am in no doubt he would have forced the stoppage against Guerrero, who try as he might just couldn't get close enough to pull the trigger against the greatest fighter of his generation.

The good news for fight fans is there will be no 12-month sabbatical after this. 'Money' Mayweather is staying busy. The word is he banked US$32million for his evening's work and having signed a lucrative contract with Showtime recently he is out again on September 14.

Team Mayweather have announced the likely opponent for that date will be unbeaten Mexican Saul Alvarez.

'Canelo' is the WBC and WBA champion at light-middleweight and a fighter unbeaten in 43 pro fights. He scored the best win of his career last time out when he beat Austin Trout and - like all the great Mexicans - he comes to fight with his body attacks savage and relentless.

Should it materialise, this one is a proper superfight with both men undefeated in 87 pro outings between them.

Alvarez is just 22 but has shown a maturity in the ring that belies his tender years. He's hugely popular with the lucrative Hispanic market and the fight would no doubt do crazy PPV numbers as it takes place on Mexican Independence Day weekend.

The key I feel is what weight the fight will be made at. The word is the bout will be made at a catchweight of 152lbs. Alvarez has spent recent years at 154 (the light-middle limit) while Mayweather can easily make 147 if required.

He boxed Miguel Cotto and Oscar De La Hoya at 154 so I find it interesting that he wants 'Canelo' to drop 2lbs for the fight to go ahead. Brinkmanship? Time will tell but this is a match up the sport badly needs. A proper fight between two of the world's best.

And a proper fight between two of the world's best is what Matchroom delivered recently as Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler waged another war, this time in London.

Froch may have left it too late to crack the world 'pound-for-pound' top 10 but if there was a 'pound-for-pound' list for chins Froch would definitely top it.

Kessler hit him with bomb after bomb and 'The Cobra' simply shrugged it off, electing to stand and trade and unleash his huge shots. Naturally talk turned to a return with Andre Ward in the aftermath, this time on English soil, but I am not convinced the 'Son of God' has the minerals to take his show on the road.

A third fight with Kessler would make sense given the close nature of their first two battles and the fact there is unfinished business with the scored tied at 1-1. Nailing down a venue could be a problem but the way the two men have dealt with each other before, during and after battle has been totally refreshing in a sport where trash-talk is king.

Nicaragua have had some outrageously gifted fighters down the years, none better than Alexis Arguello - 'The Explosive Thin Man' who ruled the roost in the 1970s and early 1980s - and in Roman Gonzalez they may have unearthed another gem.

Just 25, Gonzalez scored win number 35 of a quite brilliant career to date as he destroyed Ronald Barrera recently. The WBA world light-flyweight champion looks to have it all. However, he may be forced to move up to 112lbs having cleaned out the division. He says he has WBC flyweight champion Akira Yaegashi in his sights and he is a fighter to keep an eye on in the coming months.

Another Hispanic causing panic in 'pound-for-pound' terms recently is Abner Mares, who looked absolutely brilliant in his featherweight debut against the rugged Daniel Ponce De Leon.

Mares dropped the normally durable De Leon twice en route to a rather facile ninth-round stoppage win and the kid looks a bit special. Having proved himself at super-bantam the plan now is to show he is a boss at featherweight and if Golden Boy can lure the likes of Chris John and/or Leo Santa Cruz to the table boxing can look forward to further glory nights.

Sportinglife.com pound-for-pound world top 10:

1 Floyd Mayweather
2 Juan Manuel Marquez
3 Andre Ward
4 Manny Pacquaio
5 Adrien Broner
6 Guillermo Rigondeaux
7 Sergio Martinez
8 Timothy Bradley
9 Wladimir Klitschko
10 Saul Alvarez

Honourable mentions: Gennady Golovkin, Abner Mares, Roman Gonzalez, Brandon Rios, Nonito Donaire, Carl Froch and Yuriorkis Gamboa.


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