All about 'Money' at the top

  • By: Derek Bilton
  • Last Updated: October 1 2013, 10:36 BST

Our boxing expert Derek Bilton presents his world top 10 pound-for-pound list after Floyd Mayweather's latest impressive victory.

Floyd Mayweather on his way to victory over Saul Alvarez.
Floyd Mayweather on his way to victory over Saul Alvarez.

Imperious, impregnable and mightily impressive. That was Floyd Mayweather as he chalked up win number 45 of a Hall-of-Fame career by outfoxing Saul Alvarez.

Mayweather pitched a near shut out and so the world held its collective breath as the result was announced as a majority decision. Thankfully the right man won but how CJ Ross scored that fight 114-114 I'll never know.

Floyd is almost 37 yet he looked absolutely sensational against a game challenger who was hypnotized on the night by Floyd's unique blend of speed and ring generalship. Credit to Canelo for sticking to the task but it was man against boy out there for the most part and it seems the fight did indeed come a few years too early for the Hispanic prodigy.

'Money' Mayweather pocketed a guaranteed $41.5million (all-time record for a base purse) for his work but will have earned over double that once the PPV revenue is finalized.

The big question now is where does Mayweather go next? He is two fights into a lucrative multi-bout deal with Showtime and Alvarez was seen as his biggest challenge. Yeah right. He toyed with the Mexican, and finished without so much as a scratch as he went through the motions with a smile on his face at the post-fight presser.

There are options. Danny Garcia scored a fine win on the same bill against Lucas Matthysse. Garcia deserves props for maintaining an unbeaten record despite starting as the betting dog against Matthsse, Amir Khan and others en route to compiling a record that now stands at 27-0.

Then there is the winner of the Khan v Devon Alexander scrap. Sergio Martinez. Or, dare I say it, Manny Pacquiao should Pacman come through against Brandon Rios in November.

Make no mistake about it. Mayweather v Pacquiao is still a mega-fight, though it will have lost some of the lustre it may have had if it was made in 2009.

One fight some fans have been calling for is Mayweather v Gennady Golovkin. As a fantasy match up it's the best out there but the 27-0 (24) Golovkin is a big middleweight and you just cannot expect Mayweather, the 'pound-for-pound' king, to move up to 160 just to accommodate a fighter who has only been getting any real exposure in the past 12 months.

That's all for the future of course. For now it's all about appreciating the genius of Mayweather, a fighter with the skill set and the drive to have hung in any era. That he is still doing his thing as he edges closer to 40 is testament to his greatness but we as fans need to appreciate him while he is still here.

It's not been a vintage month for unbeaten Mexicans, with both Alvarez and the exciting Abner Mares losing within a few weeks of each other.

Mares was pole-axed by Jhonny Gonzalez, a fearsome but faded puncher who caught Mares in the first stanza of their world title fight and never let him off the hook. Look for Mares to exercise his rematch clause however and I'd back him to gain his revenge on Gonzalez.

As Alvarez drops off the list (I have a feeling it's not the last we will be hearing of him in P4P terms however) Roman Gonzalez enters the fray.

The light-flyweight recently moved up a division and at 26 the Nicaraguan fan favourite is now at his peak. A record of 35-0 and with freakish power makes him a welcome addition to the 112 pound weight class.

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 Gennady Golovkin
8 Timothy Bradley
9 Sergio Martinez
10 Roman Gonzalez

Honourable mentions: Wladimir Klitschko, Saul Alvarez, Danny Garcia, Nonito Donaire, Carl Froch and Yuriorkis Gamboa.


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