As was the case last month, most of the boxing websites with credible pound-for-pound (P4P) rankings, and they are becoming fewer by the day, are sleeping through the winter. It is understood that scant little has been done to awaken them. Regardless, according to the sites that made the effort, here are the top 10 P4P boxers for February 2011:
- No. 10 – Fernando Montiel. Montiel fought four times in 2010—46 scheduled rounds. He only had to answer the bell 10 times, and took the WBC bantamweight strap from Hozumi Hasegawa last April. While he has lost two fights, no man has defeated him by knockout or unanimously. His toughest test to date, however, arrives when he meets Nonito Donaire later this month. Get your Fight of the Year early ballot ready to go.
- No. 9 – PongsaklekWonjongkam. The name is too complicated to YouTube him. Oh, right, isn’t he the dude who knocked out Ego Yohan (0-2-0) last month in a six round fight? Pathetic that he has made 5 out of the last 6 P4P lists published here.
- No. 8 – Andre Ward. The World Boxing Classic has provided Ward with the proper showcase to help solidify his existence on most P4P lists; however, the tournament may be slowing him down. Ward stepped into the ring only twice in 2010 against four times in 2009. He needs to close out the Classic and find Lucian Bute.
- Nos. 7 and 6 – Nonito Donaire and Juan Manuel Lopez (tie). It’s been almost ten years since Donaire lost his only professional fight. Lopez remains undefeated. Without question two of the most exciting fighters in the sport, but it is Donaire who is stepping up his game against the better opposition (see Fernando Montiel). Lopez will face Orlando Salido in April.
- No. 5 – Wladimir Klitschko. Yeah, he fights Dereck Chisora in April. Yeah, Dr. Steelhammer will win. Yeah, nobody outside of Germany really cares.
- No. 4 – Juan Manuel Marquez. The spin from the Robert Guerrero camp is that Marquez doesn’t want a piece. Right, the guy drinks his own urine and has faced Manny Pacquiao twice. He’s The Ring’s lightweight champion. Guerrero quit against Daud Cino Yordan. Enough said.
- No. 3 – Sergio Martinez. An argument could be made that Martinez doesn’t deserve this spot. Yes, he slapped Paul Williams. Williams' chin, however, has always been questionable. Yes, he slapped Kelly Pavlik. The version of Pavlik was more of the “need of rehab” guy than the champion who picked himself up off the canvas to lay wood to Jermain Taylor though. Martinez is a top 10 P4P fighter, but it may be premature to list him at number 3.
- No. 2 – Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Does anyone care that he hasn’t fought anyone (inside the ring) since May 2010 and only twice in the last three years? Pongsaklek Wonjongkam should be ranked higher than the this guy.
- No. 1 – Manny Pacquiao. Yep, he’s fighting Sugar Shane Mosley in May. Granted nobody wants to see it, but there is nothing wrong with placing hall of fame bound fighters at the bookend of an amazing career. Manny is the undisputed champion of all measured P4P lists and rightfully so.