1.       Mayweather Jr.Well its now 44 that have tried and 44 that have failed. This time out it was Robert Guerrero on Cinco de Mayo weekend in the event called “May Day”. He painted yet another masterpiece, not giving Guerrero any legit chance of getting off any sort of offense. “Money” Mayweather plans to be back in the ring September 14, the question is against who and will they stand a chance?


2.       WardI really didn’t wait to out Ward on the list, due to him being out of action to injury again. But let’s face, when healthy he is among the cream of the crop. Andre has been out of action since his September TKO win over Chad Dawson. With no return date in sight, it’s a chance Andre Ward could drop out of the rankings soon.


3.        Sergio MartinezSergio made his return from his epic victory over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in September and a knee injury. He went back to his home country of Argentina and took on Martin Murray. Sergio looked awful in the return bout, seemed slow and not a sharp as in bouts past. He was gifted a decision in what should have been a draw. It was reported after the fight that he broke his hand and may have re-injured his knee. Those two things look to put him out of action the rest of 2013 and will for sure drop him out of the next set of rankings.


4.       Wladimir Klitschko— In the past 8 and half years since his upset loss to Lamon Brewster, Wladimir has been the most dominant heavyweight not named Vitali Klitschko.  The biggest knock on Wladimir is the competition he has faced but there is nothing that he can do other than fight his brother to remedy that situation.


 5.       Juan Manuel MarquezLast time we seen Juan he shocked the world with a bone crushing knockout win over Manny Pacquiao in December. He finally got the win over Manny that he had been searching for. He will next take on the other guy who “beat” Pacquiao in recent years in Timothy Bradley. The two will square off in September on Mexican Independence Day in Las Vegas.


6.       PacquiaoSo you will ask, “how can you put a guy coming off of two loses in the top 5?” Simple, its Manny Pacquiao. Say what you say, but he really should have one loss and that was to Marquez, the Bradley fight was some sort of weird fluke. The pride of the Philippines is still among the best the world has to offer. He will get his chance to solidify this come November. He will fight in Macao, China against Brandon Rios in what should be an all out slug fest that should end via KO.


7.        Carl FrochFroch bounced back nicely in 2012 after suffering a one sided loss to Andre Ward in late 2011. He now embarks on his 2013 schedule with a rematch with Mikkel Kessler on May 25. This comes after three years and a questionable decision win Kessler gained over him. A win here could setup a rematch with Andre Ward for late 2013.


8.        Bernard Hopkins-The ageless Hopkins,continues to defy the odds and critics in each masterful outing despite pushing double digits in age over his opponents. He looks to once again stake his name in the history books for all time when he faces 29 year old Karo Murat, July 13th who is riding an almost three year winning streak. Murat is the clear underdog facing the opportunity of a lifetime. Whether or not Murat can figure out Hopkins, is as mysterious as Hopkins’ defying ‘Father Time’.


9.       Saul “Canelo” AlvarezCanelo make his debut on the list after his over Austin Trout in April. I’m still not a 100% sold on him a being among the best pound for pound in the world. He is on the right trend with him finally fighting someone in their prime and natural weight class when he took on Trout. He is hoping for a bout with Floyd Mayweather this fall, doubt we see that happening anytime soon.


10.       Vitali Klitschko— Vitali is possibly the most underrated heavy weight champion in boxing history.  While he isn’t fighting in the golden era of heavyweight boxing, he has done nothing but beat everyone who has stood in front of him.  Vitali has two blemishes on his record and in both of those bouts he had to have the fights stopped due to injury (Chris Byrd 2000, Lennox Lewis 2003) and was ahead on the scorecards at the time of the stoppages.  Vitali has unbelievable ring generalship and has dominated every fight since his loss vs. Lewis in 2003.  Vitali is running for election in his native Ukraine and his recent 4th round TKO win against Manuel Charr may be his last career bout.  If Klitschko decides to continue to fight, the heavy weight division has a lot of work to do before they unseat him at the top and allow others move up on our Pound for Pound rankings.


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