BOXREC.COM P4P LIST
1.) Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Am I the only one who notices this? I always use BoxRec to get all my boxing info since they are great with records and stuff, but that's their P4P best??? REALLY??!!! I mean, Sergio at 6? Both Klitschkos and their dead body opponents at 4 and 5??? and Where's Nonito? He's not even in their Top 20!!!!
And on a more pleasant note, I've really enjoyed your Ring TV show here with Michael Rosenthal, keep up the great work! Two closing questions:
1.) In the next two years, let's say, what opponents do you see Sergio Martinez facing? I would love a fight with Mayweather or PacMan, but it's not happening, so as an alternative I'd tell him to just CLEAN out his division! You?
2.) My all-time favorite boxer is Roberto Duran. How do you think these fights would've gone and ended?
vs. Sugar Ray Robinson at WW
I hope these will be interesting questions and matchups.
Thanks so much for your time, keep up the good work!!! — Danny Diez
Thanks for your kind words, Danny.
I have no thoughts on BoxRec.com’s pound-for-pound ratings. I’m sure there’s some reason why they rank the K-brothers as high as they do and why they don’t have Nonito Donaire (my personal No. 2) rated in the top 20, but I honestly don’t care to hear it.
Pound for pound rankings and all-time great lists are meant to entertain and spark debate, not scrutinize and get pissed off about.
THE RING’s P4P top 10 has had more than a few “head-scratchers” in recent years (there’s one or two on the current list IMO). Nobody will ever come up with a perfect P4P list.
I think we will get to watch Martinez defend his RING middleweight title against top contenders over the next two years, starting with Matthew Macklin and continuing with Felix Sturm. He might face one or two fringe contenders (Andy Lee or Peter Manfredo Jr.) between the top two contenders. Hopefully, by the end of 2013, one of the better-known 154-pound contenders step up in weight to challenge him. It won’t be Cotto or Alvarez. It might be Margarito if the TJ Tornado wins on Dec. 3. Or it might be the winner of the Angulo-Kirkland showdown on Nov. 5.
Duran is the man! He’s a true all-time great, one I’ve had the honor of meeting (and even hanging out with a bit thanks to my good friend Tony Rivera). Here’s my pick on your mythological matchups with Hands of Stone:
vs. Sugar Ray Robinson at WW — Robinson by competitive but clear, unanimous decision.
MARVAILLA VS. THE TERRIBLE 10
Thomas Hearns (154lbs)
*I omitted Hopkins because I know you are on record picking B-Hop. — Tom G.
More mythical matchup! I love ‘em! Bring ‘em on.
Thomas Hearns (154lbs) — Hearns by mid-to-late rounds KO. (“The Hitman” was at his best, and undefeated, at junior middleweight.)
Terry Norris (154lbs) — Martinez by late-rounds TKO in a great shootout between speedy and athletic power-boxers. Mike McCallum (154lbs) — McCallum by close but unanimous decision. (Like Hearns, The Body Snatcher was at his best, and undefeated, at junior middleweight.)
Julian Jackson (154lbs) — I think Maravilla would nail Jackson before the Virgin Islands bomber got to him. I’m going with Martinez by mid-rounds TKO.
COOL VINCE GOES HOLLYWOOD
Cheers. — Bill, Toronto, Canada
Bill, you are the man! Thank you. It was a joy reading that old piece again. Hopefully, the maintenance that had “the Wayback Machine” website down over the weekend is concluded by Monday morning so the link that file can be accessed by whoever is interested.
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