Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Pound-for-Pound Update 2-11-15

Mikey Garcia hasn't fought since January of 2014 and doesn't yet have his next fight scheduled. Given his inactivity, he has been removed from the Saturday Night Boxing pound-for-pound list. For Garcia's replacement in the  Rankings (he had previously been ranked at #19), I arrived at two candidates: Nicholas Walters, the featherweight titlist from Jamaica, and Donnie Nietes, the junior flyweight champ from the Philippines.  
Although Walters has the higher profile victory of the two, with his knockout win over Nonito Donaire, I believe that Nietes, who has also won a title at strawweight, has the stronger resume. Nietes is 10-0-1 in title fights and has made five defenses of his current light flyweight title.  His resume includes good wins over Pornsawan Porpramook, Moises Fuentes (he also had a draw with him) and Ramon Hirales. Walters has impressive wins against Donaire and Vic Darchinyan but in my estimation Darchinyan was already on the downside of his career when they met and he was well above his best weight class. Thus, Nietes enters the Rankings at #20.  The complete Saturday Night Boxing pound-for-pound list is below:
  1. Floyd Mayweather
  2. Roman Gonzalez
  3. Wladimir Klitschko
  4. Manny Pacquiao
  5. Juan Manuel Marquez
  6. Tim Bradley
  7. Guillermo Rigondeaux
  8. Carl Froch
  9. Sergey Kovalev
  10. Juan Estrada
  11. Naoya Inoue
  12. Adonis Stevenson
  13. Miguel Cotto
  14. Danny Garcia
  15. Gennady Golovkin
  16. Saul Alvarez
  17. Takashi Uchiyama
  18. Shinsuke Yamanaka
  19. Terence Crawford
  20. Donnie Nietes
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