The Ring Kings: First Pound-for-Pound Rankings of 2012



Pound-for-pound is a term used to describe the world’s best fighters regardless of weight, creed or color. Boxing’s pound-for-pound champion is a mythological concept much like the NCAA football national championship.

And just like Big Foot, Area 51 and the RING Magazine championship policy, the pound-for-pound king is a media concoction.

Every quarter will release a top-ten pound-for-pound list. The list uses a secret formula based on the FightClubWriter Ratings Panel points based voting system and computer-generated rankings.

Using a comprehensive blend of intricate mathematical and scientific algorithms, both human and computer-constructed votes are entered into the trusty TANGY 1000 computer to compile the definitive top-ten pound-for-pound list.

Quarterly Rankings Updated Through January 10

10. Jorge Paez Jr. (30-4-1, 18 KOs)

Previous ranking: Not rated
“El Maromerito” cracks the top ten due to avenging his father’s loss to Jose Luis Castillo and defeating Julio Cesar Chavez’s youngest son Omar Chavez. You know, the son that was supposed to have talent.

9. Bernard Hopkins (52-5-2, 32 KOs)
WBC/RING Light Heavyweight Titleholder
Previous ranking: 8
His knockout loss to Chad Dawson was changed to a no contest by the California State Athletic Commission. However, here at we still recognize it as a knockout loss because that fight’s conclusion was too fucking funny.

8. Wladimir Klitschko’s Kidney Stone (1-0, 1 KO)

WBA/WBO/IBF/IBO/RING Heavyweight Champion
Previous ranking: Not rated
Wladimir was knocked out by a kidney stone prior to his title fight against former cruiserweight champion Jean-Marc Mormeck.

7. Timothy Bradley (28-0, 12 KOs)

WBO Junior Welterweight Titleholder/WBC champion in recess
Previous ranking: 7
Desert Storm is looking very smart right about now. Bradley is now the top 140-pounder in the world by default. After ducking Amir Khan in the summer of 2011, Bradley went on to witness one of the upsets of the year when Lamont Peterson defeated Khan for the WBA and IBF titles. That’s one way to become the best in the world, wait for all your threats to eliminate themselves.

6. Nonito Donaire (27-1, 18 KOs)
WBC/WBO Bantamweight Titleholder
Previous ranking: 6
“The Filipino Flash” is moving up to face Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. for the vacant WBO super bantamweight title. Victor Conte must be busy putting Donaire’s “nutritional”  program together.

5. Sergio Martinez (48-2-2, 27 KOs)
RING World Middleweight Champion
Previous ranking: 3
Sergio Martinez is trying to be the middleweight champion of the welterweight division by calling out Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. That just makes the middleweight champ another punk representing Oxnard, California.

4. Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs)
WBO Welterweight Titleholder
Previous ranking: 2
Congressman Pacquiao is the voice of the people representing the province of Sarangani in the Philippines and yet he allows Bob Arum to call the shots instead of having total control over his own career and finances.

3. Andre Ward (25-0, 13 KOs)
WBA/WBC/RING Super Middleweight Champion
Previous ranking: 5
Underrated and unappreciated.


2. Juan Manuel Marquez (53-6-1, 39 KOs)
WBA/WBO/RING World Lightweight Champion
Previous ranking: 4
Juan Manuel climbs up two spots because here at losing is never forgotten.

1. Floyd Mayweather Jr. (42-0, 26 KOs)
WBC Welterweight Titleholder
Previous ranking: 1
Go directly to jail. Do not pass GO. Do not collect $200.


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