Ever since it was created, boxing has been a popular sport. Some people see it as cruel, however others see it as a pure form of entertainment between two very calibrated fighters. Agility, speed and punching ability are just a few of the skills which make up a really great boxer. It takes a lot to become one of the top professional boxers, so there are only a few who truly make it.
In the world of professional boxing there is also quite a big amount of money estimated for famous fights and big title games. Boxers can earn a good purse of money for pay-per-view matches as well. It is a serious amount of money which is cashed during high profile matches, and top boxers sign only lucrative endorsement deals.
Despite some people’s opinion of the sport, it is still going strong today and below you’ll find a list of the top 10 famous professional man boxers in 2018.
10. Terence Crawford
Terence Crawford moved up to win vacant WBO super lightweight title which was stripped from Long Island’s Chris Algieri when he competed for the welterweight title last November against Pacquiao. Terrence Crawford’s record is 26-0, 18 KOs, and he started slowing but then scored an impressive sixth-round TKO against Thomas Dulorme, who went down three times in the last round. In 2018, Crawford was the BWAA Fighter of the Year.
9. Juan Manuel Marquez
Juan Manuel Marquez, a 41 year old fighter, fought last year in a lopsided decision over Mike Alvardo where he suffered a knee injury which is still reportedly bothering him. IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook said he would welcome a fight against Marquez with a record of 56-7, 40 KOs, who would perhaps jump at a title shot. Only time will tell if Marquez’s knee injury will continue to hold him back, or if he’ll be able to get into the ring with Brook or others soon.
8. Miguel Cotto
With a record of 39-4, 32 KOs, Miguel Cotto restarted his career with a tenth round stoppage of Sergio Martinez at Madison Square Garden last June for the WBC middleweight title. June 6th he went up against Daniel Geale (34-3, 16 KOs) at Barclays center. This fight was dubbed to be the most dangerous one for Cotto, aged 34, who with a win could choose between Golovkin and Alvarez for a large amount of money. Cotto career will be an interesting one to watch from this point on to see what unfolds.
7. Manny Pacquiao
Not too long ago, the fighter Manny Pacquiao went through surgery to repair a tear in his right rotator cuff after he lost to a unanimous decision to Floyd Mayweather Jr. Despite the injury, he had a reason to still fight which totaled rating120 million. Although Pacquiao wants a rematch with Mayweather, the other fighter has already said he would not fight Pacquiao again. It still seems sure, however, that Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs) will certainly fight again in about a year when he is healthy again. Fans will be much anticipating his return after his long hiatus, so when he does get back into the ring it will sure to be a well-watched match.
6. Carl Froch
It is not clear what the future might hold for Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KOs), the fighter who gave up his IBF title and was also stripped of his WBA super middleweight belt after he failed to defend it for almost a whole year. He had hopes to fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., however a loss for Chavez stopped that plan. Froch might well retire after the elbow injury he suffered, however he might still fight with Gennady Golovkin. We still await to see what will happen with this boxer and what he will decide to do.
5. Sergey Kovalev
The light heavyweight WBO/WBA/IBF champion, the fighter Sergey Kovalev is ranking as one of the emerging stars of boxing following a decision which was unanimous over the great Bernard Hopkins, and also his great eight-round halting of Jean Pascal in Montreal. Kovalev (27-0-1, 24 KOs), was slated to fight Nadjib Mohammedi (37-3, 23 KOs) in July in Las Vegas.
4. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs), in his third win since his 2018 disappointing loss to Mayweather, got his flair back on May 9th with a third-round, dramatic KO to James Kirkland after two knockdowns previously. Alvarez will probably move up to challenge Miguel Cotto for the WBC middleweight belt in the fall assuming Cotto will get past Daniel Geale beforehand. This will be a much anticipated match that will sure to be watched by many. It will be interesting to see the final outcome.
3. Wladimir Klitschko
Wladimir Klitschko, IBO/WBA/ WBO/IBF heavyweight champion got his successful streak of title defenses up to nineteen with a unanimous, dull decision against Bryant Jennings at Madison Square Garden in April. He has gotten twenty-two straight wins over the last eleven years. Klitschko (64-3, 53 KOs) in terms of the numbers, is fast approaching the records of Joe Louis for longevity as champ.
2. Gennady Golovkin
The WBA/IBO middleweight champion, Gennady Golovkin ran a stoppages streak of nineteen straight in February with a TKO of Martin Murray in the 11th round, who was down a total of three times, which included two times from punches to his body. Most definitely the most entertaining and expert boxer-puncher in the sport of boxing, Golovkin (32-0, 29 KOs) has a hard time getting foes who are top rank to join him in the ring. It was expected that his fight with Willie Monroe Jr. would be a blowout.
1. Floyd Mayweather Jr
Because of the five year wait, Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s fight with Manny Pacquiao was worth rating500 million in revenue, a record for this sport, however, the fight would have been even better in 2010 when they were both in their prime condition. Mayweather (48-0, 26 KOs) most certainly has brilliant defensive skills, however the self-titled TBE, or The Best Ever, is only one-dimensional when compared to Sugar Ray Robinson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Muhammad Ali, and others like them.