1.Gennady Golovkin (32-0)
The current middleweight king and arguably the most feared man in boxing, Golovkin has quietly gone about his business beating into submission world level operators and announcing himself to a worldwide audience. His Impressive victories against Matthew Macklin (31-6) and Martin Murray (29-2) suggest that a change in weight class is the only viable option for the American based Kazak.
2.Floyd Mayweather Jnr (47-0)
Floyd Mayweather only being held of the top of this list because of inactivity, but past opponents read as a who’s who of former world champions, his May 2nd showdown with Manny Pacquiao will determine if he retires as the greatest boxer of the modern era. Mayweather has finally started to give the public fights they want and in my opinion will cement his legacy as TBE on May 2nd.
3. Wladimir Klitschko (63-3)
It’s been almost eleven years since Klitschko tasted defeat, in that time he has come back stronger and more focused, the death of trainer Emmanuel Steward only seemed to invigorate the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO champion, most believe (and myself included) think it’s a matter of time before he adds the WBC strap currently held by Deontay Wilder( 33-0).
4. Sergey Kovalev (27-0-1)
The most destructive puncher on this list, his last two outings against Bernard Hopkins (55-7-2) and his demolition of the previously never halted Jean Pascal (29-3) only serve to highlight that Kovalev is the best In the light-heavyweight division. The only thing left is to unify the titles against another power puncher, Adonis Stevenson (25-1).
5.Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2)
The Filipino southpaw faces his biggest test in the ring when he fights the aforementioned Floyd Mayweather Jnr. Since his brutal stoppage defeat to Juan Manny Marquez, Pacquiao has returned with impressive wins over Brandon Rios and Timothy Bradley. He still hits very hard and the speed is still there, I doubt it will be enough to win on May 2nd, but that shouldn’t discount from the quality that Pacquiao still has.
6.Saul Canelo Alvarez (44-1-1)
Canelo is the best of the rest, at 24 he has already amassed an incredible 46 fights and may start to pick and choose wisely his opponents. Arguments that he has peaked already and has little left to offer are far off the mark. It’s getting the right fights at the right time for the Mexican superstar and in James Kirkland (32-1), he fights somebody who boasts impressive punch power, a convincing win could put him back in the spotlight for a big fight against the winner/loser of Mayweather vs. Pacquiao.
7.Danny Garcia (29-0)
The king of the lightweight division needs to start 2015 off well, his inactivity coupled with his average choice in opponent has left a lot to be desired, issues with the 140lbs weight have caused his last fight against Rod Salka (19-3) and now his upcoming fight with Lamont Peterson (33-2-1) to be at catch weight, the more lucrative fights are definitely at 147lbs, but there are no shortage of opponents at lightweight, this could be a make or break year for ‘Swift’.
8.Carl Froch (33-2)
The Cobra just maintains his place on the list, an incredible domestic rivalry with George Groves (21-2) reminded everyone what Froch still has in the locker, but injury and inactivity have all but called a halt to the career of the most exciting fighter the UK has had in recent memory. Potential showdowns with Andre Ward (27-0) and Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr (48-1) have not materialized, but hopefully there may be one final fight in 2015, perhaps a showdown with another domestic rival in James Degale (20-1).
9. Juan Manny Marquez (56-7-1)
Similar to Bernard Hopkins, it makes no sense at how Juan Manny keeps going, 42 in August, but dispatched a game Mike Alvarado (34-4) and still has so much to offer in this division. Danny Garcia, Amir Khan (30-3) and Ruslan Provodnikov (24-3) would all make incredible fights.
10.Miguel Cotto (39-4)
No list would be complete without Miguel Cotto, rejuvenated under Freddie Roach, a career best victory against former middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (51-2-2), proved there is still a lot Cotto can offer. Whether he stays at middleweight is another issue, the Puerto Rican has already made history and may look to cement his hall of fame status with fights across three divisions all viable possibilities.