Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20) Champ: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (214-246-246)
Last Fight: 5/3/2014- W* (MD12) vs. #4 Marcos Maidana Next Fight: 9/13/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent Mayweather has booked his next fight on September 13. Let’s hope he gives Maidana a rematch. 1) Marcos Maidana (5-52-52) Last Fight:5/3/2014- L* (MD12) vs. Champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Next Fight: Unknown There are rumors swirling around two possible fights for Maidana- a Mayweather rematch and a showdown with Keith Thurman. 2) Manny Pacquiao (5-287-287) Last Fight: 4/12/2014- UD12 #1 Timothy Bradley Next Fight: 11/23/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent Pacquiao will be back on November 23 in Macau, with a 5th Marquez fight being the most likely scenario. 3) Juan Manuel Marquez (5-134-134) Last Fight: 5/17/2014- UD12 #? JWW Mike Alvarado Next Fight: Unknown See Pacquiao’s notes, above. 4) Timothy Bradley (5-34-104) Last Fight: 4/12/2014- L (UD12) vs. #3 Manny Pacquiao Next Fight: Unknown Bradley says he intends to return in October or November, and says he wants Mayweather. Good luck, especially coming off a loss. Bradley’s best options for a next fight, practically-speaking, are limited to re-hashes of previous fights like Marquez and Provodnikov. 5) Keith Thurman (25-25-65) Last Fight: 4/26/2014- RTD3 Julio Diaz (UNR) Next Fight: Unknown There’s a rumor that has Thurman fighting Maidana on September 13. He’s also expressed interest in Tim Bradley, a politically difficult proposition, though some believe the departure of Richard Schaeffer from Golden Boy might make it more realistic. 6) Shawn Porter (25-26-26) Last Fight: 4/19/2014- KO4 #14 Paulie Malignaggi Next Fight: Unknown Thurman wants him and Golden Boy is making noise about him fighting Mayweather, but it’s hard to imagine Porter being able to put off his mandatory with Brook any longer. That fight is being worked on for August, it’s said. 7) Robert Guerrero (26-80-97) Last Fight: 5/4/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Next Fight: 6/21/2014- vs. Yoshihiro Kamegai (UNR) Guerrero scheduled the Kamegai fight just in time to avoid removal. It’s not exactly the sexiest possible matchup, though Kamegai does make good fights generally. 8) Kell Brook (26-162-162)
Last Fight:3/15/2014- TKO8 Alvaro Robles (UNR) (at JMW) Next Fight: Unknown See Porter’s notes, above. 9) Devon Alexander (26-119-119) Last Fight: 12/7/2013- L (UD12) vs. Shawn Porter (UNR) Next Fight: 7/12/2014- vs. #12 Jesus Soto Karass Boxingscene now reports that Alexander-Soto Karass is done, but not for June 21 as originally reported, but rather on the Canelo-Lara undercard on July 12. 10) Randall Bailey (28-28-28) Last Fight: 11/23/2013- W (DQ8) vs. Humberto Toledo (UNR) Next Fight: 6/7/2014- vs. Freddy Lawson (UNR) Bailey wants Thurman, but it sounds like he’s settling for undefeated but fairly untested Ghanaian prospect Freddy Lawson in Minnesota. 11) Josesito Lopez (28-102) Last Fight: 4/24/2014- TKO5 Aron Martinez (UNR) Next Fight: Unknown Lopez is back on the right track, looking at least decent against a likely better fighter than Arnaoutis, whom he almost lost to. 12) Jesus Soto Karass (25-71) Last Fight: 12/14/2013- L (TKO9) vs. #13 Keith Thurman Next Fight: 7/12/2014- vs. #9 Devon Alexander See Alexander’s notes, above. 13) Andre Berto (25-80) Last Fight: 7/27/2013- L (TKO12) vs. #11 Jesus Soto Karass Next Fight: Unknown Berto is now recovered from surgery and is training for a July return. 14) Amir Khan (5-5) Last Fight: 5/3/2014- UD12 #17 Luis Collazo Next Fight: Unknown Despite the fairly impressive win over Collazo, Khan has ruled himself out of a possible Mayweather shot in September, due to Ramadan. He posits Shawn Porter, Keith Thurman, and Robert Guerrero as possible opponents, and has indicated interest in fighting in Dubai. 15) Paulie Malignaggi (5-26) Last Fight: 4/19/2014- L (KO4) vs. #6 Shawn Porter Next Fight: Unknown Malignaggi confirms he’s considering retirement. 16) Chris van Heerden (5-103) Last Fight: 4/16/2014- W (SD10) vs. Ray Narh (UNR) Next Fight: Unknown Van Heerden’s split decision win over Ray Narh doesn’t look very worthy of a top 15 contender on paper, but I unfortunately am unable to find video, and thus can’t opine on what it might mean for his future. 17) Luis Carlos Abregu (5-58) Last Fight: 4/4/2014- TKO8 Jean Carlos Prada (UNR) Next Fight: Unknown Abregu offered Brandon Rios a fight, but Rios turned it down. He is also interested in Thurman. 18) Jan Zaveck (18-234) Last Fight: 10/19/2013- UD8 Sebastien Allais (UNR) Next Fight: Unknown There are rumors that Zaveck may soon be positioned for a minor (IBO) title fight. 19) Leonard Bundu (12-14) Last Fight: 12/14/2013- TKO12 Lee Purdy (UNR) Next Fight: 8/1/2014- vs. Frankie Gavin (UNR) Bundu will fight unbeaten Brit Frankie Gavin in Wolverhampton, England on August 1 for Bundu’s European belt.
20) Luis Collazo (5-18) Last Fight: 5/3/2014- L (UD12) vs. Amir Khan (UNR) Next Fight: Unknown It’s back to the drawing board for Collazo, whose career momentum was abruptly halted by a sharp Khan.
The Week Ahead: Saturday #10 Randall Bailey vs. Freddy Lawson; St. Paul, Minnesota; Off TV Bailey fights undefeated but unproven Ghanaian Freddy Lawson on Saturday, in a fight that could scarcely be more under the radar, decent though it is.