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Floyd Mayweather: Still No. 1 if Ward beats Golovkin, Kovalev and Stevenson?

Lee Cleveland Updated
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The boxing world is buzzing about next-fight opponents for Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto,and if Andre Ward defeats Edwin Rodriguez on November 16, fans will undoubtedly be discussing future superfight options for him as well. Will Andre Ward accommodate Gennady Golovkin should 'GGG'  move up to 168 lbs?

Will Ward jump weight classes to challenge light heavyweight knockout artists, WBO champion Sergey Kovalev and/or RING/Lineal Champion Adonis Stevenson, Andre's peer in the 175 lb division?

"With all due respect, those guys got a lot of buzz right now, and they're being pushed as the bogeyman in the division," Ward (26-0, 14 KOs) said during a Thursday conference call.

"(There's) Golovkin in the super middleweight division, Stevenson and Kovalev in the light heavyweight division, and that's fine."

Would a win over any or all of those highly-respected opponents today propel Ward to No. 1 on a consensus pound-for-pound list?

"I don't see a win over either one of those guys right now catapulting me right now past a Floyd Mayweather or something like that," insisted Ward.

"But to be perfectly honest, that's not even -- and I use this phrase a lot -- I'm eating, sleeping and drinking Edwin Rodriguez."

"Those guys are not even something that's on my mind right now at all."

And Ward, at least in the present, is correct in his assessment.

Golovkin, Stevenson and Kovalev, although very impressive in the ring as of late, are not considered top 10 pound-for-pound fighters by RING Magazine, FightSaga or most other reputable media outlets.

In order for Andre to unseat Floyd, the superstar dubbed 'Money' would likely have to lose or retire.

In a third scenario, if Mayweather feasted on a series of unranked, lesser-regarded opponents for 12-18 months while Ward defeated a sitting Top 10 pound-for-pound opponent and perhaps two highly-respected fighters, it's arguable the latter would be elevated to the top spot.

Aside from having the better record, Mayweather is far more accomplished than Ward and has defeated more reigning Top 10 pound-for-pound fighters. And while a fighter's record and level of opposition aren't the only indicators of a boxer's pound-for-pound worth, they are the most important.

Perhaps Ward will wait to see who enters the Top 10 first before making any decisions? 

Whether it be Golovkin, Kovalev or Stevenson, the fighter who strikes first and does something special enough to be considered - consensus-wide - a Top 10 pound-for-pound fighter, might have the upperhand in getting the first crack at the proverbial 'Andre Ward Sweepstakes.'

Andre Ward
Record: 26-0

Most Significant Wins
  • Chad Dawson *
  • Carl Froch
  • Arthur Abraham
  • Mikkel Kessler
* Opponent was a RING Magazine Top 10 Pound-for-Pound fighter at the time

Floyd Mayweather
Record: 45-0

Most Significant Wins
* Opponent was a RING Magazine Top 10 Pound-for-Pound fighter at the time


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