Manny Pacquiao Still No. 1 in Steamy Division | Welterweight Ratings for October 2012Written by Mark Weber
Despite losing to Tim Bradley in June, Manny Pacquiao keeps his rating as FightSaga's top welterweight.
... But others are breathing fire, including Robert Guerrero, Kell Brook and Devon Alexander.
On November 24th Golden Boy Promotions, who has been on a tear in the recent months showcasing quality co-main events and undercards, will feature WBC Interim Welterweight Champion Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero against former WBC Welterweight Champion Andre Berto.
The bout, which will be contested for Guerrero's title, has all the makings of a Fight of the Year candidate and is sure to be an action-packed affair.
Guerrero became the interim champion in July after defeating the previously unbeaten Selcuk Aydin. His upcoming bout against Berto will serve as his inaugural title defense.
Andre Berto, on the other hand, is looking to re-legitimize his name after failing a drug test earlier in the year. Berto, a former WBC Welterweight titleholder, he defended the belt 5 times before losing it to Victor Ortiz in RING Magazines 2011 Fight of the Year.
If Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather don't fight, will 'Money' drop back down to welterweight to fight the winner of Guerrero vs Berto?
Regardless, Guerrero vs Berto is of tremendous importance to the landscape of the incredibly-stacked Welterweight division.
Pictured: Robert Guerrero lands a shot on Selcuk Aydin in July 2012
In a press conference earlier this week, Berto and Guerrero met face-to-face.
Guerrero said, "I'm happy to be on, happy to be fighting November 24th. I'm always ready to go. I can't wait for this fight. I'm excited, I've been training hard, I'm always in shape, and I always come to fight. You guys know that. I just can't wait. I can't wait. It's gonna be a great one. We've got 12 hard rounds, and they're gonna be super hard, so be ready for them, guys."
Berto added, "Everybody knows me, everybody knows my story. I went through a hell of a year within this last year. I've just been training. I'm hungry. This is what I needed, and I'm excited. Training camp is already going ridiculously well. I'm already in great shape, and I'm looking forward to the 24th. I know Robert is excited, and I know he's gonna bring a good fight, so I'm excited about it."
The card also features Sharif Bogere taking on Rich Abril and Keith Thurman fighting Carlos Quintana; So expect one heck of a fight between Berto and Guerrero and an action-packed evening overall.
This past weekend in Brooklyn, we saw some changes in the division as former Light Welterweight champion Devon Alexander took the IBF Welterweight title by defeating Randall Bailey while hometown favorite Paulie Malignaggi successfully defended his WBA Welterweight championship with a controversial points win over Pablo Cesar Cano.
So how are things shaking up in this division? Let's take a look at the rankings.
FightSaga Welterweight Rankings - October 2012
1: Manny Pacquiao
The legendary Filipino superstar lost his WBO title to Timothy Bradley in June. Many believe Pacquiao won the bout, however two of the three people who mattered most did not. Pacquiao could potentially be in line for a rematch with Bradley; However, if boxing fans finally get their way, he will take on longtime rival Floyd Mayweather in April if he defeats Juan Manuel Marquez in December. A potential bout with jr welterweight Brandon Rios will also be considered.
Bradley, 29 is a native of Cathedral City, California, the fighter known as 'Desert Storm' became the WBO Welterweight Champion when he beat Manny Pacquiao on June 9, 2012 via an unpopular split decision. It appeared as if he'd rematch IBF Jr Welterweight Champion Lamont Peterson next but negotiations apparently fell through. Bradley is a hot opponent in a hot division. If Arum continues to shield him from Pacquiao, expect Bradley to fight Marquez (if JMM defeats PacMan in December) or his rival Amir Khan as both men despise one another.
WBC Interim Champion
Guererro, 29 is a Mexican-American who fights out of Gilroy, California. The southpaw took the vacant WBC title in July when he defeated a tough, underrated Turkish contender Selcuk Aydin. He's been trying to lure Mayweather in the ring but Floyd won't bite. If Guerrero defeats Berto, he'll potentially be in line for a big fight against someone else if not Floyd.
4: Andre Berto
The 29 year old Miami native next takes on Robert Guerrero for the WBC Welterweight title on November 24. Berto was the longtime WBC Welterweight champ, until he was defeated in RING Magazine's 2011 Fight of the Year against Victor Ortiz. Berto was set to rematch Ortiz last summer but failed a drug test and was forced out of the bout.
5: Kell Brook
Fighting out of England, Brook, 26 has his sights on Devon Alexander's newly crowned IBF welterweight title. Brook earned the opportunity to take on Alexander by defeating Hector Saldivia this past weekend. He's also in the mix for for mini superbouts against fellow countrymen Amir Khan and Ricky Hatton. Is Brook Britain's next big thing?
6: Devon Alexander
Alexander, 25 hails from St Louis, Missouri. He won the IBF title this past Saturday when he defeated Randall Bailey by unanimous decision and inists he's never heard of Kell Brook. Was it pre-fight rhetoric or a factual statement? Since losing to Tim Bradley early last year, Alexander has defeated Argentinian powerhouses Lucas Matthysse (at jr welterweight) and Marcos Maidana.
7: Marcos Maidana
One of the most explosive and exciting fighters in the sport today, former Light-Welterweight contender Marcos Maidana looks for success on new ground. He moved up to Welterweight in early 2012, losing to current title holder Devon Alexander. However, the hard-punching Argentinian has since defeated crafty veteran Jesus Soto Karass and is looking to land a potential match-up with current WBA title holder Paulie Malignaggi in what would be a classic match-up of boxer vs brawler.
8: Jessie Vargas
Only 23 years of age, Vargas has burst on to the scene and could soon be right in the mix of things when the dust settles in the 147 division. He's already defeated veteran Steve Forbes, Victor Ortiz conqueror Josesito Lopez and former belt-holder Vivian Harris, and may be a mandatory challenger for one of the champions next year.
9: Victor Ortiz
Ortiz has had a bad run-in with luck the past 13 months. After losing to Floyd Mayweather in 2011, Ortiz had planned to fight Andre Berto in a much anticipated rematch - However, the first fight, scheduled for February, was scrapped due to a Berto injury and the second was cancelled in May because Berto tested positive for a banned substance. As a result, the aggressive, heavy-handed Ortiz ended up fighting Light Welterweight Josesito Lopez. Ahead on points, Ortiz suffered multiple fractures after being hit with his mouth open and was forced to retire in the stool. Look for him to return against a lsser opponent in mid to late 2013.
10 (tie): Chris Van Heerden
The 25 year old South African native, unknown to the masses, deserves this ranking. Although he has yet to step foot on American soil, he has aroused many harcore fight fans and is here as a result of his two most recent wins over thoroughbreds Sebastian Andres Lujan and Kaizer Mabuza. Van Heerden is slated to face Matthew Hatton, Ricky's brother, in February of 2013. If he can defeat Hatton in dominant fashion, it could be an exciting 2013 for the South African known as "The Heat."
10 (tie): Paulie Malinaggi
Malinaggi won the belt in April of 2012, defeating the former Ukrainian champion Viacheslav Senchenko who was unbeaten but untested against a 'name' fighter. This past Saturday, Malignaggi defeated Pablo Cesar Cano by split decision in his hometown of Brooklyn, NY. There's talk of a rematch with Ricky Hatton after the latter faces Senchenko next month. So how good is Paulie at this weight? After last week's performance as well as his previous bouts at 147lbs, reactions are seemingly mixed, much like latest reviews. Is he up there with the likes of Alexander, Berto and Guerrero? One could make the case for or against... Either way, he'll have to defeat more stellar opposition to move up. Maidana would be a fine start.
Although Juan Manuel Marquez is fighting Manny Pacquiao at welterweight in December, Marquez's most recent bout was at jr welterweight where he holds the WBO title. Because, at this moment, he only fights at welterweight when challenging Manny Pacquiao, we still consider him a jr welterweight.
And Floyd Mayweather, despite being the reigning WBC Welterweight Champion, last fought at jr middleweight against Miguel Cotto. We will continue to consider him a jr middleweight until or if he announces plans to return to the welterweight division.
Antonin Decarie: 27-1: Promoted by Lou DiBella, the 29 year old Decarle is looking for a big fight next. He recently defeated Alex Perez and has since stated he wants to fight Robert Guerrero next.
DeJan Zaveck: The 36 year old Slovenian last fought against Andre Berto in which he lost. He was since matched up with Sherzodbek Alimjanov, but was forced out of the fight with an injury in which he had surgically repaired. He could potentially fight in November or December, but no word of his return so far.
Randall Bailey: After surprisingly knocking out Philadelphia's Mike Jones, Bailey became the IBF Welterweight champion; However he lost his belt to
Devon Alexander this past weekend in Brooklyn.
Shawn Porter: Young and undefeated fighter on the rise
Ricky Hatton: Could potentially fight Malignaggi in 2013
Mike Jones: Looking to rebound from a loss to Bailey
Carson Jones: He's only 26 and has loads of experience
Diego Chaves: He's unbeaten, has a cool name and just might be worth keeping on your radar