Boxing

 
            === Ward climbs to P4P top five ===
 
 By Lyle Fitzsimmons, Contributing Editor
 
 Cape Coral, FL - Former U.S. Olympian Andre Ward makes the first top-five
 appearance of his career in the October pound-for-pound boxing rankings
 released by SportsNetwork.com.
 
 The 28-year-old Ward is fourth on the list, trailing only Floyd Mayweather Jr.,
 Sergio Martinez and Wladimir Klitschko, who have held world titles in eight
 weight classes and have a combined career record of 151-5-2 with 104 knockouts.
 
 Former No. 1 Manny Pacquiao, who lost his WBO 147-pound title to Timothy Bradley
 
 A gold medalist in Athens, Greece, in 2004, Ward scored his most significant
 pro win on Sept. 8 in Oakland, Calif., when he stopped Chad Dawson at 2:45 of
 the 10th round to defend his WBA and WBC championships at 168 pounds.
 
 Dawson, the reigning WBC champion at 175 pounds, agreed to come down in weight
 to challenge Ward, who's held the WBA title since 2009 and the WBC crown since
 December.
 
 The back half of the Top 10 is comprised of IBF 168-pound champion Carl Froch,
 WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko, former three-division champion Juan
 Manuel Marquez, WBC 154-pound champion Saul Alvarez and the aforementioned
 Bradley, also a former champion at 140 pounds.
 
 Rank...Fighter...Record
 
 1. Floyd Mayweather Jr. - 43-0 (26 KO)
 
 Won WBA 154-pound title from Miguel Cotto (UD 12) in May
 
 2. Sergio Martinez - 50-2-2 (28 KO)
 
 Won WBC 160-pound title from Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (UD 12) in September
 
 3. Wladimir Klitschko - 58-3 (50 KO)
 
 Fights Mariusz Wach for IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight titles on Nov. 10
 
 4. Andre Ward - 26-0 (14 KO)
 
 Defended WBA/WBC 168-pound titles against Chad Dawson (TKO 10) in September
 
 5. Manny Pacquiao - 54-4-2  (38 KO)
 
 Fights Juan Manuel Marquez on Dec. 8
 
 6. Carl Froch - 29-2 (21 KO)
 
 Fights Yusaf Mack for IBF 168-pound title on Nov. 17
 
 7. Vitali Klitschko - 45-2 (41 KO)
 
 Defended WBC heavyweight title against Manuel Charr (TKO 4) in September
 
 8. Juan Manuel Marquez - 54-6-1 (39 KO)
 
 Fights Manny Pacquiao on Dec. 8
 
 9. Saul Alvarez - 41-0-1 (30 KO)
 
 Defended WBC 154-pound title against Josesito Lopez (TKO 5) in September
 
 10. Timothy Bradley - 29-0 (12 KO)
 
 Won WBO 147-pound title from Manny Pacquiao (SD 12) in June
 
 Rankings as of Oct. 17, 2012
 
 Lyle Fitzsimmons is a veteran sports columnist who has written professionally
 since 1988 and covered boxing since 1995. His work is published in print and
 posted online for clients in North America and Europe. Reach him at
 fitzbitz@msn.com or follow him on Twitter: @fitzbitz.
 
 
 
 
 10/18 10:21:08 ET

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