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Top 10 Stylish Pro Athletes

In every major professional sport, there are guys who, off the field, stand out due to their unique sense of style. Hey, I guess if I were making that much money, I’d have options and be stylish too. Anyway, let’s take a look at the Top 10 guys in sports today who the ladies pay to see, and we wish we could be:

 

 

10. Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (Boxing)

Floyd is not only 42-0 in his career in the ring, but is allowed to wear an insane amount of jewelry and a pair of expensive shades to make any outfit look pretty sweet.

 

9. Evan Longoria (MLB)

Longoria epitomizes a person who can mix casual with formal, and pull it off with ease. That fedora is the man.

 

8. Stevie Johnson (NFL)

SJ13 may be one of the more uniquely styled athletes out there, with his skinny jeans, crazy hats, and colorful outfits. His haircuts and tats are probably the coolest thing about this guy, they’re a style in their own right.

 

7. Alex Rodriguez (MLB)

 A-Rod couldn’t hit sand if he fell off a camel in the post-season this year and he is obviously metro. Those facts do not undermine his ability to dress well.

 

6. David Beckham (Soccer)

Beckham was pretty good at soccer once upon a time. It became a problem when men started getting crushes on him, and his celebrity became more important than his sport, a la Matt Leinart.

 

5. Tom Brady (NFL)

Tommy Boy was a shoe-in for this list before I even started it. Take away his Uggs and overall feminine feel, and he dresses pretty sharp. I’m surprised girls don’t throw their undergarments at him on the field.

 

4. Reggie Bush (NFL)

Right now, Bush is having a career year running the ball in Miami. Before that, his sense of style was more worth talking about than his disappointing production on the gridiron. I heard he’s sexting Kim Kardashian again.

 

3. Cole Hamels (MLB)

Before seeing how Hamels dressed, I thought of him as sort of one of those bad-ass Rick Vaughn style guys. How wrong I was in that aspect, but the guy is still an ace.

 

2. Dwight Howard (NBA)

Dwight Howard is the most dominant big man in the NBA. He is quite the unique dude off the hardwood, not only does he share the “Superman” nickname with Shaq, they have similar senses of style.

 

1. Dwyane Wade (NBA)

Big Daddy GQ himself, D-Wade has long been thought of as the smoothest character in pro sports. No surprise that he tops this list, as nobody has been able to take the style title from #3.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who’s the G.O.A.T.? Top 20 Pound for Pound Boxers of All Time.

I had a tall task compiling this list, attempting to incorporate the legends of the modern era who have evolved into all time greats as well as paying homage to the greats throughout history, some dating back to the late 1800′s. There were some I left off for one reason or another, and all these guys were so great you can nearly interchange them all into different spots. Regrettably there are also some guys that people will feel should have been on here, and some people think should not be on here. These days, it seems boxing is a dying American mainstream sport aside from loyal, die-hard fans. Hopefully this list will introduce fans to the greats of yesteryear while igniting new interest in the stars of the modern era. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the Top 20 Pound for Pound fighters in boxing history:

 

20. Bernard Hopkins

Nickname: The Executioner, B-Hop Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Middleweight, Super Middleweight, Light Heavyweight

Titles Held: Light Heavyweight, Undisputed Middleweight

Career Record: 61-6 (32 KO) Years Active: 1988 – Present

*Oldest Fighter to ever win a title at age 46

*First Fighter to retain four world titles in all major boxing sanctioning entities.

19. Manny Pacquiao

Nickname: Pac-Man Hometown: The Phillipinnes

Light Flyweight, Flyweight, Super Bantamweight, Featherweight, Super Featherweight, Lightweight, Welterweight, Light Welterweight

Titles Held: Every division ever fought

Career Record: 54-3-2 (38 KO) Years Active: 1995 – Present

*First 8 Division World Champion

*First lineal champion in four different weight classes

18. Marcel Cerdan

Nickname: The Moroccan Bomber, The Casablanca Clouter Hometown: Siddi Bel Abbes, French Algeria

Welterweight, Middleweight

Titles Held: European Welterweight, Middleweight

Career Record: 113-4 (66 KO) Years Active: 1934-1949

*Considered best European boxer of all time.

*Tragically killed in a plain crash while still active.

17. Rocky Marciano

Nickname: The Brockton Blockbuster Hometown: Brockton, MA.

Heavyweight

Titles Held: Heavyweight

Career Record: 49-0 (43 KO) Years Active: 1948-1956

*Only champion ever to retire undefeated

*Also tragically killed in a plane crash at age 45

*Defeated both Joe Louis and Ezzard Charles

16. Barney Ross

Nickname: N/A Hometown: New York City, NY

Lightweight, Junior Welterweight, Welterweight

Titles Held: Every division ever fought.

Career Record: 72-4-3 (22 KO) Years Active: 1929-1938

*One of the few triple division champions ever

*Was never knocked out

15. Roy Jones, Jr.

Nickname(s): Superman, Captain Hook  Hometown: Pensacola, FL.

Middleweight, Super Middleweight, Light Heavyweight, Heavyweight

Titles Held: Every division ever fought

Career Record: 55-8 (40 KO) Years Active: 1989 – Present

*First former Middleweight to win Heavyweight Title in over 100 years

*Was named Fighter of the Decade for the 90′s

*Boxing Silver Medalist, 1988 Olympics

14. Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

Nickname(s): Pretty Boy, Money Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI.

Super Featherweight, Lightweight, Light Welterweight, Welterweight, Super Welterweight

Titles Held: Every division ever fought

Career Record: 42-0 (26 KO) Years Active: 1996 – Present

*Considered Best Current Pound for Pound Boxer

*Boxing Bronze Medalist, 1996 Olympics

13. Joseph Gant

Nickname: Old Master Hometown: Baltimore, MD.

Lightweight

Titles Held: Lightweight

Career Record: 138-10-15 (96 KO) Years Active: 1891-1910

*Fought in an era where fights typically went 20+ rounds

*Died at age 35 of tuberculosis while still active

12. Archie Moore

Nickname: The Old Mongoose Hometown: Benoit, MS.

Light Heavyweight, Heavyweight

Titles Held: Light Heavyweight

Career Record: 185-23-10 (131 KO) Years Active: 1938-1963

*Holds record for most wins via knockout

*Only fighter to fight Muhammad Ali and Rocky Marciano

11. Harry Greb

Nickname: The Pittsburgh Windmill Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA.

Middleweight, Light Heavyweight

Titles Held: Middleweight, Light Heavyweight

Career Record: 261-19-18 (48 KO) Years Active: 1913-1926

*Fought over 300 fights in 13 years

*Died at age 32 after not recovering from surgery

10. Benny Leonard

Nickname: Ghetto Wizard Hometown: New York City, NY

Lightweight

Titles Held: Lightweight

Career Record: 183-19-11 (70 KO) Years Active: Unknown – 1932

*#7 on ESPN’s Top 50 Boxers All-Time

*Was born in the Jewish ghetto of Manhattan

9. Ray Leonard

Nickname: Sugar Hometown: Rocky Mount, NC.

Welterweight, Junior Middleweight, Middleweight, Super Middleweight, Light Heavyweight

Titles Held: Every division ever fought.

Career Record: 36-3-1 (25 KO) Years Active: 1977-1984

*Held five different titles in 7 years as a pro

*First fighter to earn over 100 million dollars in purses

8. Julio Cesar Chavez

Nickname: El Cesar De Boxeo Hometown: Obregon, Sonora, Mexico

Light Middleweight, Welterweight, Light Welterweight, Lightweight, Super Featherweight

Titles Held: Every division every fought.

Career Record: 107-6-2 (89 KO) Years Active: 1981-2006

*Best Mexican fighter of all-time

*Considered the hardest puncher for his size in history

7. Muhammad Ali

Nickname(s): The Greatest, The Louisville Lip Hometown: Louisville, KY.

Heavyweight

Titles Held: Heavyweight

Career Record: 56-5 (37 KO) Years Active: 1960-1981

*Considered the best Heavyweight of all-time

*Was named Sportsman of the Century in 1999

6. Ezzard Charles

Nickname: Cincinnati Cobra Hometown: Lawrenceville, GA.

Heavyweight, Light Heavyweight

Titles Held: Heavyweight

Career Record: 93-25-1 (52 KO) Years Active: 1938-1955

*Lost 12 of his final 23 fights, making his record misleading

*Defeated numerous Hall of Famers in several divisions

5. Roberto Duran

Nickname: Mano de Piedra (Hands of Stone) Hometown: Guarare, Panama

Lightweight, Welterweight, Light Middleweight, Middleweight, Super Middleweight

Titles Held: Lightweight, Welterweight, Junior Middleweight, Middleweight

Career Record: 104-16 (70 KO) Years Active: 1968-2002

*Considered best lightweight of all-time

*Won fights in five separate decades

4. Henry Armstrong

Nickname(s): Homicide Hank, Hurricane Hank Hometown: Columbus, MS.

Featherweight, Lightweight, Welterweight

Titles Held: Every division ever fought

Career Record: 149-21-10 (101 KO) Years Active: 1931-1945

*Held three world titles at the same time when there was only eight recognized

*Defended Welterweight title more than any fighter in history

3. Joe Louis

Nickname: The Brown Bomber Hometown: Lafayette, AL.

Heavyweight

Titles Held: Heavyweight

Career Record: 69-3 (57 KO) Years Active: 1935-1951

*Held the title for 12 straight years (1937-1949)

*Ranked #1 puncher of all-time by The Ring magazine

2. Willie Pep

Nickname: Will’o the Wisp Hometown: Middletown, CT.

Featherweight

Titles Held: Featherweight

Career Record: 229-11-1 (65 KO) Years Active: 1940-1966

*Fought 1,956 rounds in his career

*Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990

1. Ray Robinson

Nickname: Sugar Hometown: Ailey, GA.

Lightweight, Welterweight, Middleweight, Light Heavyweight

Titles Held: Welterweight, Middleweight

Career Record: 173-19-6 (108 KO) Years Active: 1940-1965

*Was the reason “pound for pound” rankings were created

*Regarded as the finest fighter of all-time by his peers

Senior Writer: Jim Racalto

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Floyd Mayweather, Jr: A Legend In His Own Mind.

What is Floyd Mayweather’s deal? I swear, every time I hear him talk, it makes me believe more and more that he is the most self-absorbed and delusional person on the planet. He recently responded to an interview on Shade 45 accusing the African-American host of “not being Black” because he called Floyd out on being scared to fight Manny Pacquiao.

This behavior is a pattern with Mayweather when the person he is talking to doesn’t defer from the Pacquiao question because Floyd attempts to deflect attention with topics like racism, money, or drug testing. Does he not understand that real boxing fans know what is going on?

I will never say he is not a great boxer, 42-0 is impossible to argue with. But does he really think boxing die-hards (like myself) really accept him as the greatest of all time? Absolutely not, he has continually ducked top fighters his whole career, and up until now has found reasons to weasel out of fighting the only other premier fighter of this generation in Pacquiao. I truly hope this new campaign that Mayweather wants to fight Manny on May 5th of 2012 is factual, and not just an attention-grabber for the delusional “legend.”

The only legend Floyd will retire with is that of being a coward if he doesn’t man-up and finally get in there with Pacquiao to earn the title of the greatest. His record is padded with a slew of recent fights coming against washed up tomato cans (unfortunately Pacquiao followed suit in that aspect). Couple that with the cheap-shot it took for Floyd to beat Victor Ortiz, and we have a serious problem. I don’t care what you Floyd-heads say about the Ortiz fight, was it legal? Sure. But I know as a man I wouldn’t hit another fighter who clearly was looking at the referee with hands at sides. His actions that night undermined the integrity and sportsmanship of the sport, not to mention robbed all the fans who bought the fight.

Fighting Manny Pacquiao will silence Floyd's doubters.

Not only has he cherry-picked opponents the last three years, every time he gets on TV and spouts off his yapper he is overly defensive and apparently tries to convince himself of his own greatness, while ignoring the question about why he has ducked Pacquiao like it doesn’t exist.

It just boggles my mind Floyd calls himself the best, but hasn’t fought the best, then gets ultra-defensive when that clear fact is brought up. Sorry Floyd, but us boxing fans don’t share you delusions, don’t blame us for wanting to see the fight happen. Don’t blame analysts and radio-show hosts because we live in reality and can clearly see you are giving yourself a title you haven’t earned.

The show host said it perfectly, Muhammad Ali wasn’t undefeated, but he never ducked anyone and was 1,000x the fighter Mayweather is. Even worse, Floyd doesn’t realize that outside of his little circle and blind brainwashed fan-base, the rest of the boxing world agrees with this.

Stop getting mad at people interviewing you, Floyd. Stop getting mad at analysts. Step in the ring with Manny Pacquiao, put aside the circus, and give us fans what we want. Win, lose, or draw, then and only then will real boxing fans respect you.

MAYWEATHER/PACQUAIO: GET OFF THE BANDWAGON!

As a boxing enthusiast, I am getting increasingly annoyed at how certain analysts and fans have an incredibly biased double standard when discussing who in fact is the better fighter, Floyd Mayweather Jr., or Manny Pacquaio.
Mayweather has won titles in five different weight classes, fluctuating between 130-154 pounds. He is a perfect 41-0 in his career, and to me it seems with Pacquaio’s recent rise to the top (which was only allowed by Mayweather‘s 2008 retirement), all of Junior’s accomplishments are now drawing criticism, while Pacquaio’s are all being praised. This is a gigantic hypocrisy considering these facts:
- Larry Merchant, HBO analyst, has constantly accused Mayweather of “hand picking” his opponents, such as Oscar De La Hoya and Ricky Hatton, while avoiding fighters such as Miguel Cotto or Antonio Margarito. Why is it that when Mayweather handily defeated both fighters by a landslide they were considered hand picked “easy” fights, yet when Pacquaio fought the same two last year they are now considered the biggest career wins for the pride of the Philippines? Why was it never mentioned during Manny’s fights with these two that they are fighters Mayweather had already beaten with ease?

-Pacquiao’s backers who actually knew who he was before 2008 will always argue that his wins over Marco Antonio Barrera, Juan Manuel Marquez and Erik Morales are much more credible fights than some of Mayweather’s wins when they were both up and coming fighters. This is simply not true, and speaks to the true ignorance of this double standard. How are those three fights, although impressive wins for Manny, not the same value for Mayweather when he defeated Jose Luis Castillo, Angel Chavez, and Diego Corrales? Also, many boxing fans who witnessed the Pacquaio/Marquez fights know that Marquez took Manny to his absolute limit, and many believed he was robbed in fights that were scored as one win for Pac and the other a draw. This is the same Juan Manuel Marquez that Floyd Mayweather dismantled when he returned to the ring in 2009 after a small hiatus.

I find it funny that Mayweather was criticized for choosing Marquez for his return fight. It’s as if when Marquez fought Manny he was a warrior and true pound for pound threat, but now that Mayweather chose to fight him and destroyed him, all of a sudden Marquez is a cream puff.
-Last year when the “super fight” was being negotiated, Floyd Mayweather asked for Olympic style blood testing, which allows random blood tests for illegal substances up to a week before fight night. Given the history of accusations against Pacquaio for using performance enhancing drugs, why does the boxing world see this request as outrageous?

If it were the other way around, people would call Mayweather a coward, and say he is “ducking” Manny. But because of this double standard, Manny received no negative feedback for refusing, all the blame fell on Mayweather. Let me ask you this, if Manny had nothing to hide and isn’t using illegal substances, then why couldn’t he agree to give one tube of blood seven days before the fight? He fell back on the excuse that it “drains” him, which is absurd, not like he’s giving three pints, and Mayweather would be equally “drained” because he’s adhering to the same rules.

I am in no way undermining how great of a warrior Manny Pacquaio is. But any fan of boxing with one iota of sense knows these things are true. The Manny bandwagon irritates me to my core, half of his “fans” outside the Philippines had no clue who he was three years ago. It’s these same fans who have no idea about the “sweet science”, of speed, defense, and technicality that Floyd Mayweather executes flawlessly. Manny’s warrior style has garnered him a following, yes, but the skill set Mayweather brings to the table is of equal value for any true boxing fan. Throw in the fact that in his last fight, Floyd continued his dominance of his opponents by giving arguably the best ring performance of his career in rolling over “Sugar” Shane Mosley, a fighter he was previously accused of “ducking.”

Pacquaio is set to square off against Mosley May 7th, and I will not be surprised when praise reigns down upon Manny should he win, yet when Mayweather won the boxing world said Mosley was “past his prime” and they found yet another way to try to discredit him.

Given these points, I have no idea as to how anyone could realistically argue for Pacquaio at this point in time just because he‘s a more exciting fighter. It’s an unfair bias against Floyd Mayweather, simply because he can be arrogant and cocky at times, but hey, if I were 41-0 I’d be slightly arrogant too. Disliking Mayweather is not a green light to ignore plain facts as to why he is the better fighter, and should definitely not allow a double standard to be created and believed by analysts or fans, which clearly happening. The only way this issue with truly be settled is in the ring, and for the sake of boxing, I hope it happens before both fighters decide to hang it up.

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