Rankings: Slow month inspires little change

Kevin Iole

Floyd Mayweather Jr. kept his spot atop the Yahoo! Sports boxing rankings, garnering 27 of the 31 first-place votes.

Of the 20 fighters who received votes in the poll, only two fighters – 19th-placed Gennady Golovkin and 20th-placed Mikey Garcia – competed in January. Golovkin retained his WBA middleweight title by taking apart Gabe Rosado, and Garcia won the WBO featherweight crown by scoring a lopsided win over Orlando Salido.

There probably won't be much movement in the rankings until the spring, given that the majority of the world's elite fighters are scheduled to compete later in the year.

One fighter who is, WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner, is expected to roll over Gavin Rees when they meet Feb. 16 in Atlantic City.

With that, here are the latest Yahoo! Sports boxing top 10 rankings:

1. Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Points: 303 (27 of 31 first-place votes)
Record: 43-0 (26 KOs)
Title: WBA super welterweight champion
Last outing: W12 over Miguel Cotto on May 5
Previous ranking: 1
Up next: Nothing scheduled

2. Andre Ward
Points: 265 (3 of 31 first-place votes)
Record: 26-0 (14 KOs)
Title: WBA, WBC super middleweight champion
Last outing: TKO 10 Chad Dawson on Sept. 8
Previous ranking: 2
Up next: Nothing scheduled

3. Juan Manuel Marquez
Record: 55-6-1 (40 KOs)
Title: None
Last outing: KO6 No. 6 Manny Pacquiao on Dec. 8
Previous ranking: 3
Up next: Nothing scheduled

4. Sergio Martinez
Points: 215 (1 of 30 first-place votes)
Record: 50-2-2 (28 KOs)
Title: WBC middleweight champion
Last outing: W12 Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on Sept. 15
Previous ranking: 4
Up next: Title defense April 27 against Martin Murray

5. Nonito Donaire Jr.
Points: 207
Record: 31-1 (20 KOs)
Title: WBO super bantamweight champion
Last outing: KO3 over Jorge Arce on Dec. 15
Previous ranking: 5
Up next: Nothing scheduled

6. Manny Pacquiao
Points: 126
Record: 54-5-2 (38 KOs)
Title: None
Last outing: L BY KO6 to No. 3 Juan Manuel Marquez
Previous ranking: 6
Up next: Nothing scheduled

7. Wladimir Klitschko
Points: 111
Record: 59-3 (51 KOs)
Title:IBF, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion
Last outing: W12 over Mariusz Wach on Nov. 10
Previous ranking: 7
Up next: Nothing scheduled

8. Timothy Bradley
Points: 68
Record: 29-0 (12 KOs)
Title: WBO welterweight champion
Last outing: W12 over No. 6 Manny Pacquiao on June 9
Previous ranking: 8
Up next: Nothing scheduled

9. Vitali Klitschko
Points: 49
Record: 45-2 (41 KOs)
Title: WBC heavyweight champion
Last outing: TKO 4 over Manuel Charr on Sept. 8
Previous ranking: 9
Up next: Nothing scheduled

10. Carl Froch
Points: 48
Record: 30-2 (22 KOs)
Title: IBF super middleweight champion
Last outing: TKO3 Yusaf Mack on Nov. 17
Previous ranking: 10
Up next: Nothing scheduled

Others receiving votes: Abner Mares, 22; Adrien Broner, 17; Yuriorkis Gamboa, 10; Chris John, 7; Brian Viloria, 5; Canelo Alvarez, 3; Roman Gonzalez, 3; Robert Guerrero, 3; Gennady Golovkin, 2; Mikey Garcia, 1.

Voting panel: Raul Alzaga, Primera Hoya; Al Bernstein, Showtime; Ron Borges, Boston Herald; Damian Calhoun, Orange County Register; Scott Christ, Bad Left Hook.com; Dave Cokin, ESPN Radio 1100; Mike Coppinger, RingTV.com; Jake Donovan, BoxingScene.com; Steve Farhood, Showtime; Thomas Gerbasi, BoxingScene.com; Carlos Gonzalez, Primera Hora; Randy Gordon, Sirius/XM; Lee Groves, RingTV.com; Rafael Hernandez Brito, Univision; Keith Idec, The Record; Kevin Iole, Yahoo! Sports; Scott Mallon, Boxing Digest; Rich Marotta, Fox Sports; Franklin McNeil, ESPN.com; Gunnar Meinhardt, Die Welt; Santos Perez, Miami Herald; Marty Mulcahey, MaxBoxing; Martin Rogers, Yahoo! Sports; Cliff Rold, BoxingScene.com; Michael Rosenthal, Ring Magazine; Lem Satterfield, RingTV.com; Tim Smith, New York Daily News; Don Steinberg, Wall Street Journal; T.K. Stewart, RingTV.com; Dave Weinberg, Press of Atlantic City.

Other popular content on Yahoo! Sports:
Listen to the voicemails that duped Manti Te'o
Ray Lewis, a polarizing figure, is the Ravens' driving force
Mature 'Melo shows MVP prowess against Kevin Garnett, Celtics
Diamondbacks trade talent for culture in Justin Upton deal