It seems to me that to be considered the best pound for pound fighter a boxer has to be in a weight class below light heavyweight. The original best pound for pound fighter had to be Sugar Ray Robinson. He fought all takers (a prerequisite) and was simply outstanding. Also, Roy Jones Jr. not only beat the best boxers in his own weight class but kept moving up in weight and continued to win big. Sadly, both guys didn’t quit when they should have. Still, in their prime they were the best pound for pound fighters…period.
Since the Mike Tyson era, the best pound for pound fighter is even more important to boxing given the state of the heavyweight division.
Presently there can be consideration for only one best pound for pound fighter in the world, namely Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao. He’s dominant and he fights all comers, many of whom are bigger physically than he is. Boxing CAN come back from the present-day low point and Manny Pacquiao is leading the way. Let’s hope for the sake of boxing that other boxers take Manny’s lead and continue to fight the best.
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