Pound for pound boxers ranking is a debate that always proves to be a bone of contention. Everyone has a different opinion in this list. That what makes it so much fun to try and figure out really.
Even though it’s a mythical list, in truth.
Over recent decades there have been many outstanding fighters who have sat on top of this mythical hierarchy from the likes of Roy Jones Jr to Floyd Mayweather to Manny Pacquiao.
Our top 10 pound for pound boxers ranking list is formulated based on four key criteria in the following order:
- Level of competition faced and beaten on a consistent basis (top tier boxers that at least compete once in a calendar year).
- Level of boxing skills that translate to different weight categories/different styles of opponent.
- How a fighter performs in his victories.
- Accomplishments in the sport of boxing (both amateur and pro).
With that in mind here’s our latest top 10 best pound for pound boxer rankings in the world. Regardless of what weight class they compete in:
As of March 13th, 2017:
1. Roman Gonzalez (Flyweight)
2. Andre Ward (Light-Heavyweight)
3. Sergey Kovalev (Light-Heavyweight)
4. Gennady Golovkin (Middleweight)
5. Vasyl Lomachenko (Super-Featherweight)
6. Terence Crawford (Junior-Welterweight)
7. Manny Pacquiao (Welterweight)
8. Guillermo Rigondeaux (Super-Bantamweight)
9. Leo Santa Cruz (Featherweight)
10. Keith Thurman (Super-Welterweight)
Note: These pound for pound boxers rankings are completely open to objection and like every other pound for pound list out there ever published, they are not to be taken as absolute fact.
They are an enjoyable debate to partake in nonetheless for boxing fans and something that we try to update as fairly as possible in a balanced manner, based on the above key criteria.
We will update this list every month or so depending on when the top pound for pound boxers in the world are in action, or if one drops out of the list due to significant inactivity, retirement or for unforeseen circumstances.