Updated: Dec 1, 2021
A massive debate in today's day and age of the sport of professional boxing is the pound-for-pound (P4P) list. This list is a ranking system based upon who the best fighters in the world are relative to their weight class. These fighters do not compete against each other to. battle for the no.1 spot and this list is very subjective and can cause a heated debate between fans. The list is predominantly based on the fighter's quality of opposition, their level of activity, their ability to win at different weight classes and a panel's opinion on who the best active fighter in the world is and who would win if weight class was taken out of the equation.
Most fan's current no.1 P4P is the Mexican superstar, Canelo, with the likes of bantamweight, Naoya 'The Monster' Inoue and WBO welterweight champ and former undisputed 140 lb champion Terence Crawford at number 2 and 3. Most lists are either a top 5 or top 10. The most known lists are the Ring Magazine's list as well as US broadcaster ESPN's list.
The P4P list can stem all the way back to times when the likes of Sugar Ray Leonard and Muhammad Ali fought and fans would debate on who was better. Other boxers included in P4P lists include the likes of Rocky Marciano, Sugar Ray Robinson, Roy Jones Jr, Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao.
Here at Breaking Boxing News, our current top 5 P4P list is as follows:
1. Saúl 'Canelo' Álvarez
With Floyd Mayweather Jr being semi-retired and there not being an undisputed champion in the sport's glamour division (heavyweight), many believe that the face of boxing is none other than 4-weight world champion and current unified super-middleweight champion, Canelo. The redhead Mexican has been in with some of the best the sport has to offer and continues to wow fans with his terrifying punch power up and down the weight classes. He is coming off of a stoppage win against former WBO super-middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders, in which the Mexican superstar unified the WBA, WBC, WBO and Ring Magazine titles. Canelo is hoping to become the sport's 6th undisputed champion by taking on the IBF champion, Caleb Plant, some point later on this year.
2. Naoya Inoue
Coming in at number 2 in our list is the Japanese unified bantamweight champion, Naoya Inoue. 'The Monster' currently holds the WBA super and IBF belts along with the Ring Magazine belt and even won the Muhammad Ali trophy by winning the World Boxing Super Series back in 2019. Fighting in Japan predominantly earlier on in his career, the 21-0 bantamweight champion recently signed with the Top Rank promotion whom he has already had two knockout wins for and who he believes will guide him in making him a household name in the sport within the next few years. Inoue has scary power and boasts a total of 18 KO's from his 21 career wins. He is also targeting the status of undisputed champion later in 2021.
3. Terence Crawford
The number 2 and 3 spot was a close one with the more active Inoue clinching 2nd place for us, however this 147 lb champion easily has the ability to become the number 1 on our list. Terence 'Bud' Crawford is the current WBO welterweight champion and is also the former undisputed super-lightweight champion. Boxing politics have caused Bud to not have been able to unify up at this weight with all of the other 147 lb belts across the pond with champions under the PBC (Premier Boxing Champions) banner. Many believe that Crawford should sign with PBC in order for him to take on the elite of the division and to give the fans the fights that they want to see. If it wasn't for this case and his lack of elite opposition recently, the WBO champion may have been higher in our list. There are signs of hope however as there was news from the WBO, that Crawford is ordered to fight the former WBC and IBF champion and current PBC fighter, Shawn Porter next. This would be a mouth watering match-up for the unbeaten American.
4. Teofimo Lopez
The current unified WBA, WBO, IBF and Ring Magazine lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez also makes our top 5 list. The young American-Honduran is coming off of a spectacular points win against the former P4P star Vasyl Lomachenko. Many thought the Ukranian star was best boxer in the world and Teofimo made a statement by beating the experienced 2 time Olympic gold medalist, with only 15 fights under his belt prior to this. Teofimo has been touted to become the sports next star and at only 24 years of age, he has his full career ahead of him. Fans want Teofimo to fight the likes of Ryan Garcia, Devin Haney, Gervonta Davis along with a rematch with Lomachenko.
5. Josh Taylor
The current undisputed super-lightweight champion closes out our top 5 P4P list. 'The Tartan Tornado' is coming off his massive win against Jose Ramirez, in which Taylor scored two knockdowns on his way to unifying the division and become only the sport's 5th undisputed champion in the four belt era. The Edinburgh man has only had 18 fights, winning the Muhammad Ali trophy and the WBSS along the way to becoming undisputed champion. Taylor is eyeing fights up at welterweight after taking care of his mandatory challenger, and British rival, Jack Catterall next.