In October, I debuted a consensus pound-for-pound top 25 ranking, compiled by canvassing votes from fellow boxing writers and hardcore fans. The process was to have each voter fill out a ballot ranking his personal top 25.
For each No. 1 vote a fighter received he was credited 25 points. No. 2 equaled 24 points, and so on, down to one point for a No. 25 ranking. When two fighters have ended up tied in total points, I have given the edge to the fighter who appeared on more different ballots.
So, for example, a fighter who three voters rated at No. 22 would end up ranking ahead of a fighter who a single voter rated at No. 14, even though they would both have the same point total (12). Since this is a consensus ranking, three lower rankings for one fighter must outweigh a single higher ranking for another fighter.
The major differences between this list and the October list are a result of adding two more voters. However, the shakeup has been almost entirely within the order of the ranking; 24 out of 25 names remain the same.
Japanese super bantamweight Toshiaki Nishioka, who appeared at No. 18 on last month's list, has dropped from the ranking, as a result of his Round 9 TKO loss to Nonito Donaire on October 13.
My voting panel consisted of Bleacher Report Boxing Columnists King J, Justin Tate, Zach Alapi and Michael Walters, along with boxing writer and medical student David Carlson and my personal friend Adam Levine, a Brooklyn native and passionate boxing fan with over four decades of serious watching.