The Top 25 Active Pound-for-Pound Boxers

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The Top 25 Active Pound-for-Pound Boxers
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Pound-for-pound lists are like dysfunctional family reunions: packed with arguments that can never be resolved in a satisfying manner. If Aunt Emmie believes Guillermo Rigondeaux is a better fighter, factoring for size, than Wladimir Klitschko and Cousin Bert disagrees, there's frankly no way to prove which one of them is correct.

Still, pound-for-pound rankings and the discussions they provoke are a major driver for fan interest in today's era. It fits the analysis-obsessed ethos of our time.

The subjective nature of these lists should be obvious. Even people who watch enough boxing and study enough extra video to start from an well-informed position end up having to make a lot of critical judgements based upon hunches and the eyeball test.

Perhaps, as many as 50 fighters have very good arguments for inclusion in the top 25. And there are plenty of fighters out there who wouldn't currently make anybody's top 25, but might very well knock off fighters who are universally regarded as pound-for-pound top 10.

That's the thing about boxing that every fan understands: It's fun to have our opinions and argue about them. But on any given weekend, we have to be ready to see them come undone. 


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