Yahoo Sports boxing pound-for-pound rankings: Canelo Alvarez tops list

Kevin IoleCombat columnist
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(Paul Rosales/Yahoo Sports)

Every so often, I’ll post my 10 choices for the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world. To understand this, it helps to understand what pound-for-pound means. To me, and the way I’ll be voting, it’s who would win a fight if everyone weighed the same and all of their skills and physical attributes were proportional. For example, if I’m considering a flyweight who is a murderous puncher in his division, I will assume he’d be a murderous puncher in every division, punching proportionally as hard at heavyweight as he did at flyweight.

I will value activity and quality of opposition over inactivity and lighter opposition. That said, I will not arbitrarily remove a fighter from my Top 10 if there is a logical and rational reason why he hasn’t fought. But I will not vote for someone who has been inactive for a lengthy period for no apparent reason. Fighters who are under doping suspensions will not be included.

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Boxing pound-for-pound rankings as of Nov. 4

1) Canelo Alvarez, WBA-WBC middleweight champion, WBA super middleweight champ, WBO light heavyweight champ, 53-1-2, 36 KOs. (Previous Ranking: 3)

2) Terence “Bud” Crawford, WBO welterweight champion, 35-0, 26 KOs. (PR: 1)

3) Vasiliy Lomachenko, WBA-WBO lightweight champion, 14-1, 10 KOs. (PR: 2)

4) Errol Spence Jr., IBF-WBC welterweight champion, 26-0, 21 KOs. (PR: 4)

5) Naoya Inoue, WBA bantamweight champion, 18-0, 16 KOs. (PR: 5)

6) Oleksandr Usyk, undisputed cruiserweight champion, 16-0, 12 KOs. (PR: 6)

7) Manny Pacquiao, WBA welterweight champion, 62-7-2, 39 KOs. (PR: 7)

8) Artur Beterbiev, IBF-WBC light heavyweight champion, 15-0, 15 KOs (PR: 8)

9) Jose Ramirez, WBC-WBO super lightweight champion, 25-0, 17 KOs. (PR: 10)

10) Gennadiy Golovkin, middleweight contender, 39-1-1, 35 KOs. (PR: 8)

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