Yahoo Sports boxing pound-for-pound rankings

Combat columnist
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(Paul Rosales/Yahoo Sports)

Each week, 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.

Boxing pound-for-pound rankings as of May 18

  • Terence “Bud” Crawford, WBO welterweight champion, 35-0, 26 KOs.

  • Errol Spence Jr., IBF welterweight champion, 25-0, 21 KOs.

  • Vasiliy Lomachenko, WBA-WBO lightweight champion, 13-1, 10 KOs.

  • Canelo Alvarez, WBA-WBC-IBF middleweight champion, WBA super middleweight champion, 52-1-2, 35 KOs.

  • Naoya Inoue, WBA bantamweight champion, 18-0, 16 KOs.

  • Oleksandr Usyk, undisputed cruiserweight champion, 16-0, 12 KOs.

  • Gennadiy Golovkin, middleweight contender, 38-1-1, 34 KOs.

  • Mikey Garcia, WBC lightweight champion, 39-1, 30 KOs.

  • Leo Santa Cruz, WBA featherweight champion, 36-1-1, 19 KOs.

  • Regis Prograis, WBA super lightweight champion, interim WBC super lightweight champion, 24-0, 20 KOs.

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