Originally Posted by Calabrese
I see it more this way...
I believe the best Heavyweight is seen as the best fighter in the world, period (meaning he could kick everybody else's ass) - while the best overall non-Heavyweight is seen as the best "pound for pound" in the world. It's about talent and skill yes - but also quality of opposition, dominance, excitement, consitancy, activity, etc.
I think the best HW in the world right now is Wladimir Klitschko, therefore he's the best in the sport - while the best non-heavyweight right now is Manny Pacquiao, so I see him as the best pound-for-pound.
Go ahead and hate.
This makes sense. Joe Louis was the baddest man on the planet because he was the heavyweight champion but Sugar Ray Robinson was pound for pound the best boxer in the world.