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Old 04-07-2010, 10:51 AM   #31
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Old 04-07-2010, 10:53 AM   #32
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OP should post a P4P list so we can point and laugh at it. Lets see if it's even consistent with his own criteria.
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Old 04-07-2010, 10:55 AM   #33
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p4p was invented basically for SRR. The HWs were the real starts back then so to give more recognition to the smaller men P4P was invented. its irrelevant , its open to bias , its unprovable , its a waste of time.

People have to remember this above post.
It was assumed the fighters would never meet up and so they were ranked the best in imaginary fight match ups.
Anyway, the above is an important posts for people nowadays who care so much about p4p rankings.
Also, p4p was sure as hell not an excuse for talented big man to beat up on talented little men just because they were both on the lists. Divisions are very important and so are the titles.
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Old 04-07-2010, 10:58 AM   #34
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Another way of seeing it is "relative to his size, how good is this boxer" because obviously a heavyweight will be a better fighter than a flyweight in the ring but RELATIVE TO HIS SIZE the flyweight might be better.

The whole concept of pound for pound is a ratio of overall ability / size.

Ability is not just technical ability it includes things like skills, strength, power, chin, etc. which means that of course a bigger fighter has more ability because he is bigger. But relative to his size, its different.

The same way a male boxer might be better than a female boxer due to physical advantages but the female boxer could be better relative to her gender.
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Old 04-07-2010, 10:58 AM   #35
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i think those being successful in actually fighting at different divisions (lower and upper) are supposed to have a more realistic basis to be ranked in the P4P sense. Ofcourse showing dominance in one division is impressive but an actual achievement in getting to fight in different divisions should somehow matter. If they were successful in fighting bigger opponents, what more if they actually were the same size while maintaining the the same skills/attributes.
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Old 04-07-2010, 11:01 AM   #36
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i think those being successful in actually fighting at different divisions (lower and upper) are supposed to have a more realistic basis to be ranked in the P4P sense. Ofcourse showing dominance in one division is impressive but an actual achievement in getting to fight in different divisions should somehow matter. If they were successful in fighting bigger opponents, what more if they actually were the same size while maintaining the the same skills/attributes.
that's true but people have to be careful because just cause a fighter went up in weight does not necessarily mean he is always gonna be smaller than the other guys at his new weightclass. For example I don't think Mayweather could still make 140 so its kind of rediculous for someone to say that Mayweather is a better p4p than Mosley but Mosley is better than Mayweather at 147.
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Old 04-07-2010, 11:01 AM   #37
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Another way of seeing it is "relative to his size, how good is this boxer" because obviously a heavyweight will be a better fighter than a flyweight in the ring but RELATIVE TO HIS SIZE the flyweight might be better.

The whole concept of pound for pound is a ratio of overall ability / size.

Ability is not just technical ability it includes things like skills, strength, power, chin, etc. which means that of course a bigger fighter has more ability because he is bigger. But relative to his size, its different.

The same way a male boxer might be better than a female boxer due to physical advantages but the female boxer could be better relative to her gender.
Too much emphasis shouldn't be placed on just talent/ability. Level of opposition should be considered as well when doing p4p lists.
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Old 04-07-2010, 11:02 AM   #38
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Too much emphasis shouldn't be placed on just talent/ability. Level of opposition should be considered as well when doing p4p lists.
the way I see it is that level of opposition is a way to determine who has more ability, but the bottom line is still ability.

What i mean is that I can say that "Khan has more ability than Bradley" but since his level of opposition is not as good, my argument is pretty weak. So level of opposition is important but only because that's how a fighter demonstrates his ability.
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Old 04-07-2010, 11:03 AM   #39
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This is how I rate it (obviously everyone does it differently):

25% - Overall record
25% - Current record (last 2 years)
25% - H2H ability
25% - Potential
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Old 04-07-2010, 11:04 AM   #40
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the way I see it is that level of opposition is a way to determine who has more ability, but the bottom line is still ability.
If you look at someone like Nonito Donaire, he clearly is a very talented fighter but the quality of his opposition since the Vic win hasn't been all that. For that reason Donaire has no place on a p4p top 10 list IMO.

edit: See you added a bit on, you're pretty much spot on . Level of opposition is needed to prove ability and justify a fighters ranking.
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that's true but people have to be careful because just cause a fighter went up in weight does not necessarily mean he is always gonna be smaller than the other guys at his new weightclass. For example I don't think Mayweather could still make 140 so its kind of rediculous for someone to say that Mayweather is a better p4p than Mosley but Mosley is better than Mayweather at 147.
Yes, but your success in other weight divisions beside your own is an accomplishment in itself, which if we were to match two fighters (from separate divisions) in equal size while maintaining every attribute, wouldnt you have an advantage of some sort over someone who's been successful only in one division?
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Old 04-07-2010, 11:06 AM   #42
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That's just a myth. The phrase 'pound for pound' existed before SRR, and probably before boxing.

Here is a newspaper article refering to a boxer in a pound for pound sense seven years before SRR was even born:

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Regarding the initial question, the original meaning of 'pound for pound' it is simply to do with comparison between fighters of different weight, and while actually fighting those of different weights may aid in forming an opinion on someones pound for pound status, it had nothing to do with the meaning (however, meanings change over time, in this case perhaps due to misinterpretation).

Some more mentions before SRR was born:

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Huh , well there you go , I figured the phrase was older but I'd always read Sugar was the first one they used it for.

Ach well I guess that how you become an admin


It doesnt stop it being a pointless and foolish way to rank fighters
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Old 04-07-2010, 11:38 AM   #43
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Yes, but your success in other weight divisions beside your own is an accomplishment in itself, which if we were to match two fighters (from separate divisions) in equal size while maintaining every attribute, wouldnt you have an advantage of some sort over someone who's been successful only in one division?
Of course I would consider his overall resume but I would still try to rate the fighter at his present size only, because that's what matters in the ring.
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If you look at someone like Nonito Donaire, he clearly is a very talented fighter but the quality of his opposition since the Vic win hasn't been all that. For that reason Donaire has no place on a p4p top 10 list IMO.

edit: See you added a bit on, you're pretty much spot on . Level of opposition is needed to prove ability and justify a fighters ranking.
yea but there are other factors that can justify a fighters ranking like level of dominance, consistancy, flashes of brilliance during his fights (even if its not against stellar opposition), etc.
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Old 04-07-2010, 11:45 AM   #45
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Exactly but its also why Pound for pound rankings are utterly pointless

Would Wlad Klitschko fight the way he does if he wasnt the size he is ? Would a HW Pac be as fast sa he is ? Size and boby type has a huge effect on the style somone employs so saying make them all the same size is madness and unfair on the higher weights.

the term P4P should be banned !!!
Thats bullshit. Its really not a difficult concept, its just about being able to hypothesise about how fighters would fare at the same weight class.

Thats why you cannot rate a HW, or at least, a HW who is a career HW or one who is not particularly small. Vitali for example, would never beat a Mayweather his size. Its about taking away those intangibles of size and weight.
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