Pound for pound is a ranking used in combat sports
, such as
Boxing is a combat sport in which two people, usually wearing boxing glove, protective gloves and other protective equipment such as hand wraps and mouthguards, throw Punch (combat), punches at each other for a predetermined amount of time in a ...
Wrestling is a combat sport involving grappling-type techniques such as clinch fighting, throws and takedown (grappling), takedowns, joint locks, Grappling hold#Pinning hold, pins and other grappling holds. The sport can either be genuinely ...
, or mixed martial arts
, of who the better fighters are relative to their weight, i.e. adjusted to compensate for weight class
. As these fighters do not compete directly, judging the best fighter pound for pound is subjective, and ratings vary. They may be based on a range of criteria including "quality of opposition", factors such as how exciting the fighter is or how famous they are, or be an attempt to determine who would win if all those ranked were the same size.
In boxing, the term was historically associated with fighters such as Benny Leonard
and Sugar Ray Robinson who were widely considered to be the most skilled fighters of their day, to distinguish them from the generally more popular (and better compensated) heavyweight champions.
Since 1990, ''The Ring (magazine), The Ring'' magazine has maintained a Boxing pound for pound rankings, pound for pound ranking of fighters.
Mixed martial arts
ESPN, ESPN.com has a list for mixed martial artists.
Terminology used in multiple sports
Martial arts terminology