I hate pound-for-pound rankings. They’re such a double edged sword.
I’m definitely the kind of bloke who will sit in a pub with a friend (If I did pubs. Or friends for that matter.), and debate about ranking stuff till the cows come home. In school it was those ratings tables for girls and they had looks and their personalities on them, or ranking who Football’s Top 5 Strikers were. (Remember when Inter Milan’s Adriano looked like he was going to be the shit?)
Pound-For-Pound lists are the eventual outcome when nearly any sport. Like trying to compare Joe Montana, to Johnny Unitas, or Michael Jordan and Oscar Robertson. It’s still happening now in Combat Sports. In Boxing, it’s a little more clear cut, It’s Floyd Mayweather then everyone else. In MMA, things have gotten more interesting now Anderson Silva’s “lost” his last two fights; and Georges St-Pierre’s recent retirement. Jon Jones? Renan Barao? Jose Aldo? Interesting eh?