This list has been making the rounds, and generating a good bit of buzz on social media.
“Greatest of All Time,” it says, and the man who’s been saying for awhile now that he is that, Floyd Mayweather, topped the list.
This debate, and people saying yay or neigh to Floyd being GOAT, has been a matter to cause fussing and feuding for a long spell. He himself drew heat in 2015 when he placed himself at the top of the list of GOATS.
As you can imagine, old-timers who revere Sugar Ray Robinson spat an “Oh hell naw,” and took to IG and Twitter to make their case.
Me, I say pretty much everything is debatable, and the only true certainty is death. Everything else is negotiable.
The list looked tilted toward fighters from more recent eras, so it had me thinking that ranking criteria probably took into account won-loss ratio more so than rewarding the old school level of business. So I reached out to BoxRec, to try and get a sense of the formula that resulted in this list.
Martin Reichert of BoxRec, the man who takes credit for the list’s existence, was kind enough to answer my queries.
How was it formulated?
“The BoxRec all time ratings should reflect the accumulated success over a boxer’s career independent of the weight divisions.”
What are the criteria?
“A criteria rewards the boxer’s annual division performance. A boxer can get up to 200 points per year for defeating No. 1 or No. 2 in the division. Another criteria additionally rewards the boxer’s annual P4P performance. A boxer can get up to another 200 points per year for defeating No. 1 or No. 2 over all divisions. Top wins per year are avenged by losses against lower rated opponents in the referenced year, the year before and the year after. Top wins are rewarded much higher than medium-scale wins. The points per year are reduced to 1/2 for defeating No. 3, to 1/3 for defeating No. 4, 1/4 for defeating No. 5 etc. So defeating No. 11 earns only a 1/10 of defeating No. 1 or No. 2.”
You get all that? I’m not a math guy, but seems to make sense to me.
Who came up with the formula or algorithm?
“The formula developed over the times in discussion with interested BoxRec forum users.
Was there a name in that list that surprised YOU? He didn’t offer one name or ranking that took him aback.
”The boxers’ BoxRec records still are more and more unsure and incomplete going back the times. So maybe there will be future changes.”
Noted; so, you weigh in, fire your top 25, if you like.