Boxing Pound for Pound Rankings: Vasiliy Lomachenko, Errol Spence hold firm, welterweights rising

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It would likely come as no surprise that the best and deepest division in all of boxing would hold such a firm grip on the sport's pound-for-pound rankings. The 147-pound division, often tagged as boxing's money division through two decades of heavyweight instability, currently claims four spots in the CBS Sports top 10 and two honorable mentions, led by a pair of unbeaten champions in Terence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr. 

The idea of a Crawford-Spence fight for both welterweight and P4P supremacy remains more hope than reality until rival promoters and networks decide to get creative. Given how deep the pool of welterweight fighters around Spence currently is under the PBC banner, it doesn't bode well for it happening soon. 

After outpointing a tough and rugged Shawn Porter over 12 grueling rounds in Los Angeles, Spence still has plenty of options for his future opponents that don't include Crawford. Fox announced after the bout that Danny Garcia will get the next shot at Spence, and could be followed by a bout with WBA champion Manny Pacquiao later next summer.

But make no mistake about it, the gap is closing quickly between current P4P No. 1 Vasiliy Lomachenko and the rest of the field. Lucky for fans, the three-division champion Lomachenko only knows one way and that's to match himself as difficult as possible.

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The pool at lightweight is only getting deeper by the minute, with unbeaten prospect Devin Haney now a mandatory challenger for Lomachenko, who could end up being paired with another phenom-in-waiting should Teofimo Lopez Jr. capture the only 135-pound title that Lomachenko currently doesn't own in December. In addition, Gervonta Davis has moved up to lightweight and Mikey Garcia is still debating whether he should make one more run at the weight class despite recently giving up his two world titles to face Spence. 

Not only is the race for best in sport a crowded one at the moment, it's a competition that could be outright won by Japanese power puncher Naoya Inoue should he continue his reign of terror over the next year. Did I mention Canelo Alvarez was moving up two weight divisions to face Sergey Kovalev? What a time to be alive and well atop the sport.  

Dropped out: Leo Santa Cruz, Keith Thurman

Honorable mention: Tyson Fury, Santa Cruz, Thurman, Donnie Nietes, Regis Prograis, Oleksandr Gvozdyk, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, Shawn Porter

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