There has been incessant debate in the boxing world over which of Terence Crawford or Naoya Inoue is the best pound for pound fighter in the sport.
Over the past week, both men produced near punch perfect performances that culminated in clinical stoppages, in fights that were widely expected to be the toughest of their career.
However, Paulie Malignaggi does not personally believe there is much to argue about.
Speaking on Paulie TV, the former world champion turned pundit was bullish in anointing now undisputed welterweight king Crawford as the best fighter on the planet.
“He just re-emphasised the fact that he’s the best fighter in the world. We were having a conversation earlier this week if Inoue should be the pound-for-pound number one based off of his performance against Stephen Fulton, and he’s definitely a top three guy.
Hats off to Terence Crawford, the best pound for pound fighter in the world and there is absolutely no doubt.
The best fighter of this generation at this point.”
Crawford dominated proceedings throughout against Errol Spence, knocking ‘The Truth’ to the canvas on multiple occasions en route to becoming undisputed welterweight world champion in an historic win at the T-Mobile Arena.
It remains unclear whether or not Spence will activate a contractual rematch clause, or if Crawford will be free to potentially move up in weight to pursue further world titles.
It would be remiss not to mention Inoue, however, who was crowned unified bantamweight world champion against Stephen Fulton at the Ariake Arena – the fourth weight division he has picked up world honours in.
A match up with IBF and WBA world champion Marlon Tapales looks set to be next, which would give ‘The Monster’ the opportunity to match Crawford’s feat of becoming undisputed at two weight classes.
Regardless of which of the pair you rank higher, boxing fans just just feel grateful to be witnessing both men chase greatness.