Boxing Recap 2012: A Look Back at the Best of a Great Year Inside the Ropes

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Boxing Recap 2012: A Look Back at the Best of a Great Year Inside the Ropes
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Juan Manuel Marquez's stunning victory over Manny Pacquiao helped cap a tremendous year of boxing in 2012.

Say what you will about the state of boxing in the United States, which I've long contended is in dire need of an overhaul. 2012 gave us its share of great fighters and great fights.

From Nonito Donaire's war with Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. in February to Juan Manuel Marquez's electrifying knockout of Manny Pacquiao in December, the year may represent a changing of the guard in the sport as the younger names continue to establish themselves and the old standards begin to fade into the pages of history and a likely spot in Canastota in a few years time.

With the end of the year comes the look back at who made it great with my list of the best of the best in 2012.

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