The first four months of 2013 have been a lively time indeed for professional boxing. Wars have been waged in the ring, titles have changed hands, and some of the top fighters in the sport have gone down. The pound-for-pound rankings have been in flux.
The rankings have never been anything but subjective opinion. But recent developments have thrown even a lot of what was once consensus into disarray. Familiar stars are continuing to age, and the young guns continue to nose their way into the debate.
That the comment sections that follow these articles are always packed with disputation shows that this sport is healthy. The great drama surrounding a prize fight is the payoff of seeing who wins. So the more debate there is over which fighters deserves to be on top, the bigger the anticipation for the eventual fights.
Without further ado, here is one man's take on the best 25 fighters today.