There are many criteria that can be considered when compiling lists of greatest fighters, and all of them have wonderful potential for provoking argument and debate. Ranking pound-for-pound boxers from different eras against one another is always problematic, considering the vastly different conditions under which fighters in different eras campaigned.
But ranking fighters against each other from within the same decade creates a slightly clearer picture. Even then, certain fighters have a distinct advantage given the way their careers arbitrarily line up with the start of a decade.
A fighter whose best years run from the second half of one decade and into the early part of the next doesn't have the same resume to consider when making fighter-of-the-decade decisions.
Still, every fighter on this list could realistically be included within somebody's all-time top-10 ranking.