The first decade of this century was marred by economic instability and endless warfare. Still, life continued to go on, and sports fans continued to enjoy their diversions. And the world of boxing saw some legendary fights.
It might not have been the greatest decade in the history of the sport, but the 2000s showcased plenty of talent. Everybody on this list is a first-ballot Hall of Famer, and I left several other first-ballot guys off to narrow it down.
It's always a little complicated to put together a "best of the decade" list for sports. Nothing an athlete did in his career outside of the decade can count in this evaluation.
It can be tough to strike the perfect balance between a fighter with a few brilliant years against another one with eight or nine years that were very good but with lower peaks.
Here are the top 10 boxers from the 2000s.