Predicting the 10 best pound-for-pound boxers five years from now is no easy task.
While it’s safe to say mainstays like Floyd Mayweather, Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao will be retired by then or at least aged passed elite status, it’s difficult to imagine how young fighters today will fare against each other in the race to replace them.
Moreover, it’s hard to predict the longevity of a fighter’s career. For example, would anyone five years ago have predicted former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik’s demise? Or the rise of junior welterweight Danny Garcia and welterweight Timothy Bradley since?
But Bleacher Report doesn’t shy away from the difficult. We embrace it.
Fighters are ranked by age, where they are in their careers today and how their talents, skills and abilities project to carry them into the future.