OK, go ahead and assemble whatever tools best enhance your foresight, because the task before us involves the ability to look into the future and pluck out nuggets of evidence from events not yet occurred.
Specifically, we're assembling a list of those most likely to be in the discussion 12 months from now when it comes to crowning boxing's Fighter of the Year for the year 2014.
Needless to say, it's a challenging undertaking.
Because boxing runs via a series of thrown-together events rather than the painstakingly scripted schedules of the National Football League and its other mainstream ilk, it's often hard enough to simply assemble a list of matches that will happen in a given year—let alone who'll win them.
So, even if the right fights do get made and the right guys dominate them, it still in many cases gets left up to the judgement of others to determine the best of the best (Hint: For those who agree with me on who truly deserved the honor in 2013, the photo accompanying this intro wasn't an accident). And given the year boxing has just completed, putting your faith in the judging of others isn't an easy allowance.
Armed with those precursors, we plunge forward here. The half-dozen contenders that follow were chosen based on the fights that seem easiest to assume will occur, and on the would-be winners. So, as nice as it would be to select the 14th-rated fighter in a given division and insist he's on the verge of a breakout, it's not so practical in these circumstances.
Click through and see what we came up with...and leave your selections among the comments.