Ranking the 10 Best Rivalries in Boxing Today

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Ranking the 10 Best Rivalries in Boxing Today
Seth Wenig/Associated Press

The four-fight series between Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao is the greatest boxing rivalry of this century. While a few others have matched it, or even slightly edged it, in terms of pure thrills, none approach its combination of excitement and overall historical importance.

These two future Hall of Famers have largely defined each other's careers.

Nothing else on this list really comes close to matching it. In an era where fighters compete less often and pick their opponents much more carefully, great rivalries just don't come along with the frequency that they did in earlier decades.

For this list I have excluded any "rivalries" where the fighters have not actually fought.

Fighter A and Fighter B trading insults on social media and in the press does not equal a true rivalry. It's just two dudes jawing and posturing.

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