In 1984, with names like Ali, Frazier, and Foreman retired and legendary fighters like Leonard, Duran, Hearns, Holmes, and Hagler on the decline, boxing developed a new list of greats and ushered in a new era.
This is a list of boxing's best among the new era greats.
Lists like this are always subjective and this one is no different. There is simply no way to take all of the sport’s best since 1984 and make a list that would make everyone happy.
So, here’s my take on things, and, if you have a difference of opinion, feel free to comment or complain at will...
I based my list on overall quality of opposition and inherent skill. To keep things fair, I excluded a fighter’s performances from when he was well past his prime.
My focus was on the young fighter coming up and the champion in and around his prime.
Let the debates begin: