Ranking the Boxers with the Brightest Futures

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Ranking the Boxers with the Brightest Futures
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Eventually Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao, Wladimir Klitschko, Miguel Cotto and other fighters like them will be retired. When they do, who will fill their shoes?

That's what this article will be about. Who are the fighters next in line to become the biggest stars in the sport?

This is not a ranking of the best prospects in boxing, so don't expect to see guys with fewer than 10 fights and who aren't champions or at least championship-caliber.

As I mentioned earlier, you also won't see guys like Mayweather or Pacquiao because they've already reached the highest levels possible. To make this list, the fighter has to have room for growth both in his status as a boxer and in his TV and/or commercial appeal.

Due to the latter reason, you won't see supremely talented fighters like Guillermo Rigondeaux or Erislandy Lara on this list because their style isn't attractive to the TV cameras.

If they've already hit their peak and have plateaued, they won't be on this list. Fighters can be established stars; they just have to also have room for growth.

All of the boxers on this list are very good to even great. What separates them as having a brighter future than other good or great boxers is that they have a chance of moving up into the top 10 for best pound-for-pound fighters and/or could become a pay-per-view draw—or in the case of one fighter, an even bigger PPV draw.

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