Boxing pound-for-pound lists are ultimately based on opinion. And the thing about opinions is, everybody's got them.
So for the purpose of this article, I've used The Ring rankings. I certainly don't agree with them 100 percent, but the publication's longtime standing gives its judgments a certain institutional authority.
And despite the Ring's recent ties to Golden Boy Promotions, it does seem to be driven more by objective historical analysis than individual enthusiasm and whim. The Ring has certainly placed a few clunkers in its pantheon (cough..cough...Adrien Broner), but overall it is as accurate as any other high-profile list.
There's a good chance its top 10 will look exactly the same at the end of the year as it does today. But the fights are in place to create some huge shake-ups.