For all the talk of boxing's apparent demise, the past few years have actually offered the world countless fighting men whose supreme heart and skill would have made them contenders in any era.
The names of Pacquaio, Hopkins and Lewis will rightly be noted among the game's all-time great and good, as will a whole host of their contemporaries from the past 20 years.
While nostalgic fans will always remember those sensational pugilists who practised their art in boxing's golden ages early in the last century, it doesn't mean you can simply dismiss the latest generation of outstanding boxers.
They're certainly bigger than they were in the good old days. Fitter too, and probably stronger given the vast advancements in sports science and physical conditioning that are now commonplace in all modern athletic endeavours.
Of course, what today's fighters lack is the seasoning, the pure in-ring savvy that boxers of yesteryear had in spades.
Nowadays, boxers very rarely exceed 50 fights in their career—in the 20s, 30s and 40s, you'd have to fight 50 times just to get a shot at the title.
It would certainly be a compelling spectacle to watch the athletic superstars of today go up against the insanely-tough fighters of years gone by.
Fortunately, boxing fans have a unique ability to speculate, an ability that is unmatched by any other sporting faithful.
This list serves up 15 absolute barn-stormers that would captivate audiences of any era, with the outcome of all these bouts incredibly difficult to predict given the exceptional quality of all the fighters involved.
I have, of course, tried to come to a logical and sensible conclusion should these hypothetical fights ever become a reality by consulting streams of video, statistics and opinions to decipher the particular strengths and weaknesses of all the outstanding fighters whose names are mentioned on the following pages.
Throughout the process, though, the overriding feeling was the sheer excitement I felt as a boxing fan just thinking about the prospect of such titanic battles. There is no greater thrill for our kind than speculating on the outcome of a genuine 50/50 fight, and all these clashes I'm hoping will inspire debate among fellow boxing nuts who are similarly fascinated by the mere thought of all these show-stopping spectaculars.
Forget Mayweather v Pacquiao. For a real superfight, look no further.