1. Canelo Alvarez
Mexican superstar Canelo scored two of his biggest wins in 2019. He defeated Daniel Jacobs via decision to unify the WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight belts, before venturing up to light-heavyweight to dethrone WBO champion Sergey Kovalev inside the distance.
2. Manny Pacquiao
They thought he was finished, or at least on the slide, yet this year Pacquiao confounded the doubters with a humbling decision over Adrien Broner, prior to an even better points victory by the veteran Filipino against WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman.
3. Naoya Inoue
By now a cult hero, Japan’s Inoue, the WBA and IBF bantamweight champion, romped to victory in the WBSS tournament with a stunning early knockout of Emmanuel Rodriguez, followed by a hard-earned decision over Nonito Donaire in a modern classic.