Robert Guerrero had to recover from surgery and a long layoff, leap a weight class and beat two hardened former welterweights titlists before landing a Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight. But now, finally, it's here.
Nonito Donaire won four fights against strong competition in 2012 -- sometimes in spectacular fashion -- and did so while proving himself clean in a sport rife with PED issues. For that, he earns ESPN.com's boxer of the year award.
Former two-division titleholder Ricky Hatton fought gamely, to the delight an adoring crowd, Saturday in Manchester, England, but his comeback crumbled under the force of a Vyacheslav Senchenko body shot.