The various Top 10 pound-for-pound lists have been static of late. That could change soon, though.
Eight fighters on the Top 10 lists of RingTV.com Co-Editors Michael Rosenthal and Doug Fischer, submitted as members of voting panel for the Yahoo! Sports monthly poll, are scheduled to fight before the end of the year.
Two of the eight – Paul Williams and Sergio Martinez, who are on both lists – are fighting each other on Nov. 20, meaning a shakeup is likely.
So by the first of the year Top 10 lists could look entirely different. Of course, that depends on how the rated fighters do.
Here’s a breakdown of which matchups involving fighters on the lists of Rosenthal and Fischer are most competitive (and are therefore more likely to result in changes), less competitive and least competitive.
Paul Williams vs. Sergio Martinez, Nov. 20, Atlantic City, N.J., HBO: Their first fight, won by Williams, was as close as it gets. There’s no reason to think their second meeting will be any different.
Juan Manuel Lopez vs. Rafael Marquez, Nov. 6, Las Vegas, Showtime: We know what we have in Lopez, a young, complete fighter on the rise. The question is whether Marquez still has it at 35.
Andre Ward vs. Sakio Bika, Nov. 27, Oakland, Calif., Showtime: Ward is emerging as a star; Bika is merely a solid replacement opponent. An upset here would be a shock.
Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Michael Katsidis, Nov. 27, Las Vegas, HBO: Marquez looked strong against Juan Diaz in his first fight after he was embarrassed by Floyd Mayweather Jr. Katsidis is tough but a clear underdog.
Manny Pacquiao vs. Antonio Margarito, Nov. 13, Las Vegas, PPV: Most observers believe Pacquiao will be too quick for the plodding and presumably rusty Margarito. Some give the Mexican a chance because of his size advantage.
Tomasz Adamek vs. Vinny Maddalone, Dec. 9, Newark, N.J., PPV: Maddalone is just an opponent as Adamek continues to position himself for a shot at a heavyweight title.
Wladimir Klitschko vs. Dereck Chisora, Dec. 11, Mannheim, Germany: Chisora has had 14 pro fights and has faced no one remotely close to Klitschko’s ability or experience. This isn’t a good matchup on paper.
MICHAEL ROSENTHAL’S TOP 10
1. Manny Pacquiao: His position at the top shouldn’t be seriously challenged on Nov. 13.
DOUG FISCHER’S TOP 10
1. Manny Pacquiao: Division-conquering Filipino icon epitomizes the term “pound for pound.”