Early on, 2010 was labeled a "down year for boxing." Sixth months in, as a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight failed to materialize, ring observers were still declaring that, and forecasting the demise of the sport.
But suddenly, things started to turn around. Big fights were signed, big upsets—such as Jean Pascal's win over Chad Dawson—started happening, and recently, we saw perhaps the most action-packed November in the history of the sport, and quality fights planned well into the new year.
Just in the past month, a few of the fights we have seen:
- Juan Manuel Lopez v. Rafael Marquez, arguably the fight of the year
- Manny Pacquiao v. Antonio Margarito
- Sergio Martinez v. Paul Williams, probably the knockdown of the year
- Juan Manuel Marquez v. Michael Katsidis, another FOTY candidate
- Two Showtime Super Six battles (Ward-Bika and Froch-Abraham)
Just to name a few.
As we prepare for a few more big fights to close the books on 2010, we're realizing that it actually became quite an exciting year for boxing, and there is a tight race for fighter of the year, with no runaway favorite.
This is a slideshow of the top 10 candidates for fighter of the year compiled by me, boxing Featured Columnist Dave Carlson. I'd love to hear your thoughts and feedback in the comments section.