As the new year approaches, we think of what possible fights can, have, or are being made. I decided to look carefully at every weight division.
To build a proper list of the most anticipated fights of 2011, I built a criteria. I call my criteria LIE.
LIE stands for Likelihood, Importance, and Entertainment.
Likelihood is how likely a match can become a reality. Sometimes the money, importance, and entertaining possibilities of a match aren't enough to bring two fighters together.
Sometimes, two fighters hate each other too much. Other times, one just isn't ready to fight the other. Recent court cases or illnesses can prevent a fight from coming into fruition. There are countless reasons in today's boxing world for why a fight fans demand may never occur.
Importance is how important a match is to boxing. Some matches bear a historical necessity to them. This helps the likelihood of the match increase.
Fans demanding a fight between two fighters makes a fight grow in importance. If two fighters have cleared through a whole weight division except for each other, this naturally raises the importance of their bout. Many factors can effect the importance of a bout.
Entertainment is what brings the fans to a fight. Whatever the factor is that entertains the people, be it knockout power or powerful personalities, it raises other factors of the match.
Entertainment can lightly effect the importance. If a match makes money and makes sure to entertain the fans, the likelihood greatly increases.
I use each of these factors, rating each from one to five for each potential matchup I considered for this list.
From the smallest to the biggest, I applied my criteria. Check out the list I came up with using the right arrow key on your keyboard or clicking the "next" button with your mouse.