With six months nearly gone, let's take a look at some of the guys whose names might be floated around when it comes to the annual "Fighter of the Year" conversations come December. There is one caveat: I have not included anyone who has not yet fought this year, so I will quickly run through a few names that could definitely be included once they do see some action in the ring.
David Haye and Wladimir Klitschko are fighting July 2nd in a fight with major implications in the heavyweight division, pound-for-pound and in this year's award race. Should Wladmir win and not take another fight this year, that lone victory probably isn't enough to put him in the conversation for FOY. But if Haye were to pull the upset and beat Wladimir, that win alone would earn Haye a mention.
A mythical follow-up fight with the other Klitschko brother, Vitali (who is already scheduled to fight Adamek in September but presumably could cancel that to avenge his brother's loss if that occurs), is what Haye has claimed he wants if he can best Wladimir. Now, I wouldn't in a million years bet on any of this happening. I strongly believe Wladmir will put away the brash champ from England with relative ease. But if Haye were to pull off the unthinkable and knock off both Klitschko brothers in a single annum, that would undoubtedly place him into one of the top two spots...who could beat that? Read on and find out.
And a quick shoutout to Juan Manuel Marquez because, if he shocks the world and beats Manny Pacquiao, he's in the discussion for sure. Again, I don't anticipate that happening. And as for Manny, I sadly did not include him, because I don't think the Mosley-Marquez combo is enough to get it done this time around. Best fighter in the world? Yes. Fighter of the year? Not this time.