The fight boxing fans most want to see this year is obviously Floyd “Money” Mayweather finally clashing with Manny Pacquiao, but nobody is holding their breath to see the deal sealed.
Even Lennox Lewis, the mild-mannered former undisputed heavyweight champ, has behaved out of character and called for an end to this frustrating impasse.
Whether it happens or not, at least both fighters will be busy this year and will showcase their immense talents. Pity it is probably not going to be against each other.
At least there are a number of tantalizing bouts to come.
The amazingly efficient middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin keeps finishing bouts early. The Kazakhstan knockout specialist is surprisingly still searching for his first pay-per-view date, despite stopping his last 18 opponents.
Mexico’s Saul “Canelo” Alvarez became a pay-per-view headliner with his two successful bouts last year and now moves up to the middleweights to challenge Miguel Cotto in May. Cotto looked sensational in dropping defending middleweight champion Sergio Martinez four times via a 10th round stoppage to capture his fourth division world title.
After defeats to Mayweather and Pacquiao, Cotto looked finished, but he hired the legendary Freddie Roach to train him and looked rejuvenated in causing the Martinez upset.
Wladimir Klitschko now has the third-longest title reign in heavyweight history after two more routine defenses last year. A champion since 2006, Klitschko took his defense streak to 17, trailing only Joe Louis and Larry Holmes.
Bernard Hopkins, who turns 50 next week, continues to defy Father Time. He is intent on fighting on despite getting hammered by light-heavyweight champ Sergey Kovalev two months ago.
Hopkins should retire after his next bout. He has proved his point and battled the best at top level for long enough.
He should make way for newcomer Terence Crawford, the exciting lightweight champ, who promises to emerge as a top-tier fighter. The 27-year-old American is undefeated and capable of giving any champ up to welterweight a tough contest.
Boxing needs more spectacular clashes, and probably the best at elite level was when Argentine battler Lucas Matthysse scrapped with John Molina last April in a thriller.
Matthysse bounced back from two knockdowns early on and a cut over his eye from an accidental head-butt to drop Molina twice and knock him out in the 1tth.
The best aspect of boxing outside of the ropes was the loosening of tension between rival promoters Bob Arum (Top Rank) and Oscar De La Hoya (Golden Boy Promotions).
They have responded to public outcry and started matching their top fighters against each other following the departure of Arum’s nemesis Richard Schaefer, who was the Golden Boy chief executive officer.