The media members were asked to vote for who they feel are the top fighters.. Maximum output with some simple thoughts...
Juan Manuel Marquez
World Lightweight Champion 52 5 1 (38)
Last Year s Ranking: 5
Status Report: Not many thought Marquez was really as bad as he looked in his loss to Mayweather near the end of 2009, but when he took off a full 10 months before getting in the ring again you had to wonder. But there he was again in July, handing poor Juan Diaz another boxing lesson (W 12), and then taking apart the spirited and very tenacious Michael Katsidis (KO 9) in another defense of the straight up lightweight world title. We don t know how much longer Marquez can be Marquez, but this much should already be decided: he has a room reserved in Canastota.
Future: Marquez, who may face fellow future hall of famer Erik Morales in April, seems as hungry and ambitious now as he ever has. Call him a late bloomer.