The Yahoo! Sports boxing Top 10 poll underwent very few changes this month, as the top nine spots remained unchanged.
But with the rubber match approaching March 1 between Israel Vazquez and Rafael Marquez, voters are apparently beginning to look more closely at those two.
Vazquez remained No. 7 in the poll, but Marquez joined the poll at No. 10, replacing Winky Wright. Wright hasn't fought since losing to Bernard Hopkins last year and has no fight on the horizon.
Pollsters, whose names and affiliations can be found here, apparently tired of waiting for him and dropped him from the Top 10.
For what it's worth, my votes this month were as follows: 1, Floyd Mayweather Jr.; 2, Miguel Cotto; 3, Joe Calzaghe; 4, Manny Pacquiao; 5, Juan Manuel Marquez; 6, Juan Diaz; 7, Bernard Hopkins; 8, Kelly Pavlik; 9, Winky Wright; 10, Israel Vazquez.
Before I get to the results of our February poll, I'd like to announce I'm going to start a periodic all-time Top 10 in various divisions. I get a huge number of requests for this, so we'll start with the most popular division ever.
I want to come up with a Yahoo! Sports readers' all-time heavyweight Top 10 list. Either reply at the end of the column with your list or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will only include votes from those who include their full name, email address and hometown.
Please get your votes to me by March 15 and I'll post the results sometime the following week.
With that, it's on to our newest pound-for-pound poll, topped once again by the inimitable Mayweather Jr.:
Record: 39-0 (25 KOs)
World title: WBC and The Ring welterweight champion
Last outing: TKO 10 over Ricky Hatton on Dec. 8
Previous ranking: 1
Up next: Rematch in September vs. Oscar De La Hoya
Analysis: The game's most complete fighter
Record: 45-3-2 (35 KOs)
World title: None
Last outing: W12 over Marco Antonio Barrera on Oct. 6
Previous ranking: 2
Up next: March 15 in Las Vegas vs. No. 5 Juan Manuel Marquez
Analysis: May siphon some first-place votes from Mayweather with excellent performance against Marquez
Record: 44-0 (32 KOs)
World title: WBA, WBC, WBO and The Ring super middleweight champion
Last outing: W12 over Mikkel Kessler on Nov. 3
Previous ranking: 3
Up next: April 19 in Las Vegas vs. No. 6 Bernard Hopkins
Analysis: As complete a fighter as there is in boxing
Record: 31-0 (25 KOs)
World title: WBA welterweight champion
Last outing: W12 over Shane Mosley on Nov. 10
Previous ranking: 4
Up next: April 12 in Atlantic City, N.J., vs. Alfonso S. Gomez
Analysis: The most devastating body puncher in boxing
Record: 48-3-1 (35 KOs)
World title: WBC super featherweight champion
Last outing: W12 over Rocky Juarez on Nov. 3
Previous ranking: 5
Up next: March 15 in Las Vegas vs. No. 2 Manny Pacquiao
Analysis: Rematch with Pacquiao is most important bout of his career
Record: 48-4 (32 KOs)
World title: The Ring light heavyweight champion
Last outing: W12 over Winky Wright on July 21
Previous ranking: 6
Up next: April 19 in Las Vegas vs. No. 3 Joe Calzaghe
Analysis: Calzaghe may be his toughest test to date
Record: 42-4 (31 KOs)
World title: WBC and The Ring super bantamweight champion
Last outing: TKO6 over Rafael Marquez on Aug. 5
Previous ranking: 7
Up next: March 1 in Carson, Calif., vs. Rafael Marquez
Analysis: Tenacious inside fighter thriving under new trainer Rudy Perez
Record: 33-0 (29 KOs)
World title: WBC, WBO and The Ring middleweight champion
Last outing: W12 over Jermain Taylor on Feb. 16
Previous ranking: 8
Up next: June 14 in New York vs. either John Duddy or Felix Trinidad
Analysis: Showed improved defense in rematch win over Taylor
Record: 33-0 (17 KOs)
World title: IBF, WBA and WBO lightweight champion
Last outing: TKO9 over Julio Diaz on Oct. 13
Previous ranking: 9
Up next: March 8 in Cancun, Mexico, vs. Nate Campbell
Analysis:Volume puncher is boxing's best-kept secret, despite his ranking.
Record: 37-4 (33 KOs)
World title: None
Last outing: TKOBY6 to No. 7 Israel Vazquez on Aug. 5
Previous ranking: NR
Up next: March 1 in Carson, Calif., vs. No. 7 Israel Vazquez.
Analysis: Classy boxer determined to regain super bantamweight glory.
Others receiving votes: Winky Wright, 16; Wladimir Klitschko, 9; Ricky Hatton, 7; Shane Mosley, 7; Chris John, 6; Cristian Mijares, 6; Ivan Calderon 6; Makkel Kessler, 2, Arthur Abraham, 2; Oscar De La Hoya, 1; Chad Dawson, 1/2.
- Israel Vazquez
- Rafael Marquez
- Winky Wright
- Bernard Hopkins
- Juan Manuel Marquez
- Joe Calzaghe
- Manny Pacquiao
- Juan Diaz