1. The two best pound-for-pound fighters in the world - Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. - are avoiding each other (blame whoever you want, the bottom line remains there's no superfight on the horizon).
2. The heavyweight division lacks depth and is painfully boring.
Unfortunately, neither of the above seems likely to be resolved anytime soon. Nevertheless, the sport still offers plenty to look forward to with numerous intriguing fights on the upcoming schedule. In fact, 12 of the top 14 pound-for-pound fighters in the world will be in action prior to year end. Here's our ranking - in order of importance and excitement level - of the top dozen fights scheduled to take place between now and the end of the 2011.
5. Vitali Klitschko vs. Tomasz Adamek: Sept. 10, Wroclaw, Poland (HBO)
Adamek is a blown up light heavyweight/cruiserweight but he's also the best heavyweight in the world not named Klitschko. More importantly, unlike most Klitschko opponents, he's likely to fight to win ... not just to survive.
6. Nonito Donaire vs. Omar Narvaez: Oct. 22, Carson, CA (HBO)
Donaire defends his bantamweight belts against undefeated super flyweight (and former flyweight) champ.
7. Lucian Bute vs. Glen Johnson: Nov. 5, Quebec, Canada (Showtime)
Bute is undefeated and improving with every fight. The 42-year-old Johnson is never in a dull bout ... and this one should be no exception.
9. Erik Morales vs. Lucas Matthysse: Sept. 17, Las Vegas, NV (HBO PPV)
Morales looked washed up in 2007 but showed he's still got something left in the tank in a majority decision loss to Marcos Maidana back in April.
10. Sergio Martinez vs. Darren Barker: Oct. 1, Atlantic City, NJ (HBO)
Worthwhile simply to watch Martinez even though he's likely to crush the undefeated but overmatched Barker.
Andre Berto vs. Jan Zaveck: Sept. 3, Biloxi, MS (HBO)
Yuriorkis Gamboa vs. Daniel Ponce De Leon: Sept. 10, Atlantic City, NJ (HBO)
Juan Manuel Lopez vs. Mike Oliver: Oct. 1, Bayamon, Puerto Rico (PPV)
Toshiaki Nishioka vs. Rafael Marquez: Oct. 1, Las Vegas, NV (Fox Deportes)
Antonio DeMarco vs. Jorge Linares: Oct. 15, Los Angeles, CA (HBO PPV)
Robert Stieglitz vs. Mikkel Kessler: Nov. 5, Copenhagen, Denmark
Do you agree with the above rankings? What other fights do you want to see? Let your voice be heard!