Ranking The Best Fighters In The World
World Light Heavyweight Champion 27 1 1 (16)
Last Year s Ranking: 61
Status Report: Another big jump here, but Pascal earned it, beating Adrian Diaconu (W12) in their rematch, upsetting Chad Dawson (Tech Dec 11) to claim the world light heavyweight title, and barely scraping by an oddly resurgent Bernard Hopkins (D 12). You can say Dawson fought the wrong fight against Pascal or that Pascal got a gift against Hopkins, but it s nitpicking. Pascal does what he has to do. That counts for something. In fact, it counts for a lot.
Future: What we d like: a rematch against Hopkins. What we ll get: a rematch against Dawson. We ll take it.