Great work Ben! Everything is spot on. Here is the link:http://www.fighthype.com/pages/content1779...e8305698966d8fa
It seems that Delahoya is now being used as little more than a big money bag that gets tossed around from fighter to fighter. Oscar hasn't won a big fight in several years, so all of these other boxers are counting the undeserved millions that they would get by fighting him, rather than the deserving challengers in their own weight class.
Oscar hasn't done anything of recent to deserve big fights just because he is a name guy. Shit! Most of you remember the 80's when we had the great competition of Leonard, Benitez, Hearns, Hagler, and Duran fighting among themselves, producing great matches and some great rivalries. The 1970's where the heavyweight division, may have been at its greatest with the Ali-Frazier trilogies, showed that it wasn't "all about the money." The money was second, third, or fourth on the list. In those days, you fought for perseverance, pride, and dedication, against the challengers that offered the greatest risks to you as a champion. Akin to squeezing blood from a turnip, fighters can now use a past-prime, still competitive, undeserved money bag in Delahoya, (along with the opponent having the weight advantage) so that they can fatten their wallets while avoiding real challenges.
It's kind of sad when MMA guys who don't get shit in pay compared to boxers are fighting their assess off to packed houses, while Jones, Delahoya, and Mayweather play the "lets fight the least risk guy for top money, because I'm too important and rich to face a real challenge anymore. (Some leeway to Floyd for fighting Hatton, but now there's talk of Mayweather-Delahoya II for all the above reasons, so Mayweather loses my respect for this, and so do Delahoya and Jones. This is like these multiple go arounds with Jones, Tarver, and Johnson, but with millions more dollars involved at low risks.
I am not suggesting that these guys weren't good to great in their time. But instead of not fighting top guys and possibly tarnishing the legacy of these former champions with another loss, the best thing to do would be for them to retire, and let the young lions fight each other for bragging rights. The senior circuit is getting repetitive and tiring.