Is anyone else becoming fed up with all these catchweight bouts going on at the moment?
Recently there's been Calzaghe-Hopkins, Hopkins-Pavlik, Abraham-Miranda and now De La Hoya-Pacquiao.
Have these guys got no-one to fight in their own weight classes? Seriously...what's the point in weight classes and having world champions if you're gonna get, say, the top lightweight fighting a welter/jr middleweight? What...Pacquiao didn't have any challenges in Marquez, Casamayor or Campbell?
And Hopkins couldn't have taken on Chad Dawson? Or De La Hoya couldn't have fought Margarito?
Back in the old days catchweight fights were cool because they came in between title defences as extra money makers.
But here, in the modern era, with fighters only fighting once or twice per year, the catchweight fights are coming INSTEAD of the title defences.
I'd much rather have seen Pavlik-Abraham than for the two of them to have fought Hopkins and Miranda. What good was a light-heavyweight and super-middleweight 12 rounder in place of a good old fashioned unification?
All it's done is set the middleweight division back six months, screw up the light-heavyweight division and make a mess...all for a fairly dull 12 rounder that was only mildly entertaining because of the B-Hop's skills and personality.
I hope after this year everything settles down, and Pavlik fights at middleweight, Hopkins (and Calzaghe) challenges for a title belt against Chad Dawson and Pacquiao goes back down to lightweight to fight the aforementioned trio.
I'd add DLH fighting Margarito but I KNOW that's asking too much.