QUOTE(rusty_trombone @ Mar 26 2009, 12:00 PM) [snapback]429731[/snapback]
Again, the outcome of the fights and what transpired make no difference. These are mutually exclusive ideas, that means they exist without each other. I don't care that Hopkins didn't beat him because he was a blown up welterweight, that doesn't matter. The point is that he is a blown up welterweight. And don't forget the Roy Jones fight. Tito was never a true middleweight, and was always alot smaller and softer than his opponents there. Try to separate outcomes of the fight, and what Tito was at 160 & above.
Trinidad fought Jones at 170. That was well out of his depth. While 160 wasn't his prime or best weight, I don't think it had anything to do with being too small. He had 2 wins, and the 2 losses had nothing to do with size. You are probably looking at Trinidad and just said that he was a blown up welter, but there hasn't been an instant where you were like, "Wow, Trinidad just can't hurt that guy and is getting man handled". Because like I said, it didn't occur in his 2 losses and he won the other 2 in impressive fashion.
I just think when someone says "Hopkins beat a blown up welter" it is implying he won because he was small. Wasn't the case, Hopkins would have beaten him any where, any time so I don't understand the point in emphasising that he was a blown up welter, because it is irrelevant in the Hopkins fight.