QUOTE (Col Reb @ Apr 20 2010, 12:50 PM)
It's not like making Pavlik come down to 155. Martinez is a 154 guy, so I have no problem with the fight happening at the catch weight. You can say a max of 160, but both guys would be best-served to come in lighter.
But that's the thing. What's the point? If that's the case, why not just fight at 154 for Martinez's title? I know it isn't like making Pavlik come down to 155, but if champions are going to start fighting at catch weight and fighting challengers, seriously. What is the point? It will just cause more shit going on with small guys squeezing into divisions and only fighting other small guys in that division or catch weights.
Like if Bute made Dawson fight him at a weight at 169 for the 175 title. I understand what you are saying about them not being big middles anyway, if that's the case I would prefer Martinez and Pacquiao to both fuck off from 160 and let the real men battle it out, and the smaller guys insecure about fighting bigger guys to go down and fight at a weight they are comfortable with at 154.
I'm not having a shot at you or anything, I have just always been dead against the idea of champions putting their titles on the line at catch weights. I am just of the opinion they we are already complaining about todays boxing with WAY too many divisions and it was better off years ago when there were fewer. In todays day and age, with as many divisions as there are. If someone feels the need to still make more divisions in between divisions, then something is really fucked up.