Why does Pacquiao need a catchweight handicap against Cotto?

By Chris Williams: Bob Arum is talking about matching Manny Pacquiao up against former Top Rank stable fighter Miguel Cotto in November at a catchweight handicap of 150 lbs for Pacquiao rather than at the full weight for the junior middleweight class. What I want to know is why does Pacquiao still need a catchweight handicap when he fights?

Arum said this to ESPN “I think Manny would be willing to do it at 150.”

In other words, another catchweight handicap for Pacquiao. The junior middleweight division ends at 154, not 150.

I thought Pacquiao was done with his handicaps when it comes to fighting weights. We just saw Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight Cotto at the full 154 pound weight limit last May, so why can’t Pacquiao do that? Pacquiao sees himself as deserving of an equal 50-50 share of the revenue for a fight against Floyd, so why would he need a handicap if he fights the same guy that Mayweather did?

I’m really tired of seeing Pacquiao fight at catchweights. Isn’t he beyond that at this point? Him and Cotto are about the same height, and he licked him pretty bad last time they fought back in 2009. So why would Pacquiao need a catchweight to fight Pacquiao?

I know boxing will never get rid of fighters that use catchweights for an advantage, but they should at least put asterisks for each of the fight and make them like exhibition bouts rather than fights that actually count in the record books. They don’t change rules for baseball or football to accommodate smaller athletes, so why should they do it for boxing? If Pacquiao can’t fight Cotto at the full weight then there shouldn’t be a fight.


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