Weight Class Unification
By DC: This is the first time I have written an article on Boxing News but have been on the website and read almost every article for some time now. A lot of topics are covered pretty frequently but one topic I believe has gone over looked or has been loosely talked about in other articles is weight class unification. A topic usually overlooked by the conversation of why or why not Floyd Mayweather should or should not fight Manny Pacquiao and who needs who. What defines and Elite fighter today?
Remember when Boxers boxed because they wanted to be the very best? When world champions were the lb for lb best in the world and the guy to beat? In today’s current state of boxing the term “World Champion” or “pound for pound” has taken on a whole new meaning. How could one even calculate a “pound for pound” best or classify a true “World Champion”. A sport now filled with multiple sanctioning bodies and network TV too many things have gotten in the way. Has boxing wondered off course? To a place where the old mighty dollar has once again taken over a great sport.
I believe that part of the question is easy to answer. If you were to ask most boxers and even their fans they would tell you they still are under paid. How do we compensate both sides and get back to a system of weight class unification, back to defining a true champion? We are not only selling the fans short but even the boxers whom want to be true champions. At 160lbs Sergio Martinez is regarded as the pound for pound best and at the top of the class.
Now matched to face an opponent Miguel Cotto is this unfair to possibly more credible challengers like Gennady Golovkin or Peter Quillin regarded as being at the top of the division and holding titles as well. Shouldn’t Quillin, Golovkin, or even Sturm be facing Martinez? Should Adonis Stevenson be able to move from HBO to Showtime and avoid fighting possibly the best opposition at 175lbs Sergey Kovalev. How can they both be considered world champions? Are not only the fans but also the fighters missing their just do?
There is always uproar over the super mega fight with Manny Pacquaio vs. Floyd Mayweather and were not here to beat a dead horse on that topic because it has been covered countless times. When they were both feuding in the 147lb division shouldn’t they have been ordered to fight? Floyd Mayweather is about to fight Marcos Maidana, why not Timothy Bradley for welterweight unification. Let’s start writing the history books in the right direction and put the skeptics to bed and boxing back on the map helping us define a true “pound for pound, “Elite” fighter.
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