Welcome back to me! This week’s column will be dedicated to my favorite division- the Welterweights. A division, by the way, which should’ve provided us with at least a half-dozen classics this year. Instead, we had a couple of decent fights and this gin-soaked column:
Tickets go on sale this Wednesday for “The Farce of the Year,” Oscar De la Hoya vs. Manny Pacquiao. Not one to pull any punches, I will honestly tell you that this one holds ZERO interest for me. Even if Oscar’s able to squeeze his size-4 body into a pair of size-2 fishnets and Pacquiao’s able to retain enough water to make 147, this fight will still be an abomination. However, make no mistake about it- History will be made on December 6th- The launching of the first Filipino satellite.
WBC Welterweight Champ, Andre Berto, will be defending his title against Stevie Forbes this coming Saturday. One question- With names like Williams, Clottey, Collazo, Quintana, Cotto and even Cintron floating around in limbo, why did Berto decide on Forbes? It’s almost like Berto wants to opt out of the division and hide in his own personal plastic bubble. Too bad Berto can’t have his own division, you know, one that’s for undersized Welterweights who just aren’t big enough or bad enough to fight the bigger guys. Hey, wait! There is a division like that- It’s called the Junior Welterweight division.
Paul Williams should stop all the Margarito-esque bellyaching about being ducked. There’s an easy way to get a big fight when nobody wants to bother with you- Stay active and make a name for yourself. So what if you can’t get a fight with Margarito or Cotto? Fight all the Michael Jennings and Delvin Rodriguez‘s of the world until you eliminate all the cannon fodder for your rivals. Fighting twice a year, whining to your friends and jumping up to Middleweight is not the way to get a money fight at 147.
Luis Collazo is considering retirement unless he can land a big fight soon. What he should consider is firing Don King as his promoter. King’s found Collazo 2 fights in over two years, hardly the recipe for staying in the public’s eye and finding a good fight. What Collazo needs to do is ditch “Buckwheat 2009” and get with someone who actually holds Boxing shows. Despite the appearance of being an old pro, Collazo is only 27 years old and there’s plenty of time to get things back on track. Nobody is going to bend over backwards for a crafty southpaw who’s affiliated with Don King.
I hate to break the news to those who have gushed over the Margarito/Cotto bout, but the fight wasn’t that good. I’ve heard phrases like “Fight of the Decade” thrown around and that’s just plain goofy. The anticipation leading up to the fight was exciting, the aftermath was exciting, but the fight itself was way too one-sided to be consider a true candidate for even Fight of the Year. Margarito/Cotto was about as competitive as Joshua Clottey‘s fight with Zab Judah.
What’s the chance of Antonio Margarito backing-up the threats of division domination he made when he was on the outside looking in? The official line from his manager is that Margarito has been so busy with press engagements after the Cotto fight that he just won’t be able to get back into the gym until later this year. Yeah, right. I wouldn’t buy that even if it came with a free copy of the Kim Kardashian sex tape.
Please, Miguel Cotto, don’t go through with your idea of having a rematch with Margarito. You could very well find yourself without a head- and that would leave Ivan “Couldn’t Pop a Pimple” Calderon as the representative of Puerto Rican Boxing.
One for the road: Shane Mosley, Ricky Hatton, Antonio Tarver, Joe Calzaghe, Roy jones Jr, Bernard Hopkins, Oscar De la Hoya, Ricardo Mayorga, Raul Marquez and Vitali Klitschko are all scheduled to have “major” fights in the last third of ’08. For those who like to score fights at home- you will need a clean piece of paper, a sharpened pencil, High-def TV and a Time Machine… What’s the over/under on one of these geezers having a coronary?
See ya next week…