I just noticed on a boxing site that the PacMan-Margarito fight is at a catchweight of 150 lbs. That would normally be fine, I don’t care if PacMan makes Margarito weight 150 to get the payday. My problem is that the fight is for the WBC Jr. Middle title which has a weight limit of 154. I just think it is bullshit that Manny is allowed to fight for belts in new weight classes and potentially break records for number of different titles held, but his opponents have to come in under the mandatory weight limit. The weight classes in boxing are already pretty close as it is. He should fight one of the Klitszchkos for the heavyweight title and make them fight at 162.[/quote]
That’s your only problem? I think two people who shouldn’t even be ranked in the 154lb division fighting for a vacant title is the worst thing about the situation. It’s the WBC so you can’t expect much though.
Fair point. No it’s not my only problem it is just that this is not the first time Manny has made an opponent weigh below the normal weight limit for a title fight. Boxing’s sanctioning bodies are all completely corrupt and are about nothing more thatn lining their own pockets. Don’t get me started about the whole “super” champion nonsense. I can’t remeber the exact fighters or belt involved but I think there was actually an incident where two different fighters qualified as “super” champions for the same organization. Ridiculous!
It’s gradually been getting worse ever since the NBA wasn’t the only org on the block.
I think you’re talking about the WBC Diamond Belt. Basically, they’ll give it to the winner of a high profile fight. It’s really only a way to get another 2% in fees. The WBC has actually been one of the worst organizations in my opinion, they’ve had the legal troubles and poor reputation to prove it too.[/quote]
I think it might actually be the WBA that I am thinking of. When someone who is the WBA champion of the division beats the champion from one of the the other major sanctioning bodies (IBF,WBC and maybe WBO) to partially unify the belt, he then becomes WBA “super” champion and the regular belt becomes vacant. That way they have two champions in that weight class and twice as many opportunities to charge sanctioning fees. On a related note I just read that Jose Suliaman, the long time president of the WBC resigned as president today.