Boxing Report: PBF&G Put Canelo vs. Hatton At 140 Instead Of 160

Pascal-Porter, Two Contenders Step Up By: Ryan Demarco While everyone focused on Antonio Margarito-Sergio Martinez, the next fight on the horizon for a title contender was none other than Mexican puncher Saul “Canelo” Alvarez…

Boxing Report: PBF&G Put Canelo vs. Hatton At 140 Instead Of 160

Pascal-Porter, Two Contenders Step Up

By: Ryan Demarco

While everyone focused on Antonio Margarito-Sergio Martinez, the next fight on the horizon for a title contender was none other than Mexican puncher Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and his second choice to face him was No.1 ranked Englishman Matthew “The Hammer” Hatton. Ironically, most of the boxing fans (yes, I said most) scratched their heads when Canelo went with the Manchester-born welterweight for the fight, suggesting it was too safe.

As it turns out, it’s not quite as simple as tearing out your eyes for fighting cards after the Golden Boy card tonight on HBO. One thing that’s important to remember is that divisions are now only three sanctioned weight classes each. Previously, they were four divisions, therefore, the three up weight division is fine. Just remember the deal isn’t that long: you have three divisions and each fighter is equal in class.

Because of the three divisiones, it makes it easier for promoters to come together. For example, Golden Boy has Manny Pacquiao, Erik Morales, Juan Manuel Marquez, and Jessie Vargas. Meanwhile, Al Haymon has Timothy Bradley, Devon Alexander, Adrien Broner, Lamont Peterson, Kell Brook, and more. The move for Al and Golden Boy to enter the Welterweight division was logical, since both companies offered 140 pounders.

Even more significant, are the comments Oscar De La Hoya has made about how open he is to promoting fights for both his company, Golden Boy, and Al Haymon’s company, Premier Boxing Champions. For the first time, the company that has exclusively promoted Canelo Alvarez has officially signed onto a venture with another promoter. While Oscar has maintained that he wants the fights to stay Mexican, he has clearly signaled that he wants to promote fights at 147 pounds, after Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao reach their end of their careers.

Let’s also remember that Golden Boy is now the promotional company that manages all of the fighters including Pacquiao, Lucas Matthysse, and Kermit Cintron. If Golden Boy found a way to work that triangle, and that is what Golden Boy seems to be doing, it could open the door for other companies. When Oscar De La Hoya opens the door, he often opens it wide.

– RyanDemarco is the Editor-in-Chief for FoxSports.com. He is a one man sports journalism revolution whose definition of “fiercely independent” only begins to touch upon the surface. Follow him on Twitter @RDemarco.

Leave a Comment