Since the Floyd Mayweather/Manny Pacquiao fight seems to have run up on the rocks at the moment, let me seize this opportunity to issue a modest proposal: Paul Williams (who says he can still make 147) vs. the winner of Mosley/Berto for the generally recognized position of #1 welterweight.

Mayweather and Pacquiao are good fighters, but, I would argue, not really welterweights; they’ve only fought one consensus top welter between them, and that at a catch weight. They’re just roaming around 147 in order to make as much money as possible and, hey, good luck with that. But when it comes to determining the best guy in that weight class, I’d like to see it fought out between guys who’ve put the rounds in to establish a meaningful record in that division.

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