Catch weight… in lay man’s term it is simply a desired weight which both men agreed to meet. In boxing this is usually done when a boxer moves up in weight and challenges a bigger fighter and to make the playing field equal. We can’t expect a former 130lb titlist fighting a welterweight at 147lbs. catch weight is agreed upon both parties and they usually come to terms in the middle like say when 135lbs versus a 147lbs boxer logical thing would be to meet at 140-143lbs. So with all the fiasco about Pacquiao fighting guys above his weight it is just a logical thing to do when a smaller guy is fighting a much bigger guy. Oscar De La Hoya wanted Manny’s pound per pound status. Manny at that time was campaigning at the 135lbs.division and Oscar has fought as high as 160 lbs. when he fought Felix Sturm for the WBO middleweight title. Manny have to set a catch weight in the Welterweight level which is 147lbs. a division on which Oscar last fought 7 years ago. The result ended with a dehydrated De La Hoya losing to Manny in the 8th round via TKO. Now here comes Miguel Cotto the WBO welterweight champion who will challenge Manny Pacquiao’s no.1 pound per pound status and November 14 is their matchup date. Manny last fought at 140lbs against Ricky Hatton and dominated the Brit from the start till his patented left hook found its way on Ricky’s chin and with Cotto fresh from his win against sturdy Ghanian native Joshua Clottey they agreed to meet at 145lbs. catch weight which isn’t a mountain to do for Cotto who fought mostly at light welterweight most of his career. Cotto is not putting his belt on the line since they are fighting at 145lbs but come to think of it, it is only fair that Cotto will stake his belt in exchange for Manny’s pound per pound status. Cotto should also remember that Manny is the smaller man here and two pounds below the limit isn’t much to ask considering that Manny is in for a big disadvantage let us also remember that Manny started fighting at 106lbs. a far cry from his fighting weight now at 140. It is only fair to fight at a catch weight and it’s only fair to fight it with a title.
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