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boxing-beltsOk, I believe it is time, for many reasons, to clean house at 147lbs.  The big fights are going on at 140 and 154, even though 147lbs is the most comfortable weight for boxing's two biggest draws.  Instead of waiting for a Guerrero-like shot at the big money (which isn't even an option unless you are Mexican), an elimination tournament, which is half-started, should commence.  The action is so good at 154 and 140, how could it not take place at the only division in which they can meet.  Justice seems to be prevailing at the aforementioned weights around welter, anyway.
There is a champ at 154lbs, and the other belts are facing deserving mandatories.  Matthysse will likely get Garcia for an undisputed champion to emerge.  Khan's handlers will likely send him screaming for 147lbs.  The Top Rank lock-up has the 6 fighters he represents at 140-147 all fighting each other (wait for Provodnikov vs. Alvarado to be announced any day now), but this leaves a gap at 147lbs, for many name fighters to get it on.  The first leg has already happened, the second is about to.  We just need to fill in the gaps, and if my plan is put into place, Floyd will have an agreed upon number one contender to fight by next May.
Who's In: Mosley, Malignaggi, Broner, Alexander, Keith Thurman
Who's Out: Kell Brook, Pablo Cesar Cano, Robert Guerrero, Andre Berto (May and Pac get to do their own thing until the smoke clears, also). Berto is out because he needs to rebuild... ditto Guerrero.  Cano can't make his name off of two close losses, so he needs a good win, maybe against Guerrero or Berto.  Randall Bailey and Mike Jones are out too.  Kell Brook is out because he chooses to fight nobody real.  Amir Khan is out until he proves himself (maybe with a win over one of the other "outed" fighters) at 147lbs.
Mosley beat Cano, and Alexander stayed busy.  The winner of Malignaggi and Broner moves on.  Alexander vs. Thurman needs to take place in the early fall, as does Mosley vs. the winner of Malignaggi-Broner.  The two winners of those matches meets in late January, with the winner to face Floyd.  It's not perfect, and does leave out one of the biggest draws in boxing in Amir Khan, but I just have to go with matches I know are realistic.  Arum has his own round robin taking place, and does not need to play ball again for a few years at least.  This is the best way to clean up a division, and build a star for Floyd to defeat.  Unless Mosley wins it all... then he should still retire on top, rather than take that rematch.

Chris Strait

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