Rick Reeno of BoxingScene.com reports that Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is willing to do a 150-pound catchweight fight between Manny Pacquiao and middleweight champ Sergio Martinez, but only if they do same-day weigh-ins:
"Martinez says 'I'll fight him at 150,' but that's bullshit. That means he'll dehydrate until the afternoon of the weigh-in and come to the ring at 175, which he's done before. ... You said 150, you will fight at 150, then let's go to a commission, and not necessarily this [Las Vegas] commission. Maybe New York, maybe Texas, wherever. And say 'both fighters want to do the fight and they want to go back to the old days and we'll weigh in on the day of the fight, at 150.' If he wants to do that, we can start talking."
This is very, very, very Bob Arum-like, because Bob Arum knows that this won't happen. MAYBE they could get it to happen in Texas, but probably not. There would be a lot of concerns from a lot of people who have power in the sport. Look, frankly, I don't think same-day weigh-ins are a bad thing. The rehydration thing has made for welterweights like Victor Ortiz, who weigh in at 147 and then fight at 165 pounds. It's a serious advantage for a lot of guys to be able to weigh in the day before and then rehydrate.
But the change was made years ago, and "They want to go back to the old days" is probably not going to be good enough for a reputable commission. Maybe they could put the fight in West Virginia.
It reminds me of the Cotto vs Margarito presser in September, when Arum showed up with that pro wrestling briefcase and the clueless, insulting idea to make the fight essentially a gimmick match where the wraps were inspected and put into the briefcases for safekeeping, and OOOH! THE INTRIGUE! LMAO, Margarito loaded his wraps that one time, but not really maybe, LOL, :), which resulted in New York's Melvina Lathan looking like she wanted to throw a brick at Arum.
Pacquiao faces Juan Manuel Marquez this Saturday night on HBO pay-per-view.