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My boxing wishes for 2012

The new year is upon us, so here are a few of my boxing wishes for 2012:

• As usual, the long-awaited showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. We can hope, can't we?

• For Mayweather to think long and hard about why he's spending the first part of this year sitting in a jail cell and how to avoid going back after he's released in the spring.

• The Super Six World Boxing Classic plus-one fight: Andre Ward against Lucian Bute for all the marbles at 168 pounds.

• Lasting and meaningful peace between Top Rank and Golden Boy, so that Bob Arum and Richard Schaefer will make the slew of fights together that should be made. I have a feeling this will be on next year's list, too.

• For every fight freak to log on to YouTube and spend 40 minutes watching Akira Yaegashi-Pornsawan Porpramook, the epic 2011 fight of the year. You won't be sorry.

• That Ken Hershman at HBO and Stephen Espinoza at Showtime thrive in their new positions, and that they buy the best fights for the fans, not push the agenda of a particular promoter or manager.

• For some alphabet outfit to make me a diamond emeritus super-duper interplanetary regular interim champion in recess -- for a small sanctioning fee, of course.

• For Bernard Hopkins to get a fight that will allow him to bow out in style.

• For people outside Germany and Ukraine to appreciate just how good and dominant heavyweight champions Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko are.

• For the Victor Ortiz-Andre Berto rematch to be as good as their first fight.

• For fighters to stop touching gloves all the time. Do it at the start of the fight, maybe after a legitimate accidental foul and before the final round. That's it.

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. against Saul "Canelo" Alvarez in the battle for Mexico (youth division).

Juan Manuel Marquez against Erik Morales in the battle for Mexico (senior division).

Marcos Maidana against Lucas Matthysse in the battle for Argentina. How could this not be the fight of the year?

• Worthwhile undercard fights on every single pay-per-view card.

• A big-money fight for Jorge Arce, one of my all-time favorite action fighters, who brings it every time, win or lose.

• For Sergio Martinez to defend the middleweight title against Miguel Cotto, even if it has to be at a catchweight to accommodate Cotto.

• No more boxing-versus-MMA nonsense. I repeat: They're different sports, and there's room for both to flourish.

• More action fights from James Kirkland, Brandon Rios, Juan Manuel Lopez and Abner Mares.

Adrien Broner against Yuriorkis Gamboa at 130 pounds. I can dream, can't I?

Nonito Donaire against Gamboa at 126 -- because we all know Broner-Gamboa ain't happening.

• For HBO to bring back the iconic "World Championship Boxing" theme music (in place of the mess it uses now) and a fresh batch of "Legendary Nights" episodes. It's time.

• An American heavyweight who matters. Is it Seth Mitchell? Either way it goes, hopefully, we'll at least find out.

• For "Friday Night Fights" to produce another season as terrific as last year's.

• Sobriety for Oscar De La Hoya and Kelly Pavlik.

• An HBO or Showtime fight for Delvin Rodriguez and an enjoyable retirement for Pawel Wolak.

• For promoter Frank Warren to match his fighters with worthy opponents, not stiffs. He can start with light heavyweight titlist Nathan Cleverly.

• A clean bill of health for Glen Johnson's battered elbows.

• Some American TV time for fighters such as Thomas Oosthuizen and Gennady Golovkin.

• Twitter rehab for Paulie Malignaggi. #tk

• For Robert Guerrero to show that his shoulder is healthy against a name opponent, then move on to a really big fight.

• Standardized medical requirements across the nation.

• A spot in the International Hall of Fame for Jim Lampley, who should have been inducted years ago.

• For Vic Darchinyan to return to junior bantamweight. It's clear he doesn't belong at bantamweight. It's only three pounds, but it has made a big difference in Darchinyan's case.

• A four-man tournament at flyweight involving Pongsaklek Wonjongkam, Hernan "Tyson" Marquez, Brian Viloria and Roman Gonzalez.

• For prospects such as Gary Russell Jr. and Thomas Dulorme to live up to the hype.

• The abolition as soon as possible of the disgusting WBC, which breaks its rules regularly, makes up many new ones on a whim and produces rankings that are utterly laughable. Same for the wretched WBA, which insists on regularly recognizing three titleholders in numerous divisions.

• A complete recovery for Daniel Jacobs.

• For Tavoris Cloud to fight more than once and for promoter Don King to match him with a worthy opponent. May I suggest Jean Pascal?

• Better refereeing and judging. Assigning Steve Smoger or Kenny Bayless to referee every big fight wouldn't be a bad thing, either.

• For Lamont Peterson and Amir Khan to meet in a rematch, with a competent referee in charge.

• Retirement for Roy Jones Jr., James Toney, Evander Holyfield and Shane Mosley.

• Title shots for Antonio Tarver (cruiserweight), Ismayl Sillakh (light heavyweight), Erislandy Lara (junior middleweight) and Mikey Garcia (featherweight).

• For David Haye, the laughingstock of boxing, to stay retired. He disgraced himself enough in 2011.

• Success for Main Events' Kathy Duva in her new boxing series on NBC Sports Network.

• More big fights at Madison Square Garden.

• No more fights at the Silverdome.

• For Denis Lebedev to stop picking on old men and fight legitimate cruiserweight contenders in their 30s, or even 20s.

• For Steve Cunningham to get fair officiating in his rematch with Yoan Pablo Hernandez in Germany on Feb. 4.

• For all the ignorant writers and TV and radio personalities to stop writing and saying that boxing is dead or dying. It's very much alive.

• For the fight freaks everywhere, great fights all year long.

• And, as usual, for peace on Earth -- but not inside the ring.

Happy new year.