Rafael's random thoughts
• Whether it's boxing feeling the heat from mixed martial arts, the planets being properly aligned, or maybe the Mayweather-Oscar De La Hoya fight really did save boxing (joking), the final four months of 2007 are going to be incredible with two more mega fights -- Miguel Cotto-Shane Mosley and Mayweather-Ricky Hatton -- being added to an already star-studded lineup. Add those two huge fights to Vitali Klitschko's intriguing return against Jameel McCline, Jermain Taylor-Kelly Pavlik, Chad Dawson-Antonio Tarver (hopefully), Manny Pacquiao-Marco Antonio Barrera II, Oleg Maskaev-Samuel Peter, Juan Diaz-Julio Diaz (probably), Joe Calzaghe-Mikkel Kessler and Joan Guzman-Humberto Soto, and we're looking at maybe the best second half of a year I have seen in my eight years on the boxing beat. In fact, those fights would make a great full year, not just September-December.
• How great is the Top Rank-Golden Boy truce for boxing? In the month since they settled their differences, we're getting Pacquiao-Barrera II, Mosley-Cotto and Guzman-Soto with the prospect of Juan Manuel Marquez-Pacquiao II in the first part of next year. Thankfully, Top Rank's Bob Arum and Golden Boy's De La Hoya and Richard Schaefer finally came to their senses, settled their differences and stopped holding the sport hostage.
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