How can we be excited about Pavlik-Hopkins?

Updated: July 21, 2008, 12:36 PM ET
By Dan Rafael
Your weekly random thoughts…

• One of the quotes Top Rank's Bob Arum gave me after he came to terms with Golden Boy's Richard Schaefer for a Kelly Pavlik-Bernard Hopkins fight on Thursday was, "Kelly isn't thrilled with the fight." The question that immediately came to mind after hearing that was, "Is anyone?"

Pavlik and Hopkins are both quality fighters, but I don't like the matchup, especially for 50 bones on HBO PPV. I think it's pointless and not very interesting to see Pavlik move up 10 pounds to fight a 43-year-old who makes boring fights and who happens to be the guy who lost twice to the guy (Jermain Taylor) that Pavlik beat twice. It's just another overpriced HBO PPV card with no real sizzle. And, by the way, this will be Pavlik's third fight since winning the title almost a year ago, yet two of the fights will have been nontitle matches. The rematch with Taylor was a super middleweight bout as per the terms of Taylor's rematch clause. The fight with Hopkins will come at 170 pounds. Arum says with a straight face that Pavlik will be a better middleweight champion than Marvelous Marvin Hagler, but all he has under his belt as middleweight champion is one defense against Gary Lockett, one of the worst mandatory challengers ever. Middleweight champions defend the middleweight championship. They don't fight old guys coming off a loss in 170-pound nontitle fights. It makes me wonder if we will ever get the fight we all really want to see, which is Pavlik against titleholder Arthur Abraham. It's a match Arum has talked about for early 2009, but I will believe it when I see it.