Gatti, Hill head Hall of Fame list
The late Arturo Gatti and five-time world champion Virgil Hill were among those elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Both were elected in their first year of eligibility. Gatti died three years ago in Brazil under mysterious circumstances. He won titles in two weight divisions. Hill won a silver medal at the 1984 Olympics and defended his light heavyweight title 20 times. Among those elected from the modern category was referee Mills Lane. Selections were made by the Boxing Writers Association and a panel of boxing historians. Inductions are June 9 in Canastota, N.Y. held its own in the headlines and highlights.
It also took a critical hit because a Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather showdown just lost its luster. Before Manny’s unexpected nap, a fight of that magnitude had the potential to shatter all pay-per-view and attendance records and become the greatest boxing spectacle ever.
Now it has dissolved into one of those woulda, coulda, shoulda discussions.
The Mayweather people say their guy would have destroyed Manny because Marquez barely laid a glove on Money May when they fought. The Pacquiao people say he would still knock out Mayweather and end his unbeaten streak.
And we all wonder: Why didn’t these dudes fight years ago?