Gatti, Hill head Hall of Fame list

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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?

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