Re: Sonny Liston 'I Will Manage Floyd Patterson as Light-Heavyweight'
All you have to do is look at the numbers to realize what a bonehead idea it is:
Willie Pastrano made $58,000 fighting Peralta. The fight lost money. Patterson made nearly that much fighting complete non-entity Santo Amonti.
Harold Johnson recieved $37,000 to defend against Pastrano who recieved his largest purse to date at $21,500
In losing to Torres Pastrano got over $100,000 but only after Torres agreed to almost nothing just to get a title shot and because it was part a big promotional double main event with Emile Griffith.
The month before Patterson made $170,000 for a non-title fight with Chuvalo.
The numbers speak for themselves there just wasnt enough money in the light heavyweight division.