Originally Posted by ushvinder
So what, he still took fights at higher weight. People love to give shit to modern fighters if they dont move up in weight, but we just let Hagler slide. Hagler NEVER beat a great middleweight, i doubt hagler would have fought Roy Jones, he knows he would lose.
Moving up and fighting Tarver, Pavlik etc isn't nearly the same as moving up to fight Qawi or Spinks mate. Hopkins could have moved up earlier to chase a rematch with Jones if he wanted but I suspect he knew that he would've no more luck than he did first time around (where he didn't do too badly all things considered).
Regarding the 'modern fighters get shit for not moving up', I'd say it was the other way around: most of today's guys get flack for too much weight jumping and not cleaning divisions out. It isn't the be all and end all really.
I've no great love for Hagler either, superb though he was.