Originally Posted by Rico Spadafora
Weaver for the WBA belt would have been a much better choice then he could have fought Holmes in 1983. I don't think Rappaport and Jones wanted to risk their golden goose against anyone before they could get that Holmes payday.
I think Cooney's people were really pushing for the Weaver fight. Had it come off, it probably would have been sometime in the late fall of 1981. Cooney had a good chance against Weaver in my opinion. Mike was a very slow starter who sometimes got in trouble early in fights, while Cooney was most dangerous in the first 3-4 rounds. Gerry also had a significant height and weight advantage. I wouldn't be surprised if a fight like that ended in similar fashion to the Lyle and Norton bouts...