Inspired by the thread on the late champ by The Morlocks, let’s suppose Sal Sanchez had lived and, furthermore, elected to move up in weight. He certainly seemed to have the frame to do it — a long (for a featherweight) 5-foot-6 with a 68-inch reach. I think there was some belief that he was starting to struggle to make 127 — we didn’t know at the time of his last fight that Azumah Nelson was going to become what he would later become, so blaming that tough go on the rigors of making weight would have made sense at that time. I don’t think a unification with Eusebio Pedroza was ever in the offing. Not enough money to make it attractive enough for either to make the fight. So I figure by some point in 1983 Sanchez moves up to 130. And he probably tops out (at least as a championship-level guy) at lightweight. My figuring is he goes to 130 early in 1983, where he might be able to challenge Bobby Chacon. Next would be a bigger-money fight with Hector Camacho. If he gets through those two, he probably is enticed to move up to 135 to face Ray Mancini in a PPV-level bout. I’m not 100 percent sure that he can hold off the naturally bigger, stronger Boom Boom, but if he does he probably isn’t able to hold onto that belt for too long. Maybe he stays around and gets a crack at the IBF title and beats a Jimmy Paul or a Greg Haugen ... then loses to Camacho in a rematch or perhaps Edwin Rosario to end his days as a champion. What do you think?