First off, what's wrong with catchweight? Welterweight is officially at 141-147 pounds. 144 lbs. or any number, including, and between 141 and 147 lbs. is STILL Welterweight. If people are going to be too "technical" about this, then all weigh-ins should be done right before the fight. Just right before the fighters go inside the ring.
Second; 3 catchweight fights, even if they are title fights, do not merit Pacquiao to be branded as a catchweight king in such a bad light. Cotto and Margarito fought Pacquiao at a catchweight of 145 lbs. and 150 lbs. (151?) respectively, but they both outweighed him SIGNIFICANTLY during the fight. Margarito was 17 lbs. heavier than Pacquiao during the fight, for crying out loud! That's two divisions heavier.
Third; MP-JMM III was at a catchweight of 144 to accomodate Marquez's supposedly "lighter" weight since he is the current Lightweight champion. In the weigh-ins, Pacquiao weighed 143 and Marquez 142. The catchweight limit wasn't even reached by both. Come fight night, Marquez actually weighed more at 150 lbs. compared to Pacquiao's 148lbs.
If MP-JMM IV will be at catchweight again, it wouldn't matter. As both fighters will virtually weigh the same during the fight night.
Catchweight or not, I'm already excited about this fight.
Thumbs up! Dami kasing maarte dito, kesyo catchweight is not "the real" weight. Yung mga mahilig magreklamo tungkol sa catchweight, please send your petition to the boxing commissions to put a division on every weight and not a range of weight like 141-147 lbs. 141, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146 147 each should have it's own division. Para wala ng masabe mga reklamador dito. And great fights like Chavez Jr. v Martinez and Ward v Dawson shouldn't happen because someone has to move up or down. Catchweight, pft.