The sport of boxing at the highest level professionally, prizefighting, traditionally has been built on the success of the heavyweight division.
Humanity has always gravitated towards the heavyweight division in different generations.
While the money traditionally was always at the top in boxing in this division, fighters at the lighter weights like Naseem Hamed changed that in the nineties.
However, you can go back even further.
Pertaining to still lighter guys than heavyweight, non-heavyweights on the whole, former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has made a good point on the recently passed Marvellous Marvin Hagler (rest in peace).
Speaking with Ray Leonard, Shane Mosley and Thomas Hearns, Tyson said on ‘Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson’:
“Listen, that’s the first time (Hagler and you – looking at Leonard and Hearns) that these light guys got heavyweight money. These are the first guys that did that. Ain’t nobody ever did nothing like that, no light guy getting heavyweight money and stuff, bigger than heavyweight championship fights. Nah, I learned from that. I am glad you did that because by you (both) doing that, I was able to do what I had to do. Yeah (I did pretty good). We all live off each other’s back. We obviously being trying but it happens by nature. Nature does it.”