What we want from '08

We all know 2007 was an outstanding year for boxing. Here are some wishes for 2008:

&#8226; For Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao to give us the barnburner we all expect in their rematch.

&#8226; Ditto for Israel Vazquez and Rafael Marquez in their rubber match.

&#8226; For a heavyweight fight that more than just "fight freaks" can get pumped up for, which means preferably a big, strong, American foil for Wladimir Klitschko.

&#8226; For Showtime to get in the game for real instead of just pretending.

&#8226; For HBO to keep it up.

&#8226; For Floyd Mayweather Jr. to stop announcing retirements, forget about MMA and fight Miguel Cotto.

&#8226; For Ricky Hatton fans to learn a new song and some respect.

&#8226; For Bernard Hopkins to be in an entertaining fight again.

&#8226; For the Top Rank-Golden Boy peace to last.

&#8226; For Oscar De La Hoya to go out with a victory.

&#8226; For people to stop asking me what I think about mixed martial arts (It's fine! If you like it, cool. I have nothing against it. Just not my cup of tea).

&#8226; Peace for Mike Tyson.

&#8226; For 1984 Olympic teammates Evander Holyfield and Virgil Hill to stop taking punches.

&#8226; More of Jorge Linares, Kelly Pavlik, Michael Katsidis, Victor Ortiz, Andy Lee, Devon Alexander and Joel "Love Child" Julio.

&#8226; Less pay-per-view.

&#8226; Another entertaining season of "The Contender."

&#8226; The right fight so HBO will green-light another edition of "24/7" (my recommendation is Hopkins-Joe Calzaghe).

&#8226; For fans to continue to rebel against the evil sanctioning organizations, which don't really care about fans or fighters, only playing favorites and padding their bank accounts.

&#8226; For Kendall Holt to get the rematch he deserves against Ricardo Torres.

&#8226; For a television outlet in the United States to regularly carry the many excellent fights that take place overseas, even if they are on tape-delay.

&#8226; For promoter Artie Pelullo to find another big star to replace Acelino "Popo" Freitas and Hatton.

&#8226; For Don King to promote fights and fighters instead of himself all of the time.

&#8226; For Juan Diaz and manager Willie Savannah to be happy with their next promoter.

&#8226; For Top Rank's Bob Arum to relax a little.

&#8226; For Steve Cunningham to have a title bout in the United States for a change.

&#8226; For Vernon Forrest's arm to hold up. Ditto for Jeff Lacy's.

&#8226; For Jorge Arce and Martin Castillo to finally fight each other.

&#8226; For Chris Byrd to call it a day and become a great trainer.

&#8226; For Main Events to get back on track before it has nothing left.

&#8226; For Roger Mayweather to get his own reality series.

&#8226; For promoter Dan Goossen to finally get himself a heavyweight who doesn't break his heart.

&#8226; For those two judges to apologize for robbing Jose Armando Santa Cruz of the decision against Joel Casamayor.

&#8226; For Ivan "Iron Boy" Calderon to get the recognition he deserves as the best pure boxer in the game.

&#8226; For Showtime's Steve Farhood to keep taking Nick Charles and the rest of us "ShoBox" fans behind the numbers.

&#8226; For promoter Lou DiBella to take a deep breath instead of blowing his stack 50 times a day.

&#8226; A 900th world title fight for Col. Bob Sheridan to broadcast.

&#8226; For Murad Muhammad to stay under his rock.

&#8226; For Seminole Warriors Boxing's Leon Margules to bring more big fights to the arena at the beautiful Hard Rock resort in Hollywood, Fla.

&#8226; For Oleg Maskaev to finally step into the ring with Samuel Peter so we can all get on with our lives.

&#8226; Good health for featherweight titleholder Robert Guerrero's ill wife.

&#8226; For Winky Wright to find an opponent.

&#8226; For Zab Judah to make sure he pays his taxes.

&#8226; For Shane Mosley to remain the classiest fighter in the game.

&#8226; For Roy Jones to stop talking about Roy Jones in the third-person.

&#8226; For Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. to fight somewhere other than pay-per-view.

&#8226; For rock-throwing Daniel Ponce De Leon to keep knocking guys out.

&#8226; For Allan Green to live up to his potential.

&#8226; For Alexander Povetkin to live up to the hype.

&#8226; For Sergio Mora to realize just how badly he messed up his career in 2007.

&#8226; For the United States to bring home some boxing gold from Beijing and for those matches not to be buried on cable.

&#8226; For Vitali Klitschko to actually make it into the ring.

&#8226; For Paulie Malignaggi to get a big fight.

&#8226; For Antonio Tarver to fight an opponent with a pulse.

&#8226; For Tony Thompson, Darnell "Ding-A-Ling Man" Wilson, Roman Karmazin, Giovanni Segura and Nate Campbell to get title shots.

&#8226; For Paul Williams to not be ducked by the top welterweights.

&#8226; For Edwin Valero to get a license to box in the United States.

&#8226; For American fight fans to get a chance to see Arthur Abraham, David Haye, Steve Molitor and Alex Arthur.

&#8226; For peace on Earth, but not inside the ring.

Happy New Year.