that era was fun. for starters you had prince naseem hamed, who really brought the mainstream's attention to the lower weights for the first time with his brash megalomaniacal personality, ridiculous WWE-level ring entrances and insanely unorthodox way of fighting (with huge power backing it up). meanwhile in mexico there's the emergence of two hard as fuck deadpan mexican dudes, the complete opposite of hamed's flashiness and also very different from each other; barrera an intelligent guy from the city with a wealthy background and academic qualifications and a stocky bear-like quality to him, morales this gangly rangy kid from the streets of tijuana. they absolutely hated each other and ended up fighting three times, two of them classics. marquez was emerging around that time as well, much more of a cerebral counter-puncher with brilliant technique which meant he struggled to get fights for a bit, but barrera ended up fighting him a couple of times in very good close fights. hamed was viewed as the golden goose for all these guys as he was the one making all the money, and avoided fighting any of them mayweather-style for a while before eventually coming up against barrera, getting schooled and retiring lol. and then pacquiao suddenly burst onto the scene out of nowhere like this force of nature and basically ended a couple of these guys' careers (and obviously ended up having his own big rivalry with marquez). so many great fights between these guys, and a few other absolute classics like barrera vs. mckinney, morales vs. zaragoza, hamed vs. kelley etc. if i was gonna recommend one fight to watch from the above it'd probably be the first barrera morales fight though.