By Frank Warren
IT IS every boxer's dream to fight for a world title.
But in recent months we've seen too many turn up for a pay-day and turn in some awful performances.
Audley Harrison hardly threw a punch and Paul McCloskey disappointed in big pay-per-view fights with a world title at stake.
And, last Saturday, Shane Mosley clearly just went through the motions against Manny Pacquiao.
I thought Pacquiao would win in Vegas, but I didn't expect Mosley to be a no-show.
It's difficult for any fighter, even the Pacman, when the other guy doesn't come to fight but merely to survive.
Thankfully, there was a decent undercard featuring Jorge Arce against Wilfredo Vazquez which turned out to be a good fight. So at least there was some value for money for US pay-per-view punters.
Pacquiao-Mosley was a pay-per-view box office smash with estimates at a minimum of 1.2million buyers. Mosley had a responsibility to those fans but at 39 years of age I suppose he was content to cop his money and run.
Next up for the Pacman? Juan Manuel Marquez is the name being mentioned for a third time against Manny. Now he will come to fight.
Although he didn't look good when he fought Floyd Mayweather, Marquez has come back with wins over Juan Diaz and Michael Katsidis.
The Pacman will be out again in November. But the truth is it's a real shame it won't be against Mayweather.
And one thing's for sure... it won't be boring next week at the O2 Arena.
There are sure to be fireworks when Nathan Cleverly takes on Jurgen Braehmer, and James DeGale meets George Groves.
Those fights will all be about pride, heart and desire.
And I had some really good news this week that the O2 show will be screened live in the States by Epix, a fledging channel that has only been going a couple of years.
It is really great news for boxing that more TV companies are getting involved in the sport.
Haye's off the record
DAVID HAYE says that Wladimir Klitschko has only fought bums.
But look at his record and he's been in with far better heavyweights than Haye.
Monte Barrett and John Ruiz had seen better days, Nikolay Valuev was limited and Audley? Let's not even go there.
I'm really looking forward to this one!
Khan camp can't bash Bradley
TALK from the Amir Khan camp that Timothy Bradley is running scared is nonsense.
As usual it's all about money. HBO guaranteed Bradley $1.2million for his next fight, yet he was offered $1.3m to fight Khan.
Why would he put his two belts on the line against Khan just for an extra $100,000?
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