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HBO Pledged To Put on Better PPV Undercards

By Mike Coppinger

Fans complained after the horrid undercard for Manny Pacquiao-Brandon Rios. HBO admitted the supporting fights could be better going forward, and told BoxingScene.com earlier this year that fans would get a better product with the next pay per view.

"Top Rank recognizes and the fans told us with their post-fight comments on digital and social media, that the undercard is something that everyone needs to pay more attention to with these pay-per-view cards, and Top Rank takes the fan's input very seriously," HBO PPV boss Mark Taffet said. "So do we, and we expect that it will be addressed going forward.

"We heard the fans loud and clear, and it is something that we will be addressing with the promoters in 2014."

Unfortunately, boxing supporters aren't getting much better this time around, despite HBO's promise.

For $69.99 to watch Manny Pacquiao-Tim Bradley 2 in HD, fans will get three undercard fights that don't capture the imagination.

The co-feature was slated to be Ray Beltran against Rocky Martinez, but Martinez was forced to pull out with an illness. Arash Usmanee stepped in. The other two fights are who cares affairs: Bryan Vasquez against Jose Felix and Khabib Allakhverdiev versus Jessie Vargas.

HBO and Top Rank once again failed to deliver. They will get another chance to make good on their promise with the June 8 PPV event featuring Sergio Martinez and Miguel Cotto.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by -PBP- on 04-12-2014

[QUOTE=DoktorSleepless;14418556]That's interesting. Didn't think of that. The fights aren't particularly meaningful, but they they do have world title/HBO implications. Still, I'm willing to bet this will be one of the most fun PPV undercards this year.[/QUOTE] Oh yeah. I think…

Comment by Pigeons on 04-12-2014

This undercard ain't bad. Beltran-Usmanee is an all-action fight. Khabib-Vargas is interesting to me. Vasquez-Felix Jr. is a throw away fight for me.

Comment by ailicec on 04-12-2014

He said people paid to only see the main event.

Comment by LouIE G on 04-12-2014

It's with out a shadow of a doubt that showtime and gbp have the better product.., but i can say about this card tonite is ,t that it is better then garbage top rank is used to giving us..so i…

Comment by SaldanaCC on 04-12-2014

Finally this is being adressed!!!!!!!!! Showtime is killing hbo with there undercards in my opinion every co main event should be for a title of some sort or 2 highley ranked fighters seems to me only floyd undercards know how…

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