Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

BoxingScene.com's Television Picks of the Week

by Cliff Rold

And now for chapter four.

With the 2012 boxing season winding down, fans get their latest installment in the epic saga of boxing’s two-headed pay-per-view monster.  Rarely if ever in the pay TV era have their been two fighters in the same class who can consistently draw what has been seen from Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather.  Pacquiao hasn’t failed to hit the one million buy mark in years.

Is the seeming lack of buzz about his fight this weekend a sign that a miss is coming?

And, hit or miss, is Pacquiao’s place as a titan hanging in the balance against the toughest riddle of his career?

These are the picks of the week.

Pick It: #1 Manny Pacquiao vs. #3 at 140 Juan Manuel Marquez (Saturday, HBO PPV, 9 PM EST/PST)          

Putting aside the atrocious abortion that was Manny Pacquiao doing Gangnam Style and officially allowing 24/7 to jump the shark, this fight has received more grief than necessary.  Sure, it would have been nice to do a fresh match but, at the end of the day, it’s still Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KO) and Marquez (54-6-1, 39 KO).  Presumably, this is it.  One would have thought as much last year but the debated nature of the verdict kept "IV" viable.  Last time boxing had a prominent four, Israel Vazquez and Rafael Marquez delivered an epilogue to a trilogy and not a chapter of its own.  Could this be something different, more akin to Bobby Chacon-Rafael Limon IV?  That might be optimistic but we know these are still two of the very best and they’ve yet to deliver less than a great night at the fights.  Aging, they fight for the championship of each other and all hope someone, anyone, can make it clear.  It hasn’t happened yet.  This series begs for a conclusion.  If it doesn’t deliver, it could be a long night with a mediocre undercard with two heavy favorite fights featuring Yuriorkis Gamboa (tell us again why not doing business with Top Rank earlier this year worked out so well?) and Javier Fortuna.  The exception is a Lightweight belt clash between titlist Miguel Vazquez (32-3, 13 KO) and undefeated Mercito Gesta (26-0-1, 14 KO).  Vazquez fights aren’t always fun but the winner here is worthy of wondering.  

For BoxingScene’s latest full divisional ratings, log on to: https://www.boxingscene.com/forums/view.php?pg=boxing-ratings

Cliff Rold is the Managing Editor of BoxingScene and a member of the Transnational Boxing Ratings Board, the Yahoo Pound for Pound voting panel, and the Boxing Writers Association of America.  He can be reached at [email protected]

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Jesus Cuellar: Gervonta Davis is Overrated; He's No Mayweather! Broner on Vargas: He Ain't Win His Fights When He Stepped Up Hearn: We Won't Let You Play With Our Balls To Overpay Wilder! BoxingScene.com's Television Picks of The Week - April 20 Max Ornelas: I'll Do Whatever it Takes To Be a World Champion Vanes Martirosyan: Canelo is a Cheater, Golovkin is a Gentleman Khan vs. Lo Greco: Bilal Rehman To Remain On Card Amir Khan: If I Lose To Lo Greco - It's All Over For Me Jessie Vargas: No One Will Care About Broner After I Beat Him Euro News: Serge Michel, Stefan Haertel, Elvis Hetemi, More Photos: Pacquiao, Matthysse - Go Face To Face in Malaysia Pacquiao Expects a "Toe To Toe" Fight With Lucas Matthysse Don King Warns That Vanes Will Bring a Real Fight To Golovkin Lamont Roach, Orlando Cruz Fight To a Ten Round Split Draw WBC Prez: Canelo's Image Can Improve, Time To Turn The Page Sullivan Barrera Wants The Winner of Kovalev-Alvarez Khan: I Hoped Canelo Would Get Longer Ban, A Few Years at Least Video: Adrien Broner Goes Bonkers on Ellerbe at Final Presser Abel Sanchez Reacts To Canelo Suspension, Sends Message To WBC Photos: Ramon Alvarez, Jorge Paez Jr - Go Face To Face Golovkin vs. Martirosyan: Huge Crowd Expected at Stubhub Photos: Gervonta Davis, Jesus Cuellar - Square Up at Barclays Photos: Jermall Charlo, Hugo Centeno - Go Face To Face Photos: Adrien Broner, Jessie Vargas - Square Up at Final Presser Broner Erupts on Mayweather Promotions CEO in Press Conference Erik Morales Believes Suspension Has Stained Image of Canelo Manny Pacquiao: Lucas Matthysse Will Not Be My Last Fight Giovani Santillan vs. Alejandro Barboza - Set For April 27 Khan: Joshua Inspiring Me To Rise Up, Sell Out Stadiums Again Zolani Tete is Eager To Clean Out The Bantamweight Division LIVE Stream: Adrien Broner vs. Jessie Vargas - Final Presser Photos: Amir Khan, Phil Lo Greco - Go Face To Face, Final Presser Amir Khan vs. Phil Lo Greco Sold-Out, Says Hearn Erickson Lubin vs. Oscar Cortes Set For April 28th in El Paso Schaefer Says Donaire vs. Frampton Fight is 'Evenly Matched' Vargas: A Big Possibility That I Can Knock Adrien Broner Out! Matthysse Warns Pacquiao: I'll Die Before I Lose My Belt To You! Hearn: If Khan Wins, He Could Fight Crawford, Spence, Brook Moses' Promoter: Beltran Lost, Biased Judges Scored for His Visa! Tommy Coyle Confident: The Dodd Fight is Made For Me
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement