Watchdog's PPV Boxing Criteria – Kelly Pavlik, Miguel Cotto Doubleheader
Watchdog by Steve Hudgins (Feb 21, 2009) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © German Villasenor)  
I don't think any one fight can be made in boxing today, that alone, is worth the price of a PPV. Unless
of course, they can conjure up Dempsey vs Marciano or Joe Louis, but until that day comes, I want some quantity to go along with quality!

I say, if they want us to shell out 30, 40 sometimes 50 bucks per PPV, they should give us some bang for our buck! The card should be solid from top to bottom! Or at least it should be so top heavy with
excellent fights that they can get away with a showcase fight to kick off the festivities, but these 2 or 3 showcase fights and 1 decent to mega main event PPV's are for the birds! (My apologies to any of the birds I may have offended with that statement.)

So here is my System. I preview and rate every fight that is scheduled to be televised on a PPV Boxing Card, and try to determine whether that card is worth purchasing or not based on my point system below.

Please note that at the end of each preview, I will mention what weight class the bout is being fought at and where each fighter ranks within that weight class. This is done by using "The Ring" ratings.



5 = Excellent Matchup
4 = Good Matchup
3 = Decent Matchup
2 = OK Matchup
1 = Bad Matchup

If a fight is scheduled to be televised on the card, it gets at least 1 point. This helps to reward quantity.


14 or higher = GET IT!

13 = If you can find someone to split it with you or the
price of the PPV is 24.99 or less, GET IT!

12 = If you can find someone to split it with you or the
price of the PPV is 19.99 or less CONSIDER getting it.

11 = If you can find a place that is showing it, or
get enough people over to split it with you, so that
you are not paying more than 10 dollars for the card,
CONSIDER getting it.

10 or under = Save your money and sleep well at night
knowing you didn't get ripped off!


February 21st - PPV PRICE: 44.95

KELLY PAVLIK (34-1 30 KO’s) vs MARCO ANTONIO RUBIO (43-4-1 37 KO’s) – All that buzz surrounding Kelly Pavlik has vanished after he was schooled in has last fight against the ageless wonder Bernard Hopkins. Rubio, is a hard hitter who I think can hurt Pavlik, but still, this is a fight that Pavlik should win with very little problem and should look good doing it.

*Kelley Pavlik is the Middleweight Champion of the World (155-160 lbs) – Marco Antonio Rubio is rated # 8 at Middleweight (155-160 lbs)*


MIGUEL COTTO (32-1 26 KO’s) vs MICHAEL JENNINGS (32-1 14 KO’s): How will Cotto respond after his first loss? Most likely with a very easy win against, pretty much a no name opponent. Does anybody really care about this fight at all? Seriously?

*Miguel Cotto is rated #2 at Welterweight (141-147 lbs) – Michael Jennings is not rated*


JUAN MANUEL LOPEZ (25-0 17 KO’s) vs SERGIO MANUEL MEDINA (37-8 21 KO’s): Duddy, an Irish brawler vs Vanda should be a bit of a war and should be the most competitive and entertaining fight on the card, but it’s still a “who cares” fight.

*This fight is taking place at Super Middleweight (161-168 lbs) Neither fighter is rated*



SUMMARY: Anthony Peterson vs Edner Cherry was also scheduled to be on this PPV, but the fight was canceled due to a Peterson injury. So far I have not heard if there will be a 4th fight on the PPV card or not, but does it really matter? What a joke.

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