Watchdog's PPV Criteria: Manny Pacquiao vs Juan Manuel Marquez II
Watchdog by Steve Hudgins (March 15, 2008) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © HBO-PPV)  
The purpose, 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'S 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!


January 19th - PPV PRICE: $49.95

MANNY PACQUIAO 45-3-2 (35) vs JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ 48-3-1 (35)
Their first fight was a dandy. Pacquiao has gotten better since then and Marquez has been on quite a roll himself. Marquez is a counter puncher who likes to wait for his opponents to make the first move. He sure shouldn’t have to be waiting long as Pacquiao is a relentless fighting machine. This is the sort of matchup that should bring the best out of both fighters.

*Manny Pacquiao is rated # 1 at Jr Lightweight (130 lbs) – Manuel Marquez is rated # 2 at Jr Lightweight (130 lbs)*


Terdsak is best known for a game effort against J.M. Marquez a couple years back. He’s a strong, but limited fighter who should take the fight to Luevano. An upset it unlikely, but the first half of the fight might turn out to be decent. I would expect Luevano to pull away after that.

*Steve Luevano is rated # 6 at Featherweight (126 lbs) – Terdsak Jandaeng is not rated*


ABNER MARES 15-0 (9) vs DIOSDADO GABI 30-3-1 (21)
Boxer vs Puncher. Look for Gabi to go right after the talented young Mares. I expect this to be a fairly decent fight and I scored it as such.

*This fight is taking place at Bantamweight (118 lbs) – Neither fighter is rated*


DAVID DIAZ 33-1-1 (17) vs RAMON MONTANO 15-4-2 (1)
Showcase for David Diaz who hopes to secure a fight against the Pacquiao/Marquez winner this summer.

*David Diaz is rated # 2 at Lightweight (135 lbs) – Ramon Montano is not rated*



SUMMARY: Mega main event for a change, but unfortunately the undercard is on the weak side. Still, if you can get a few people to split the bill with you the main event should be a pleasing fight to watch and maybe 1 or 2 of the undercard bouts will turn out to be pleasant surprises.

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