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!
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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.
HERE'S HOW STEVE'S PPV CRITERIA WORKS!
6 = MEGA MATCHUP
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!
AND AWAY WE GO!
April 8th - PPV PRICE: $44.95
ZAB JUDAH 34-3 (25) vs FLOYD MAYWEATHER 35-0 (24)
This is a mismatch. Zab Judah has good hand speed, overrated power and no chin. He was slapped around in his last fight against Carlos Baldomir and Baldomir, who has all of 12 KO's in 42 wins, had Zab on queer street! Floyd Mayweather is not the biggest puncher in the world, but he has much more power than Baldomir and Floyd can probably end this fight whenever he chooses. I have a feeling he'll play it cautious and we'll be treated to 9 or 10 rounds of a safety first cautious chess match. I fully expect the crowd to start booing before this one is over. If Floyd Mayweather cannot KO Zab Judah, his stock will plummet! This is a horrid Main Event for a $44.95 pay-per-view.
*Zab Judah is rated #3 at welterweight (147lbs) - Floyd Mayweather is rated #1 at junior welterweight (140lbs)* - This fight will take place at welterweight (147lbs)
SCORE = 2
JORGE ARCE 43-3-1 (33) vs ROSENDO ALVAREZ 37-2-2 (24)
Jorge Arce is one of the hottest fighters south of featherweight at the moment and for good reason. He comes to fight and usually steals the show. Rosendo Alvarez is getting up there in age, but he has big power, an iron chin and is as tough as nails. These guys aren't too wild about each other to boot! This should be a blast and will probably be the most entertaining bout of the evening!
*Jorge Arce is rated #6 at flyweight (112lbs) - Rosendo Alvarez is rated #7 at flyweight (112lbs)*
SCORE = 4
JUAN DIAZ 28-0 (14) vs JOSE MIGUEL COTTO 27-0 (19)
Two young undefeated fighters who don't have a lot of power, and throw a lot of punches. This should be a punch fest that is likely to go the distance, which is a good thing for fight fans.
*Juan Diaz is rated #3 at lightweight (135lbs) - Jose Miguel Cotto is not rated*
SCORE = 4
JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ JR 24-0-1 (18) vs RODRIGO JUAREZ 12-3 (9)
Baby Chavez's last two fights were against Carlos Molina. The first fight was a draw and the rematch was won by Baby Chavez via majority decision. After those two close calls, it's hard to call these ‘showcase fights’ for Chavez. Yes, he probably will win and without much trouble, but it's not a given anymore. Not at the moment anyhow. Juarez has 9 KO's in 12 wins, so he does appear to have some power. However all of his 3 loses were via KO. If Juarez is game, this could be a pleasant surprise, but more likely is an easy win for Baby Chavez.
*This fight will take place at junior welterweight - Neither fighter is rated*
SCORE = 1
FINAL SCORE = 11
SUMMARY: When forking out $44.95, the LEAST a promoter can do is give you a decent main event! This main event is a joke. Zab Judah is coming off of a humiliating defeat! You don't put a fighter like that in the main event of a pay per view that has a price tag of $44.95. You just don't do it! Who cares if Mayweather beats Zab Judah? It proves nothing! He should beat him. He should beat him easy. The betting odds as I write this are more than 6-1 in favor of Floyd Mayweather! Who cares about this fight? It's absolutely meaningless. The undercard bouts are solid match-ups that could turn into some high entertainment, but undercard fights should be bonuses, NOT the main attraction. If you can get enough people over to split this PPV with you so that you are not paying more than 10 bucks, the two good undercard match-ups may make it worth it for you, but otherwise, save your money.
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