|Watchdog's PPV Criteria - Joel Casamayor vs Juan Manuel Marquez
Watchdog by Steve Hudgins (Sept 13, 2008) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © HBO)
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.
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!
July 26th - PPV PRICE: $44.95
JOEL CASAMAYOR 36-3 (22) vs JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ 48-4-1 (35)
This is an interesting matchup and a pretty good one between the true lightweight champion of the world and one of the top 130 lb fighters out there. The matchup is fine, but the problem is both guys have had their share of boring fights and it wouldn't be a shock if this one turned into a bit of a snoozer. That's not a given though and both fighters have had some exciting bouts lately. If this were on HBO it would be a "don't miss" fight, but for a PPV main event, it's a gamble.
*Joel Casamayor is the Lightweight Champion of the World (135 lbs) Juan Manuel Marquez is rated # 1 at Jr Lightweight (130 lbs)*
SCORE = 4
SERGIO MORA 25-0-1 (5) vs VERNON FORREST 40-3 (29)
Their first fight turned out to be much more entertaining than most people expected with Mora outhustling Forrest down the stretch to nab the decision. If Forrest doesn't up the ante, the same scenario is likely to unfold, but I think he'll raise his game, which could provide more excitement, or possibly, make it a one-sided jab fest. Another gamble.
*Sergio Mora is rated #2 at Jr Middleweight (154 lbs) Vernon Forrest is rated #4 at Jr Middleweight (154 lbs)*
SCORE = 3
VICTOR ORTIZ 21-1-1 (16) vs ROBERTO ARRIETA 30-13-4 (13)
This is pretty much a showcase. Arrieta will likely be game, but is grossly outmatched.
*This fight is taking place at Welterweight (147 lbs) Neither fighter is rated*
SCORE = 1
JULIO CESAR GARCIA 41-3 (35) vs DANNY PEREZ 32-5 (17)
Perez is game and durable, but this fight was made in order for Garcia to look good. Probably won't be very competitive and is likely to go the distance in one-sided fashion.
*This fight is taking place at Jr Middleweight (154 lbs) Neither fighter is rated*
SCORE = 1
FINAL SCORE = 9
SUMMARY: Very risky card to invest 45 bucks in. The main event could be a bore or it could be a good one. Mora/Forrest, will probably have about the same entertainment value as their first fight and the first two bouts are mild showcase fights. Too much of a gamble on the top half and too weak of a card on the bottom half to recommend. The fact that a much better fight in Nate Campbell vs Joan Guzman is taking place opposite this card on Showtime...FOR FREE...is even further reason why to pass on this PPV.
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