The Watchdog: Steve’s Boxing PPV Criteria – Mayweather vs Marquez
By Steve Hudgins (Sept 19, 2009) DoghouseBoxing (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.

HERE'S HOW STEVE'S PPV CRITERIA WORKS!

POINTS:

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.

POINT SYSTEM:

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!

September 19th - PPV PRICE: $49.95

FLOYD MAYWEATHER 39-0 (25) vs JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ 50-4-1 (37)
While the names in this fight are big, I don’t think the fight will be very entertaining. Marquez is a counter puncher by nature. I can’t see him pushing the action very often. Mayweather is aware of Marquez’s counter punching strengths, so he certainly isn’t going to take many chances by exchanging with Marquez very often. I expect a very slow paced tactical battle, with Mayweather likely jabbing away at Marquez to win a comfortable and forgettable decision.

*Floyd Mayweather is coming out of retirement and is not rated – Juan Manuel Marquez is the Lightweight Champion of the World (131-135 lbs) - This bout is taking place at Welterweight (141-147 lbs)*

SCORE = 2

CHRIS JOHN 42-0-2 (22) vs ROCKY JUAREZ 28-4-1 (20)
Rocky Juarez is one of the most frustrating fighters to watch in boxing today. He doesn’t like to throw punches. He has power and a good chin and if he ever adopted a whirlwind punching strategy, you get the feeling he’d be fun to watch. However it seems as though Juarez is content to throw as few punches as necessary, which means, unless he has an opponent in front of him who is really making him fight, he’s a bore. Fortunately, Chris John made him fight in their first encounter and I see no reason to think the rematch will be any different. Chris John throws a lot of punches. If Juarez does not answer back with a lot of punches, he’ll get whitewashed. So he has no choice but to fight John as he did in their first fight, which was ruled a draw, although most people thought John won handily. If you enjoyed their first fight, I’d expect you to enjoy this one. Should be more of the same. Lots of punches and back and forth action. Hopefully the judges will get it right this time.

*Chris John is rated #1 at Featherweight (123-126 lbs) – Rocky Juarez is rated #4 at Featherweight (123-126 lbs)*

SCORE = 4

MICHAEL KATSIDIS 25-2 (21) vs VICENTE ESCOBEDO 21-1 (13)
Not long ago, Katsidis was considered one of the most entertaining fighters in all of boxing. That reputation took a hit when matched with Juan Diaz, a fight in which most people assumed could be nothing other than an absolute barn burner. But rather than bang with Diaz, Katsidis chose to box and lost a decision in a decent, but extremely forgettable contest. Escobedo has a solid amateur background and is an Olympian. However he hasn’t done much as a pro, unless you count his last two victories over the ancient Kevin Kelley and Carlos Hernandez, which I don’t. This fight really could go either way. Some people think Katsidis is too big and strong for Escobedo while others feel that Escobedo is too skilled for Katsidis. Look for Katsidis to press the action and for Escobedo to counter and attempt to keep the fight at a distance. Both fighters should have their moments, and it shouldn’t be boring. This is a pretty decent matchup for one of the early undercard bouts.

*Michael Katsidis is rated #5 at Lightweight (131-135 lbs) – Vicente Escobedo is not rated*

SCORE = 3

ORLANDO CRUZ 16-0 (7) vs CORNELIUS LOCK 18-4-1 (11)
Not a pathetic showcase, but a showcase nonetheless. Nobody expects Cruz to have much trouble, but if Lock gives it his all, there could be some competitive moments.

*This fight is taking place at Featherweight (123-126 lbs) – Neither fighter is rated*

SCORE = 1

FINAL SCORE = 10

SUMMARY: If only the Main Event promised a little more action this wouldn’t’ be bad. I suspect this is one of the reasons the promoters tried to put together a couple of decent undercard fights. That way the card isn’t a total joke if the main event turns out to be a yawner that has the audience booing by the 3rd round. Take the top 3 fights and this would be a really good triple header for HBO. But as a PPV I won’t be risking my 50 bucks.

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