Watchdog's PPV Boxing Criteria – Oscar De La Hoya vs Manny Pacquiao
Watchdog by Steve Hudgins (Dec 6, 2008) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © Laura De La Torre)  
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!

December 6th - PPV PRICE: $54.95

OSCAR DE LA HOYA 39-5 (30) vs MANNY PACQUIAO 47-3-2 (35)
I’m a big fan of Manny Pacquiao and I’ll be pulling for him on Saturday night, but this is a mismatch. Pacquiao’s style simply isn’t suited for bigger, stronger opponents. He is at his best when he is coming forward, applying his will on the other fighter, which he is just too small to do against De La Hoya. He’ll have to adjust his style and try to box and use his speed, but c’mon, does anyone really think he can outbox De La Hoya? Also, while Pacquiao has a good chin at 126, 130 and probably 135, it’s never been a great chin. Oscar Larios, a 122lb fighter who is NOT known for his power had Pacquiao hurt. And Pacquiao is not the hardest guy in the world to hit. To me all of this adds up to De La Hoya being able to stop this fight whenever he chooses. People who are buying into the promoters hype, thinking this is going to be something special, I feel are in for a major disappointment. I’d like to be wrong here and see Pacquiao go down in history with a monumental upset, but I can’t even begin to see a way that can happen.

*Oscar De La Hoya is rated #3 at junior middleweight (148-154 lbs) – Manny Pacquiao is rated #2 at lightweight (131-135 lbs) – This fight is taking place at welterweight (141-147 lbs)*

SCORE = 2

VICTOR ORTIZ 22-1-1 (17) vs JEFFREY RESTO 22-2 (13)
Hot prospect Victor Ortiz takes on Jeffery Resto. Resto was a hot prospect at one time himself, but back to back losses shelved that thinking. Resto is on a five fight winning streak, but this is pretty much a showcase for Ortiz who looks to be a solid welterweight contender.

*This bout is taking place at welterweight (141-147 lbs) – Neither fighter is rated*

SCORE = 2

JUAN MANUEL LOPEZ 23-0 (21) vs SERGIO MANUEL MEDINA 33-1 (18)
One of the best looking young fighters in the sport, junior featherweight Juan Manuel Lopez, will make an appearance on the undercard. He has a blinding right hook which accounts for his handsome KO record. Medina is a respected opponent who has won five in a row since losing a comfortable decision to Rey Bautista, a then undefeated hot prospect, who has since lost two fights, one a devastating first round KO to Daniel Ponce De Leon, the other a wide decision loss to journeyman Heriberto Ruiz. This certainly takes some of the luster off of the matchup. Lopez should have no problems here; the real question is if he can score a KO over the once beaten veteran.

*Juan Manuel Lopez is rated # 3 at junior featherweight (119-122 lbs) – Sergio Manuel Medina is rated # 5 at junior featherweight (119-122 lbs)*

SCORE = 2

DANNY GARCIA 9-0 (7) vs JOSE ALFREDO LUGO 10-5-1 (5)
Pure showcase for Garcia. His opponent Jose Alfredo Lugo has only one victory in his last six fights and that one victory is against a guy whose record was 1-18. Need I say more?

*This bout is taking place at junior lightweight (127-130 lbs) – Neither fighter is rated*

SCORE = 1

FINAL SCORE = 7

SUMMARY:
Promoter-hyped mismatch main event with no undercard to back it up. Plus a 55 dollar PPV price tag to boot. Pass.

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