QUOTE(Method @ Dec 1 2008, 09:26 PM) [snapback]413637[/snapback]
Blame that mother fuck Roy Jones.
Yea, HBO and Lampley didn't show any reluctance to shake the pom poms when the legendary and incomparable Roy Jones was fighting guys like the fearsome Rick Frazier and Glen Kelly. LOL!
HBO ever since Dibella left likes to talk out of their mouth and their ass at the same time. They promise great fights, but more often than not, bend over and shit on command for the same manufactured stars over and over and over again. Now if Jones had NOT fought guys like Frazier and Kelley on HBO or Delahoya had not ripped off the public by fighting Campas on PPV, than it would be more understandable.
But yet by HBO's double standards, it's ok for Oscar and Roy to fight bums on their network, but it's not ok for Pavlik and Margarito to fight stay busy fights on the same network? So they make this fight a PPV?
Nobody knows how to market boxing anymore. If HBO won't buy it, why not make it a Wide World of Sports event, or a nice little prime time card for Fox or NBC? Pavlik and Cotto if marketed properly for a commercial network could still do well. But since no one has the sense to put this card on commercial TV, if HBO doesn't want it, the doubleheader is forced to PPV.
That's what sucks. Business and marketing strategists for boxing have to implement some sort of network balance, or several balances of commercial networks who might be willing to bid on the fights if HBO or Showtime is not interested to stop them from automatically going to PPV.
Delahoya vs. Pacquiao in prime time? Well, that will never happen in this or any other lifetime. But I think Oscar would even be a big draw against an average opponent on commercial broadcast TV. I wonder in theory how well Delahoya-Pacquiao would do on a prime time commercial TV network instead of a PPV? Consider the bad state of the economy as well in studying/answering this question:
What would happen if, even on an experimental basis, a big Superfight, destined for PPV was put on a Prime Time Commercial Network again?