QUOTE(torvix2000 @ Dec 2 2008, 05:52 PM) [snapback]413806[/snapback]
LOL on the statement - "The whole PPV event might not last 12 rounds total." . Hahaha!
You know what would be sad for the fans, but funny as well, would be a big hyped PPV with three fights and they all ended in the first round! LOL! I wonder how many people would order next time, coming off the heals of such an occurrence?
Although it wasn't a PPV, a similar incident took place when ESPN started their original Top Rank Boxing Show around 1980. They were new and promoted a card that had 9 fights on it. Arum went to the commissioners and said. "Are we going to have time to do nine fights?" I don't know how many of the bouts were televised, but in what may have been close to a historic event, every fight on the card ended in a first or second round KO! About 45 minutes in, they no longer had a show, and because they were so new, they didn't have any bonus material to show the fans. Arum apologized and the station was forced to roll the credits less than an hour into the broadcast. I believe this is discussed on ESPN's Top Rank Boxing Special, "10 and Counting."
Top Rank made it a policy and others followed soon after to fill all extra air-time with archived footage, or in the case of PPV's, sometimes they will show undercard bouts that originally did not air.
Nowadays, contractual agreements mandate that main events cannot start until a certain amount of air-time has passed. Therefore, worst case scenario, you could have 90 minutes of HBO pom-pom shacking and yakking, instead of offering some classic fights just to kill time.
That's one of the problems with PPV boxing. Shitty undercards today and the potential of paying $60 with tax for a one or two round blowout in the main event. MMA matches can be worse, as they can be over in seconds, but at least with MMA, you may still get five or six fights on a big card. Three boxing matches seems to be the norm for PPV boxing, and if the main event turns to shit on an already bad undercard, that really sucks.
Maybe to combat the high prices of PPV's, why not just charge $25 for the main event and forget the undercards? Perhaps promoters could get more subscribers with the lower price. Almost all boxing undercards today suck. I can understand $40 for four major word title fights on a six bout high quality card. As a side-note, I don't believe that ANY PPV regardless of undercard should be more than $40. However, those days are long gone.