QUOTE (gravytrain @ May 10 2011, 08:58 PM)
i don't know about that, casual fans i know tell me they don't order PPVs anymore because they got disappointed with one. you can get a shitty undercard where the fighters got picked just because they're promoted by the promoters handling the PPV and then the main event can turn out to be a sparring session. with something like the UFC they'll probably at least get 1 good fight if not multiple fights with enough action to keep them interested. i can't blame someone with no interest in boxing other than entertainment not buying anymore cards after they order some boring ass card that gets hyped as the card of the century.
In rare cases, you will get a decent undercard like with Maidana-Morales, we had Guerrero-Katsidis as the main supporter. However, Maidana-Morales was a fluke of a great fight. It was supposed to be a mismatch going in, and of course there was Arce-Vasquez, as Pacquiao-Mosley's undercard. A classic war that saved a death bed main event. The problem is, the cost is too high for PPV, and it is still the main event as the reason why people are there. Pacquiao-Mosley had no business as a PPV. Pacquiao-Mosley had no business happening anyway. HBO or Showtime could have done a regular Saturday night fight on their premium channels by showing Arce-Vasquez as the one fight and people would have been thrilled.
In contrast, when you package a PPV main event with a star against a has-been, maybe this kind of sparring session shit is the thing that will make people more leery of purchasing PPV in the future. I wonder what Showtime thinks about all this and CBS? They moved away from PPV after Corrales-Castillo II's low buy rate. Maybe it's time they forfeit the PPV model once again. People just can't afford to get ripped off anymore at $60 a shot.