QUOTE (wolterb @ Oct 13 2012, 11:58 AM)
1. andre ward v. kelly pavlik
andre ward has been doing nothing but fighting good competition for the past few years. I would understand if he signed on with Pavlik for a breezy paycheck. But at the same time, I wouldn't watch it and a victory wouldn't count for nothing. Pavlik does not deserve to face a quality champion like Ward nor does he deserve the beating he'd get. pavlik is washed up imo and has been
2. ricky hatton v. ANY reputable opponents (at least for a year and pry two)
i hate to dog on all of the boxers with substance abuse problems, but ricky hatton should keep all the big names out his mouth until he knows what he is still capable of against D and C grade boxers. You can't blow up in weight, go on a few year night bender and then decide to be a boxer again. I hope Hatton shows me different but I have a feeling he might have a tough "part II" of his career.
3. pacquiao v marquez 4
this is just a redundant fight. at this point, arum should organize a continent-cross-continent tour and marquez and pacquiao can fight eachother throughout the year every location they stop at. they could fight eachother about 40 times before it was all said and done. and after everytime they fight, they sign autographs. they could also have a traveling merchandise vendor that hawks out t-shirts, cups, candy bars and hats, all pacquiao/marquez paraphinilia. my point is, don't have these two guys fight for a fourth time and act like it is still an "event"...the fourth time might as well be the 40th
4. garcia v morales II
morales made garcia compete the first time, which does mean something at the age morales is. with that said, i think that
is the best morales can do now: give upncomers a lesson (but probably not a beating). worst case scenario, the veteran runs out of gas against a young gun who might make up for a lack of skills with youth and finesse. I just don't think Morales deserves to get that beating. I might be wrong though, maybe el terrible still has some cards to play I don't know about. either way, i coulda passed on seeing this rematch
5. chavez v martinez II
i hate to be dismissive and judgemental of this match made in heaven but that is what I am. the reason this fight would or could happen is the same reason that there is a 4th pacquiao marquez fight. a boxer gets all the chances in the world to redeem themselves so long as there is fan base to pay for it. chavez jr should stop thinkin about hitting martinez and instead keep to his usual of hitting the bongy
shit i'm hard pressed to think of any others I find especially meaningless...which is a good thing. So i'll call it quits early then and keep it a solid 5.
I couldn't agree more with you, on a few of these.
1. Ward/Pavlik: Im not completely on board with this one myself, but Ward does need to stay busy. Nobody else has really done shit at 168, and its obvious that Dirrell chooses friendship in this situation, but honestly, what has Dirrell even done at 68?! I believe Pavlik does still deserve to fight top opposition. He has fought a heap of no-hopers to get his name back in top contention, but Im sure we all agree that Ward was too big of a step for Kelly. If lilliputians and firefighters can give Kelly a run for his money (based off of activity), then Ward would be too much for him. His best best is to make Ward taste the canvas at least once, then he doesn't have to do anything else right for the remainder of the bout.
2. I agree about Ricky Hatton. Hopefully his popularity, fans base, and relentlessness in the ring, helps keep our minds off of critically assessing his return performance. Sadly, we're boxing fans...the most brutal fans to grace the face of this Earth. Well hell, we're at least in the top 3. Lol
3. Pac/JMM 4: I agree. They need to just go ahead and make an extended documentary with some unseen footage of the first 3 fights, and call it a day. Sadly, if JMM happens to make Manny taste the canvas, and totally fuck the eyes of us American fans who've never seen Manny on the canvas in a current bout...there will probably be a 5th fight. Lol. No, seriously though. The only thing that will hold my interest in a 4th fight, would be a delightful undercard, and of course hearing the Mexican national anthem.
4. Garcia/Morales 2: GBP did a nice gesture by taking our attention off of this uncalled for main event, by stacking the undercard and giving it to us for free...on top of the preliminaries before the actual quadruple header. The sad thing is, Morales gave Danny a run for his money in the first fight by timing him well, so if Erik happens to make Danny taste the canvas, make him look as lost at times as he did in the first fight, or possibly pull off an upset...then the glory of that Khan KO victory will catch a lot of flack. Sad, but true. You're only as good as your last fight. If Danny happens to look bad tonight, then Khan can come out of the woodwork and make excuses about the first fight, and actually get a pass for the loss.
5. Chavez/Martinez II: I agree, and you made some great points. Julio made it clear that a "puncher's chance" does still exist in the sport, and I believe that a lot of uncalled for rematches will be made, due to this. If they make Chavez/Martinez the FOTY, then more than likely, Bob will harp on that, and weasel Julio into a rematch.