QUOTE (Cshel86 @ May 19 2013, 05:34 PM)
Has anyone noticed the pattern of Golden Boy having these triple and quadruple headers on Showtime? To me, it appears that they're doing their best to pull in subscribers by putting their good eggs in one basket, and hoping for the best...is this too big of a risk?
On the other hand, Arum has been giving us "fan-friendly" fights, and I've enjoyed them. I said "fan friendly" because he's been smart about giving us the "best fights". See, Alvarado/Rios was barn-burner, but truthfully, how far Alvarado really go? I doubt if Arum can make him a star, when Rios is the complete opposite.
Alvarado/Rios was just competitive enough for Rios to look vulnerable, but also give casual fans a good show. Bradley/Provodniknov...who'da thunk? To the unqualified observer, Provodvikov was just another guy placed in front of Bradley to make him look good...but oh boy were they wrong. I already knew what to expect.
Pac/JMM 4...we all knew that we were gonna see a competitive fight there, but no one saw that KO coming. Here's where it gets interesting...Donaire/Rigondeaux and Chavez/Martinez. Hmmm...
It appears("appears" being the operative word here) that when Arum gives us THESE types of fights, he's usually doing it to keep his "so I think I'm a star" fighters honest. Let's be real here, Donaire tried to jump ship waaay back in 2011, but he ended up staying. How many hard fights has he has since then? He's has some "bumps & bruises" fights since then, but the Rigondeaux fight was one that he knew would have the most trouble with. Now Donaire has been kept honest.
Chavez ALSO tried to "step up to get beat down" when he got in a funk with Arum last summer about his contract, but lo and behold, he got the Andy Lee fight, THEN Bob served him up with the Martinez fight. Of course Arum bought him a big crib, but he also allowed that ass-whoopin' to happen.
Anybody notice a trend here? GBP is "giving us what he want while wearing their fighters down, while Arum simply shuffles his cards a bit and gets his fighters in check from time to time...while giving us what we want.
Arum's fighters mostly are out the door with the Exception of Donaire, Rigondeaux, Bradley and Chavez Jr. Martinez is getting old and showed it, Rios will not last long because the punishment he takes. Mile High Mike has 0 star power and Arum hate Bradley and has done nothing for Rigondeaux's career. Chavez Jr. is nothing more than a good " your dad should of pulled out" joke. Chavez Jr. is a star but his boxing skills and work ethic suck and that will equal more Ls on his career. Bradley can not get the respect of the public and Pacquiao is still chasing his rabbit.
GBP has a young deep stable of fighters and to be honest they are doing a fine job at entertaining. HBO is like the Lakers, lots of stars but old as hell, and Showtime and GBP are like Miami Heat (sorry Chi and Cshels) they have a mega star, stars, and up and comers. So they can shuffle that deck any how the please. It works.