Thursday, August 20, 2009

What the Fans want to see!

By James Dayap

Two very anticipated megafights are on their way, Mayweather Vs. Marquez for September, and Pacquiao Vs. Cotto for November. By far, it's obvious that the Pacquiao fight is selling far more tickets than the Mayweather fight. Pacquiao is the higher draw now, and Mayweather must accept that. Many true boxing fans will buy both PPV fights, or actually see the fights live, but several people who aren't even boxing fans, will be watching the Pacquiao fight.

Watching the ups and downs of the world of boxing, I've seen fans leave and go. The irrigation of the heavyweight division left fight fans looking for something spectacular. Boxing is a sport, yes, but it also is a form of entertainment. As humans we are entertained by the physical and mental limits of the human body. My point is that Floyd Mayweather Jr. is not that entertaining of a boxer, and he tries to make up for that outside of the ring with his antics. Manny Pacquiao on the other hand is a very entertaining boxer, never a dull moment in the ring for him, and his actions outside of the ring are well payed attention too, making him the higher draw in boxing.

True boxing fans may find it boring to see the tactical war of Mayweather and Marquez. Two counterpunchers who spend time learning each other. There is no doubt there will be clashing, but that wont be until round 10 or so, when both fighters are unsure how far they are on the score cards. Marquez and Mayweather both operate well on the backpedal, so it will be a coin in the air who will apply pressure.

Pacquiao and Cotto will be an all our war. From the beginning, Pacquiao doesn't waste his time and will apply his gameplan. Pacquiao himself has become quite the ring tactician, a long with his strong ability to fight. Cotto will be one of the toughest opponents Pacquiao has ever faced, but is likely to get cut hard and early on.

Pacquiao Vs Cotto - Packed MGM Grand, high PPV sales.
Mayweather Vs Marquez - Quite a Few Empty Seats MGM Grand, Low PPV, Boycotted, other free streaming sources)

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