Pacquiao vs. Marquez: 5 Reasons Not to Watch the Rematch
Pacquiao vs. Marquez 4 is being sold to boxing fans as a pivotal event in the sport's history. After three controversial endings and decisions (seven points separated the two in the past two matches, while the first ended in a draw), there is good reason to consider this an elite match.
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But there's also the possibility that you have a life. You may have a family to be concerned with, or friends who demand your attention, neither of which have any desire to watch a boxing match that has been slightly played out.
There are probably a million reasons not to watch this fight, but here are the top five.
5. Big UFC Fights This Weekend at Roughly Same Time
While Pacquiao vs. Marquez 4 is slated for a 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT start, UFC on Fox 5: Henderson vs. Diaz begins a whole hour earlier, which, of course, is beneficial for those in the Eastern or Central time zones.
It is also probably true that UFC has captured the imagination of fans over boxing in the past five years or more.
The result, of course, is that many will be tuning in for glorified Roman battles than your grandfather's fighting.
4. The Heisman Trophy Celebration
Because I am personally not a fan of fighting, no matter the exact genre, I am trying to dissuade you away from it. I also think in this season, the next four reasons hold greater weight than substituting UFC for boxing.
Anyhow, it may seem like a bit of a lame excuse, but if you're reading Bleacher Report for this sort of thing, you probably enjoy sports and banter and will go to great lengths to eat it up as much as you can.
For that reason, watching the Heisman Trophy ceremony is not quite the stretch that it sounds. Perhaps your favorite among "Johnny Football," Colin Klein and Manti Te'o will win the award and you'll simply feel like celebrating the rest of the night.
Perhaps you're the ultimate football junkie and you only care about its happenings and no others in sports. Perhaps you want to watch the event which begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, and when it's over at 9, retire to bed in order to prepare for Sunday's full tilt of NFL action.
Whatever your motivation for watching the Heisman presentation, it will reward you more than watching Pacquiao vs. Marquez.
3. Full Slate of Basketball
As is just about always the case in December (though not last year because of some silly lockout), the NBA throws out a rather full slate of action on Saturday night. If you have NBA League Pass, NBA TV or just want to watch your favorite local team, there promises to be a game for you.
The New Orleans Hornets travel to Miami to take on the Heat on NBA TV at 7:30 p.m. ET. Boston and Philadelphia battle in a rematch of last year's somewhat thrilling, somewhat exhausting Eastern Conference Semifinals. The currently 12-4 Knicks take on the Bulls on WGN in what promises to be an exciting game.
Hawks-Grizzlies also figures to be a fun contest. And the Kings and Trail Blazers round out the second half of NBA TV's doubleheader at 10 PM ET, if you're really just an NBA addict.
There's also a full slate of college basketball throughout the day on Saturday. The best game of the day figures to come on at 10 PM ET, though, as two underrated teams coming into the season, No. 13 Illinois and No. 10 Gonzaga, face off in what promises to be a fierce battle from start to finish.
Perhaps you want to mix and match some college basketball and NBA throughout the day. There are plenty of possibilities. No matter how you handle it, there is more than enough basketball to keep you from subjecting yourself to watching two old guys beat on each other for no good reason.
2. You Had a Pretty Nice Little Saturday, or You Have a Nice Sunday Planned
Maybe you're like Frank "The Tank" and had a nice little Saturday of picking out wallpaper and other accessories at Home Depot. Oh and you managed to get to Bed, Bath and Beyond.
And it all tuckered you out so that all you want to do is curl up by the fire and drink some hot cocoa, which is how I prefer to spend my evenings if at all possible.
Or perhaps Sunday is the day you're going to go to church (of course) and then go to lunch, followed by some shopping for family Christmas presents. The thought of staying up late to watch the fourth version of a fight that has been done to death is more overwhelming than your pretty nice little [Sunday].
Whatever the case, watching the fight clearly isn't in the cards for you.
1. You Need to Be at Your Company's, or Friend's or Families' Holiday Party
'Tis the season for Christmas parties, or holiday parties, depending on which December holiday(s) you and yours celebrate.
If you read me regularly, I'm going to assume you don't have a job, but you may have a friend or family who is throwing such a party that you simply cannot miss. Doing so would cause some awkwardness and stress on your relationship.
Of course, you may not read me regularly, and thus, it's possible you do actually have a job. For you, this is probably the weekend your company is holding its annual Christmas/holiday party.
As much as you don't want to go, when reading this list, you realize it's better than any of the other options laid out, especially watching Pacquiao vs. Marquez 4, which has been overdone and is now brittle in terms of excitement.
Going to your company Christmas party sure beats watching two over-the-hill fighters scrape and swing and miss, especially if you have to pay $70 to watch them do so.
Maybe you're going to ignore my advice and watch the fight anyway. It's OK; I won't rat you out. Good riddance, and Happy Holidays/Merry Christmas and may you rest in peace on Saturday night (but awake Sunday morning) knowing you missed out on so many other great opportunities.
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