With all the rumblings of a Super fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, I started thinking of some interesting undercards for arguably the biggest fight of the century.
Since seeing Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield on Oprah, and knowing both of their careers are practically over, I thought it would be really entertaining to see them on the undercard to a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight.
No one in their right mind should want to see that type of fight on it's own merit, but I thought it would be great to see while you are sipping brew and eating chips and dip with your congregation.
I can't help but notice how the undercards are increasingly disinteresting, and no one who paid to see the fight live or on television sits through them.
Am I alone in wanting to see more than one fight for $60 on PPV??
These side show fights although humorous to most (including myself), would be great to watch.
I remember watching Roy Jones Jr. fight on the YES network, asking "Why couldn't this have been an undercard on a major ticket?
I know the undercards are supposed to be for up and coming fighters to get exposed to the big crowd, but truth be told, only boxing purest are watching. The seats are empty until Michael Buffer serenades the crowd with that million dollar trademark.
So I ask YOU, the fan, what matchup would you like to see that would hold your attention?
Serious contenders on the rise like Andre Berto, Paul Williams, and others are excluded. This would not make sense at all.
So I came up with other scenarios of fighters who would be great for each other, and are in, or past the twilight of their career.
How about Zab Judah versus Fernando Vargas?
Zab seems to hold NYC's attention win, lose, or draw. Vargas will attract the Mexican-American faithful who once thought he was the Golden Child. It would make for great entertainment. Even a Trindad-Vargas 2 would be intriguing,, but we wouldn't want to ruin a classic.
Ricardo Mayorga versus Antonio Margarito?
With all the controversy surrounding Margarito's handwraps it's obvious he has little to no chance to get on the main stage again. He would have to pay his debt to society by taking on brawlers for a little bit of money. Mayorga is always entertaining, I still can't get over him smoking and eating chicken at his weigh in. This would be action packed and set the table for the most anticipated fight of the century.
Edison Miranda versus Jermain Taylor?
After seeing Jermain suffer that devastating loss to Arthur Abraham, I feel he's back to undercard status now. Kelly Pavlik gave him a brain rattling loss as well, and I am sad to see him have to continue in the Super Six. His career may definitely not come out alive. Miranda is also someone who lost to Abraham in a very exciting fight in which Miranda broke Abraham's jaw early. I couldn't help but link these two together.
With PPV being $54.99, and in the case of a Hatton-Pacquiao where we only got to see five Minutes of fighting, that charge would average out to about 10 dollars a minute (because I didn't watch the undercard).
I wouldn't mind paying $59.99 to see one of these type of fights be added to the mix in exchange for whatever they were thinking to add to the line up. That extra $5 should be more than enough to cover the tab of the fighters. Especially if there are two million buys on PPV, which I think is a reality if fight fans across the world had undercards like this to watch.