We are all aware that Mosley-Pacquiao will be on Showtime and not HBO. No one really expected this to happen, but it's part of the business and sometimes you have to sacrifice for change.
Mosley-Pacquiao switching to Showtime may be a positive thing for the sport—boxing needs something new and this may be it. However, I'm not going to lie that I am a little disappointed that legendary ring announcer Michael Buffer will not be announcing the fight on May 7th.
For some of you it may not make a difference, but for those who are used to having Michael Buffer in the big fights, it is kind of a big deal.
That famous line, "Let's Get Ready To Ruuuumbllllleee!" will sadly be on vacation May 7th. It is true that Mr. Buffer is only in the ring for a few minutes, but believe me—those few minutes make a huge difference.
If you don't believe me, go to an HBO Boxing event and try to tell me that it doesn't make a difference after the fight. Those few minutes makes the fans nervous, excited, pumped, ready, happy, hyper...and the list goes on.
It's incredibly insane how Michael Buffer's famous line gets the crowd so pumped and excited in a couple of seconds.
Believe it or not, for many in the live audiences, among their favorite parts is the "Let's Get Ready To Rumble" part. It's surreal how loud it gets and the atmosphere is just great. Michael Buffer is a legend. He was the ring announcer in the movie 2012 for a good reason.
I also believe no ring announcer can announce the name Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao better than Michael Buffer. But I guess it doesn't matter anymore, since a different ring announcer will be announcing the fight on May 7th and who knows if Mosely-Pacquiao will stay on Showtime?
I guess we can't do anything about it, I'll just have to record the "Let's Get Ready To Rumble!" part and play it on my iPod when the ring announcer says, "It's Showtime!"
Other than Michael Buffer not being the ring announcer, I have no problem with Mosley-Pacquiao being on Showtime.
The announcers know their boxing and bring up good points throughout the commentary. And Bob Arum is also planning on making a similar show to HBO's 24/7 for the Mosley-Pacquiao event, which will be televised on CBS.