“In terms of the build up to this fight, you are seen by many, as an appetizer for him (Pacquiao) to fight Floyd Mayweather.” – Max Kellerman
The HBO Face Off for Manny Pacquiao (53-3-2) vs. Juan Manuel Marquez (53-5-1) was edited and filmed in a very interesting new fashion: it was more of a review session rather than a real face off. Despite the fact that it was interesting and entertaining to watch, it offered no in depth opinion of either fighter’s outlook on their upcoming fight was well as each other.
Conversation between the two fighters never occurred, stripping the show of its main purpose, which is to see what the two have to say about each other. It was clever of the show to invite the two respective trainers, and would have been epic if the trainers had an opportunity to critique each other and their fighters.
The show took a look at their previous two bouts, and Kellerman asked Manny and Juan to stand up and explain how the knockdowns in their fights occurred and why. Freddie Roach also took a minute to explain why Manny was hit and how they will avoid it on November 12.
Both fighters seemed relaxed and confident, but unfortunately barely spoke. Of course the language barrier was there, but so was an interpreter for Marquez.
If you ask me, this was not a very informative episode, thus HBO should avoid this kind of set-up in the future.