Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley Fight and the Biggest Gimmicks in Sports
If you're a diehard Manny Pacquiao fan, you'll watch his next fight with Shane Mosley no matter what.
But if you're just a regular sports fan, or someone who used to like boxing, you're probably sitting there thinking, "Are you serious? Do you really expect me to pay for this?"
You may feel like you're being hustled, sold a bill of goods and promised an epic fight that, in reality, just doesn't seem realistic.
It feels like a gimmick: A pound-for-pound champ, who's won 13 straight fights, being tested by a 39-year-old opponent who is 0-1-1 in his last two fights.
This isn't the first time sports fans have been force fed stuff like this, but is it the worst?
Here are the top 25 biggest gimmicks in sports:
Boxing's had tons of horrible mismatches before, so this really isn't shocking. Yes, Shane Mosley could possibly pull off an upset—which would be right up with Evander Holyfield's first win over Mike Tyson—but it's hard to believe that after his performance against Sergio Mora.
24. Kerry Wood Being the Next Great Phenom
Surely you saw it too when Wood emerged as an apparent superstar back in 1998. In just his fifth major league start, Wood tied a major league record with 20 strikeouts and finishing with a one-hitter in the Cubs' 2-0 victory over the Houston Astros. Injuries followed, however, and Wood was never the same.
He has since carved out a career as a respectable reliever for various teams, most recently with the Yankees.
23. Michelle Wie
Wie bursted onto the scene while still in high school and was even allowed some exemptions to play at PGA events. That was a colossal disaster, and so far, Wie has won just two events since joining the LPGA Tour in 2009.
Wie is still very young and has a ton of promise. No need to be too hard on her, but it's absurd that she was even allowed to play in PGA events when she needed to show she could succeed first against the best female golfers.
22. Anna Kournikova
Those who ever thought Kournikova was a serious threat to win multiple titles probably also think "Jersey Shore" is quality TV programming.
21. Dennis Rodman's Marriage to Carmen Electra
First thing that went through my mind, "Wow, they must have really been hammered!" I also knew it wouldn't last. The two were married in a Las Vegas wedding chapel in November, 1998, but divorced the following April.
Just another bizarre sports story. Right up with Tonya Harding punching her boyfriend and throwing a hubcap at him, or Alex Rodriguez being linked to Madonna.
20. College Bowling
It just makes sense doesn't it? College football, bowl games, March Madness, the College World Series. And bowling. The Division I women's sport began in 2004, and there are even top 20 rankings.
You've got to hand it to him. He's found a way to make lots of money.
What's hilarious, though, are when you come across mentions of those who think he could hang in the UFC or be a great boxer. Of course, of course. Butterbean is a sideshow attraction, and nothing more. Something you enjoy right after forking over 20 tickets to see the Crab Lady and Goat Boy.
18. Nikolai Valuev As a Legit Heavyweight Champ
The seven-foot tall Valuev actually won the WBA heavyweight title, but lost a majority decision to David Haye in 2009. He hasn't fought since. Valuev's record was 50-2 with 34 knockouts.
17. James Toney in the UFC
The idea was stupid from the beginning to put the boxer in the octagon last August. And to put him in with Randy Couture is even more disrespectful to the legendary UFC champ. Couture won by submission in the first round. Definitely not a highpoint for UFC President Dana White.
16. Race Walking As an Olympic Sport
How are they any different from mall walkers? Has there been a steroids era in Race Walking? Who is the Babe Ruth of the sport?
15. Curling As an Olympic Sport
It's a guilty pleasure to watch during the Winter Olympics, but the only positive is that it makes you think you can dominate your buddies at shuffleboard next time you're out having pints at a bar.
14. David Clyde
The Texas Rangers' attendance in 1973 was so awful, but the only way they knew to solve that was by throwing out their No.1 pick from that year's draft.
Clyde became a phenom at Westchester High School in Houston, throwing five no-hitters and two perfect games. His first start for the Rangers attracted nearly 36,000 fans. Clyde beat the Detroit Tigers 5-4 and finished the year 4-8 with a 5.01 earned run average. But his career never panned out.
''I'd have to say that David Clyde was one of the best young left-handed pitchers I've ever seen,'' former Rangers manager Whitey Herzog said to the New York Times. ''He was really mishandled. He was wild and the other hitters started sitting on his fastball. He never had the advantage of going to the minors and pitching against kids his own age. And he was really a good kid himself. It was a tragedy.''
He was a dominant center at Oklahoma State, but any chance of superstardom was derailed by injuries and weight control issues. Reeves, who actually scored 41 points in a game, retired during the 2001-2002 season.
12. Kimbo Slice
That little attempt at the UFC didn't work out so well, did it?
Kimbo may have whupped dudes in the streets and in backyard brawls, but when it came to fighters with actual skill, he was in way over his head.
11. The NBA Dress Code
NBA commissioner David Stern has had his share of boneheaded moments, and this is one of them. Forcing players to wear suits and abandon their baggy jeans and excessive jewelry accomplished nothing and had zero effect on helping the NBA's image problem.
All that was missing was him saying "back in my day" and calling players "whippersnappers."
10. The Brett Favre Ruling
Roger Goodell's farewell present to the NFL legend: A $50,000 hand slap, er, fine for not cooperating in their investigation of improper behavior with former Jets reporter Jenn Sterger.
The NFL said in a statement that based on their evidence, Goodell couldn't conclude that Favre broke any rules involving workplace conduct.
9. Pete Rose Not Gambling
Charlie Hustle remains a living legend, but it was ridiculous to watch him keep denying he never bet on games while he was the Cincinnati Reds manager. Of course, he later came forward and admitted he did and apologized.
8. Tony Mandarich
The former Michigan State player was called "the best offensive line prospect ever" by Sports Illustrated. That obviously was all hype. Even crazier: Mandarich was taken ahead of Barry Sanders in the 1989 NFL Draft.
7. Sergio Garcia Being a Rival For Tiger Woods
In 1999, he gave Tiger Woods a test at the PGA Championship, but Woods still prevailed. That didn't keep media from anointing "El Nino" as the true rival for the No.1 golfer in the world. Garcia didn't reach his potential until winning the British Open in 2007 and The Players Championship in 2008.
6. Ryan Leaf
Isn't it crazy to think now that there was an actual debate about him being a better No.1 pick than Peyton Manning?
5. Barry Bonds' Sidestepping
The Giants slugger refused to answer questions about alleged steroid use or subjects relating to it, but if you watched him back in his days with the Pirates, you have to be skeptical.
4. David Beckham Making Soccer a Major Sport In the United States
Yes, worldwide nothing matches the popularity of soccer, but there was nothing funnier than when the British soccer star agreed to play for the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer. This, said soccer fans, would catapult the sport into the mainstream in America.
3. The Decision
LeBron James' announcement wasn't really news, and ESPN's approach was also the most over-hyped waste of airtime in television sports history.
2. UConn Women's Basketball and Their Winning Streak
It's factually incorrect to say the Connecticut women's basketball team broke the consecutive wins record held by John Wooden's UCLA men's basketball teams. They're two different sports; women play with a different sized ball, and the athletes are completely different too.
Is it something that should be praised and appreciated? Absolutely. But there also needs to be proper context given, too.
1. The BCS As a Legitimate Solution for the National Title
Yes, it's the current format that college football fans have to live with, but BCS supporters still haven't provided a logical argument as to how it is better than the playoff format America yearns for.