Less than two weeks before his third encounter with Mexican counter-puncher Juan Manuel Marquez, pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao assures his millions of fans around the world there will be fireworks on November 12 at the the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao's assurance is significant because of the falling interest in boxing in the last few months of the year after several high-profile fights turned off paying fans as they watched less-entertaining fights.
Major fights that did not sit well with paying fans include, among others, the Mayweather vs. Ortiz fight last September 17. This match was highly promoted and has garnered 1.25 millions in pay-per-view buys, but frustrated millions of paying fans because of its controversial and bizarre ending.
Mayweather was highly criticized for his unsportsmanlike behavior as he finished Ortiz with an unobstructed powerful combo at the time when Ortiz's defenses were down. Although the shots were legal, according to boxing experts, the ending did not sit well with paying fans.
Another high-profile fight that was a source of frustration was the Bernard Hopkins vs. Chad Dawson fight last October 15 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
In another bizarre ending, Hopkins complained he was pushed to the canvas by Dawson, hurting his elbow and shoulder real bad as he leaned halfway through the rope while unable to continue fighting. There was no telling shot that hit Hopkins, but the impact of the fall must have really hurt him.
Referee Pat Russell handed a TKO decision in favor of Dawson after Hopkins failed to rise on the count. The fight's result has been contested. WBC later ruled it was a technical draw and still had Hopkins as the champion. The commission will review the decision at its regular meeting on December 13.
The growing number of frustrated paying fans, many of whom have demanded refunds on their tickets, have been treated to another lackluster fight. This time, the highly promoted fight of Nonito Donaire vs. Omar Narvaez failed to appease them as Narvaez, who was undefeated did not go toe-to-toe with Donaire.
It was a boring fight from Round 1 till the end despite Donaire's efforts to entice Narvaez to open up. It seemed Narvaez did not really come to fight but just appeared to collect his purse
These are just some of the fights that have angered paying fans, and critics say it is about time promoters take notice of their growing frustrations.
On November 12, Manny Pacquiao will attempt to please these fans and entertain the public with his assurance of some fireworks happening at MGM Grand Garden Arena as he collides with Marquez for the third time.
Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach predicted Marquez will be gone in six rounds or less, while Marquez's mentor Nacho Beristain said Marquez will go for an upset win.
”It’s going to be the most difficult fight for Pacquiao of all his life,” Beristain said in a press conference.
"If they think Juan (Manuel Marquez) will get knocked out by Pacquiao, they may be thinking about another fighter, not Juan (Manuel Marquez), added Beristain.
"We will surprise him and this will become a fantastic trilogy, something never before seen in the history of boxing," Beristain also said in the joint press conference.
The upcoming Pacquiao vs. Marquez trilogy appears to be this year's most exciting fight, and paying fans as well as the boxing public are hoping the fight will give them their money's worth.