Is the card this Saturday worth your price of admission? It’s a question many boxing fans will have to answer this weekend. The expectations for this weekend’s Saturday’s pay-per-view card headlined by Floyd Mayweather and Andre Berto will cost you about 75 dollars in high definition.
Amazingly enough, what is being dubbed as the last fight for the self-proclaimed TBE isn’t doing well at the ticket gate. It could be the choice of opponent or the fact that his last fight with Manny Pacquiao didn’t live up to expectations, even if its unjust that Mayweather shoulders much of the blame.
Maybe a rampant PED and IV fight week story by the famed Thomas Hauser on SbNation.com can boost the number as it has brought attention to fight week. Even negative promotion is promotion.
The main event might be a mismatch as Mayweather is anywhere from a 21-1 to 50-1 favorite on betting sites. Berto should go in there with nothing to lost ALA Marcos Maidana and be offensive as can be. If he does it may prove to be an exciting fight like Mayweather-Maidana I. Let’s not forget Maidana was a heavy underdog too. Either way, I expect Mayweather to outbox Berto. Fight worth 5 dollars.
The undercard has two very well matched and fan friendly fights on paper.
Salido-Martinez 2: The first get together was a fight of the year candidate which say Orlando Salido get up from the canvas twice to nearly come back and beat Martinez. However, the Puerto Rican did well early and held on late to dethrone Salido for his 130 lb. title.
Will the rematch be as good? It’s always hard to tell with most sequels because they may never be as good as the first one. The referee in this one will be Vic Drakulich, who is notorious for being involved in fights especially with low blows which is something Salido got away with in the first fight. Will Salido start earlier and get up from the canvas in the first fight? Will Martinez be able to drop Salido and withstand the constant pressure? I’d like to find out. Fight worth 15 dollars.
Jack-Groves: This is an interesting world title fight in the super middleweight division. Badou Jack pulled off an upset over Anthony Dirrell earlier this year. Should he beat George Groves, it would be another upset. Groves is notorious for his work oversees in defeating James DeGale and going to toe to toe with Carl Froch twice. He was knocked out twice which may mean he may not be what he once was. It should be a fun fight with a lot of intrigue. Fight worth 10 dollars.
Gonzalez-Oquendo: It could be a fun fight. Jhonny Gonzalez is past his prime, and it showed when he was knocked out by Gary Russell Jr. Jonathan Oquendo was barely a fringe contender. The fight might not mean much but could be a fan-filled affair. Fight worth 3 dollars.
To me, the fight card is worth 33 dollars and in high definition 43 dollars. Those involved would have done much better if they put it on CBS. However buyers beware, you may get some good fights and a mismatch in the main event.