DVD trilogies have been huge money makers for the movie industry solely due to the box set. But sometimes an entertainment studio drags out the franchise making a fourth installment much to the dismay of viewers. Could the same rules be applied to boxing as well? The great Muhammad Ali fought both Joe Frazier and Ken Norton three times a piece and when the third installment of Manny Pacquiao versus Juan Manuel Marquez took place on November 12, 2011 fans were having flashbacks to some of those days.
But now with word that there will be a fourth installment to the Pacquiao/Marquez bouts, this just reminds me of when I first heard there was going to be a Final Destination Four or Five for that matter; I thought to myself, when is enough enough already?
That same sentiment crossed my mind when I first heard the news of Pacquiao/Marquez part four — the only difference is this time I said it out loud for any and all near me to hear. Why? So they could ask me what was I talking about, so I could tell them. But since no one around me cared to asked what was I talking about, and instead looked at me as if I was ready for a room in Bellevue, I decided to rant to the world via this piece.
Pacquiao/Marquez four is over-saturation at its finest and thanks to longtime boxing promoter Bob Arum this once famous, soon to be historic series of battles between these two warriors is about to become soaking wet with the drench that is greed.
Pacquiao wants to fight on December 8th in Las Vegas, Nevada at the MGM Grand, but instead of avenging his very controversial loss to Timothy Bradley and attempt to regain his WBO Welterweight title he has decided to fight someone he has already beaten twice and fought to a draw with once. Yes, all three of the previous installments of Pacquiao/Marquez were all close and controversial as well, with some saying that Marquez won all three. But come on, isn’t Pacquiao tired of fighting the same guy again and again? We certainly are tired of seeing these two fight again and again — I know I am.
The Pacquiao camp claims that he wanted fight Miguel Cotto again but unfortunately Cotto is already scheduled to fight Austin Trouton on December 1st at Madison Square Garden, so there went that idea. Of course, we can’t bring up Pacquiao squaring off with Floyd Mayweather Jr. because our dreams of seeing that mega-bout went whisking out of the window once the judges completely jerked Pac-Man out of his decision against Bradley.
So all signs should be pointing to Bradley when one uses conventional wisdom, but while conventional wisdom makes sense in a perfect world, it doesn’t make dollars and cents and that is what the world of boxing has come to. That is exactly why the sport is dying, but save that for another rant down the line — that and the reign of MMA.
Like a bad Deion Sanders rap song from the early 90′s, the reason we are subjected to another Pacquiao/Marquez duel is simple: must be the money (do you hear my background singers repeating the hook?)!!! The third Pacquiao/Marquez fight sold 1.3 million pay-per-view units while the Pacquiao/Bradley debacle did a measly 950K units. Must be the money… damn my background singers sound good, don’t you agree!!!
So in the end, we will have an extra Godfather, another Ocean’s installment and an additional Matrix all rolled into one thanks to the formerly wonderful sweet science that we use to call boxing, I’m really looking forward to it. Can’t you tell?