Tuesday, February 16, 2010
CAN PAC DRAW AT GATE/PPV ALL ALONE?
FILLING AN AREAN BUILT FOR 100,000 NOT EASY!
San Francisco, CA- On March 14, promoter Bob Arum, he of Top Rank, a promotional endeavor he has run since the mid 60s, the old master will know if Manny Pacquiao can deliver on his own. Currently the hottest boxer punching a clock today, Pacquiao will face the nondescript Joshua Clottey in a little less than four weeks. With the home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys playing host, the arena can hold 80,000 for football, thus an easy 100,000 for boxing, without a “name” opponent of Hispanic or Latino origin, can the Pacman deliver at the gate and on pay per view?
LOOKS LIKE MARGA-CHEATO HAS BEEN VANQUISHED!
The original Top Rank scheme seemed to include the “suspended” Antonio Margarito, the disgraced Mexican fighter who was caught with a plaster of Paris-like pad inserted into his hand wraps, this as he was about to battle Shane Mosley in January 2009. The thought was that Mexicans would come to see Marga-cheato, that Pacquiao would bring a certain number of his peeps from various locales in the United States, in addition to the folks with a few bucks from the Philippines, but fill a stadium outside of the Philippines by himself, this is a stretch.
NEITHER SOTO NOR DIAZ CAN DRAW FLIES!
The multi-million dollar site fee Arum procured from the Texans is significant, but the Dallasites are going to want something for their bucks, and something doesn’t mean a miniscule crowd in their huge arena. Most of the Filipinos I know in the San Francisco Bay Area, they are going to watch the fight on TV. That and the horrible economy, this fight card looks like a tough sale from here. Humberto Soto-David Diaz, that’s the main supporting bout now that “we” eliminated Margarito from the Texas picture, does this look like a loser all the way around?
THE “BEATING THE MAN” SYNDROME APPLIES?
After this one is over and the numbers support my contention that this fight will die at the gate and struggle to make 500,000 PPV buys. As Manny Pacquiao is about to find out, “Beating the man, it doesn’t always make you the man.” A classic example of that was Shane Mosley beating Oscar De la Hoya, and then not drawing well on his own.
Author: Pedro Fernandez