By Dallas Orysiuk (@chargers204)
On September 13, Floyd Mayweather Jr., 46-0 (26), squares off against Marcos Maidana, 35-4 (31), in a highly anticipated rematch. The first fight was surprisingly competitive and entertaining, but the PPV numbers did not reflect the entertainment value, which were reported to be less than one million. In an event which featured the most expensive undercard ever, the numbers were underwhelming.
It remains to be seen if the competitive nature of the first matchup will push the PPV buys of the rematch above a million, but one things for sure the undercard of ‘Mayhem’ will not. After underwhelming numbers, it seems that Showtime, Golden Boy, and Mayweather has decided to cut back on their spending and the undercard.
The undercard according to FightHype has been met with much scrutiny by both the media and the fans. The boxing forums have been filled with criticism and even some of boxing’s reporters have been quick to bash the undercard.
— Victor M. Salazar Jr (@BoxingVoice_Vic) August 13, 2014
— Steve Kim (@steveucnlive) August 12, 2014
The undercard that has been released is as follows: Miguel Vázquez, 34-3 (13), defending his IBF lightweight title against The Money Team’s Mickey Bey, 20-1-1 (10), Alfredo Angulo, 22-4 (18), vs. James De la Rosa, 22-2 (13), and Leo Santa Cruz, 27-0-1 (15) vs. Manuel Roman (17-2-3, 6KOs).
It may not be the most high profile undercard, but it isn’t as bad as the criticism it has been receiving. The co-main event will lack excitement, as any Vázquez fight is usually a snooze fest; but it matches two highly ranked lightweights and two good boxers against each other in a title fight. Sure, Alfredo Angulo is coming off a bad loss and his opponent, James De la Rosa, is relatively unknown but is always exciting as he brings the heat and doesn’t know how to take a step backwards. Leo Santa Cruz is one of boxing’s most exciting up and coming fighters, yet fans are waiting for him to finally step it up, but against Manuel Roman it is likely to be another one-sided and meaningless affair.
The undercard could be better, but it has some interesting and exciting matchups. And recently there has been talks of hard hitting John Molina, 27-4 (22 KOs) vs. veteran Humberto Soto, 64-8-2 (35 KOs) being added to the bill. This is an interesting matchup between two veterans who are not shy to go to war, so this should be an exciting fight.
As boxing fans, all we can hope for is the main event to be half as competitive as the first, with Mayweather deciding to fight it out again. We can hope that TBA will be replaced with a decent name, and that Molina vs. Soto is added to the bill. It remains to be seen how the card will turn out and if the lineup will change, but I for one will purchase the PPV solely for the main event.
[Editor’s note: TBA was replaced by Manuel Roman and Humberto Soto will face John Molina over 10 rounds on the card.]by