SAN DIEGO – September 22, 2012 – Lots of boxing news to catch up on this week after last weekend’s big fights. So on with the boxer briefs…
Pacquiao-Marquez IV is on: Ten thousand fans packed the Mexico City arena Friday to see Manny Pacquiao and native son Juan Manuel Marquez for the third stop o their media tour announcing their fourth meeting, set for Saturday, December 8 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao has beaten Marquez twice, and they fought to a draw in a third fight. Many observers including this columnist believe Marquez won the last fight with Pacquiao in 2011. Although many people hoped Pacquiao would scheduled a rematch with Timothy Bradley after Bradley’s controversial decision over Pacquiao, the Marquez matchup is a bigger fan draw. He is by far the most popular boxer in Mexico. Marquez and Pacquiao have both said they will be going for a knockout to end the debate about their series once and for all.
With a pay-per-view price of $59.99, I wonder if the draw isn’t being a little overestimated. Who wants to drop that money on a fight that risks being just like all the others? It’s a bit like kissing your sister at this point. The months leading up to the fight will show whether Pacquiao plans to train and focus seriously on nothing but boxing. Not politics, not religion. He will be training in Los Angeles, which is a good start.
Chavez Jr. fails drug test: It explains a whole lot about Julio Caesar Chavez, Jr., don’t you think? Such as getting up for the day around 6 p.m., and having trouble making weight. As reported by several media including Ring Magazine and CBSSports.com, the Nevada State Athletic Commission informed Chavez Jr.’s promoter Top Rank that he failed the test following his fight with Sergio Martinez on Tuesday. If a second test confirms the first, Chavez Jr. faces a suspension from boxing, as much as a year. He could also lose his $3 million purse for the fight.
Chavez Jr. tested positive for a banned diuretic in 2009. He received a seven month suspension and the victory was changed to a no decision. This past January, he was arrested for drunk driving in Los Angeles, two weeks before his bout against Marco Antonio Rubio.
On HBO’s 24/7 series leading up to the bout with Martinez, Chavez regularly blew off workouts, kept no regimen or schedule, and was a no-show for training with Freddie Roach. Roach let slip in an interview with HBO’s Max Kellerman that Chavez Senior asked him to stick with his son. It seems Roach continues to put up with Junior’s antics out of respect for his father.
It irks me how little Chavez Jr. appreciates the opportunity he’s been handed to succeed in boxing. He has the innate physical skills, access to the best training in the world, resources, support, and promoters salivating over his potential. It would be no shame on him if he decided he simply wasn’t cut out for the life. Although he wasn’t using a performance enhancing drug, a stiff sting to the wallet and a suspension long enough for him to miss the sport might be in order.
Chavez-Martinez reply on HBO Saturday: As it customarily does with pay-per-view fights, HBO will replay the Chavez vs. Martinez fight on Saturday, September 22, at 9:30 p.m. Eastern and Pacific Time. It’s an exciting fight, well worth watching. The 12th and final round will have you out of your seat, even though you already know the outcome.
Medical report: As you watch the replay of the Chavez-Martinez bout, keep an eye on Martinez’ left hand. The southpaw boxer reportedly broke it in the fourth round. Reports now say it’s not as bad as originally believed and will not need repair. It is in a soft cast. However, Martinez did get stitches for a cut to the scalp, and he will also undergo knee surgery in Spain to repair a torn meniscus. As knee injuries go, it could be far worse. He will need six to eight weeks recovery time… Respected trainer and HBO analyst Emanuel Steward is recovering from stomach surgery and will be taking it easy for a few months.
Boxing by the numbers: Top Rank Promotions reports 475,000 pay per view purchases for the Chavez-Martinez fight on HBO. This is double the projection. The total take: $25 million. Meanwhile, Showtime reports its highest boxing audience ratings ever for its card featuring Canelo Alvarez and Josesito Lopez in the main event. It reports 1.04 million households turned into the fight.
Bailey-Alexander rescheduled: The Randall Bailey vs. Devon Alexander fight cancelled on September 8 will now be part of the card at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on October 20. The main event is a rematch between Danny Garcia and Erik Morales.
Workout with Nonito Donaire: If you’re in the San Francisco Bay area on Saturday, “The Filipino Flash” Nonito Donaire will host a media day and open training class for fans at the Undisputed Gym in San Carlos, California. Learn the basics of boxing from the unified super bantamweight champ, and then watch him in his own workout. Donaire frequently invites fans into the gym. There’s no more accessible, fan-friendly athlete. Details are on Donaire’s Facebook page along with some other amusing entries. He’s worth a follow. Donaire is preparing to face former Japanese title holder Toshiaki Nishioka on October 13 in Carson, California.
Flashback fights: FOX Deportes Boxing Classics is back Sunday, September 23, with two noteworthy championship fights. In the main event, fight fans will see 2000’s epic 12 round battle for the WBC welterweight title between “The Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya and Sugar Shane Mosley. In the co-feature, Floyd “Money” Mayweather defended his WBC and Ring Magazine world championships against Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton in the action-packed 2007 welterweight championship fight. The doubleheader will air on FOX Deportes beginning at 6 p.m. Eastern Time (3 p.m. Pacific Time).
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in the Communities at The Washington Times. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.
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