SAN DIEGO, February 8, 2013 – ESPN2 will air 2012’s “Fight of the Year” between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez tonight at 8 p.m. EST, prior to this week’s “Friday Night Fights” from the Bell Centre in Montreal.
If you haven’t seen the fight, clear your schedule and pull up a chair for this one. In boxing, a single punch can make history and change the entire direction of a fighter’s career. Marquez’ stunning knockout of Pacquiao in the sixth round was one of those punches. It will be remembered for many years to come. And if you’ve only seen it on YouTube, it’s nothing like seeing it on a bigger screen.
If you’ve seen it before, you know you’ll want to see this epic matchup again. Every time you watch it (and I hate to admit how many times that is for me, exactly), you see something you didn’t notice before. Besides, the weather is predicted to be so nasty in much of the country, it’s smart for you to stay inside and watch this tremendous display of boxing skills by two great champions.
Speculation continues to run rampant over the plans of both fighters. Marquez recently said on ESPN Deportes that he would not pursue a fifth fight with Pacquiao. Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach says he thinks the fight will happen. Marquez reviewed the fight in his role as a commentator on ESPN Deportes’ show “Golpe a Golpe” (Punch by Punch), and it’s well worth reading the translation of his remarks about the fight.
Then stay tuned for “Friday Night Fights,” a welcome addition to the fight lineup each week by ESPN2. The main event features the undefeated Kevin Bizier (19-0, 13 KOs) against former lightweight champion Nate Campbell (36-9-1, 26 KOs). Bizier, 28, is a home town favorite from Quebec. This is just his second 12-round fight.
Campbell is a 40-year-old veteran who has faced familiar names such as Timothy Bradley, Jr., Danny Garcia, and Victor Ortiz. He only agreed to the fight a week ago as a substitue for original opponent John O’Donnell, who was injured. Campbell’s declining physical skills and lack of preparation could seriously hamper him, but his experience should not be overlooked by Bizier.
Whether this could be a significant coming out party for Bizier, or a fizzle, what else have you got planned on a wintery Friday night?
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 Media Migraine in the Communities at The Washington Times. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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