COMMENTARY | Ever since the bout was first announced, there was the persistent rumbling about it not really being a fight worthy of headlining a pay-per-view. Adrien Broner vs. Marcos Maidana would be an outstanding lead-in to a main event and a solid tussle, in and of itself, but it isn't a PPV headliner. As solid as the match-up is, it's just not the type of fight that makes fans dig into their pockets-especially after these fans will have already been subjected to three PPV cards in as many months by the time Broner-Maidana on December 14 rolls around.
Apparently, someone at Golden Boy and/or Showtime agreed with this assessment and has opted to remove the price tag from the card and air it as part of a tremendous two week, back-to-back quadruple-header boxing run on Showtime, December 7 and 14.
The original PPV card has been shuffled around a bit, restructured along with previously scheduled December 7 and November 30 cards to create two major shows rather than three smaller events. As of this writing, the scheduled fights are:
December 7 (Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York)
Zab Judah (42-8, 29 KOs) vs. Paulie Malignaggi (32-5, 7 KOs)
Devon Alexander (25-1, 14 KOs) vs. Shawn Porter (22-0-1, 14 KOs), For Alexander's IBF 147 lb. title
Erislandy Lara (18-1-2, 12 KOs) vs. Austin Trout (26-1, 14 KOs), For vacant WBA 154 lb. title
Sakio Bika (32-5-2, 21 KOs) vs. Anthony Dirrell (26-0, 22 KOs), For Bika's WBC 168 lb. title
December 14 (Alamodome, San Antonio, TX)
Adrien Broner (27-0, 22 KOs) vs. Marcos Maidana (34-3, 31 KOs), For Broner's WBA 147 lb. title
Keith Thurman (21-0, 19 KOs) vs. Jesus Soto Karass (32-12-4, 19 KOs)
Leo Santa Cruz (25-0-1, 15 KOs) vs. Cesar Seda (25-1, 17 KOs), For Santa Cruz's WBC 122 lb. title
Victor Ortiz (29-4, 22 KOs) vs. Alfonso Gomez (22-5-2, 11 KOs)
Consider these two back-to-back quadruple-headers an early Christmas present to long-suffering boxing fans. Thanks to the turf war between top boxing promoters Golden Boy and Top Rank as well as the corresponding Showtime vs. HBO feud, the fans are just now starting to see a return to stacked PPV undercards and truly deep off-PPV premium cable events.
Golden Boy's exclusivity with Showtime, originally a magnet for criticism from fans and media, has actually helped create the healthy rivalry which now pushes each side of the war into creating better cards and more daring match-ups.
And while this us vs. them mentality has cost the fans some very big potential bouts-namely Donaire vs. Mares and Mayweather vs. Anyone not Golden Boy-more good than bad has come from these nose to nose programming trench wars.
HBO's run of outstanding shows throughout the fall (Cotto-Rodriguez, Bradley-Marquez, Provodnikov-Alvarado, Golovkin-Stevens) will be capped off by a tremendous triple-header on November 9 (Donaire-Darchinyan, Garcia-Martinez, Martirosyan-Andrade), Andre Ward vs. Edwin Rodriguez the following week, and of course, the Manny Pacquiao vs. Brandon Rios PPV on November 23.
All in all, boxing is finally offering reason for optimism. Ugly capitalism has created true competition in the industry and the fans are reaping the rewards. For the first time in a long time, fans can look back on a healthy and prosperous year while anxiously awaiting next year's offerings.
Paul Magno was a licensed official in the state of Michoacan, Mexico and is the author of Notes from the Boxing Underground. His work can also be found on Fox Sports and as Editor-in-Chief of The Boxing Tribune. In the past, Paul has done work for Inside Fights, The Queensberry Rules and Eastside Boxing. For breaking news, additional analysis, and assorted crazy commentary, follow him on Facebook, @TheBoxingTribune or on Twitter, @BoxingBTBC.
Sources: Golden Boy Press Release, BoxRec
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