For this Saturday's Mayweather-Cotto pay-per-view, millions of people will be watching from across the globe, including many casual fans and curious outsiders checking out their first prizefight in a long time. In the best interest of the sport, Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy should've worked
hard to piggy-back off the high-profile main event to expose viewers to quality undercard fights and, in the process, make new stars.
Instead, the Ring Kings televised undercard looks to be rather dull and, likely, not very competitive.
As a fan with the sport's best interest at heart, here's the pay-per-view card they should've made:
Victor Ortiz vs. Andre Berto II
Take this well-regarded rematch, scheduled for Showtime on June 23, and make it part of the big event. Arguably featuring the two top welterweights not named Mayweather or Pacquiao, the winner of Ortiz-Berto II will likely be in line for a crack at the top two of the division. Ortiz was there before, but
was stopped by Floyd Mayweather in an ugly, foul-filled KO 4 loss. Berto was rumored to be a candidate for a shot at Pacquiao before Ortiz decisioned the two-time Haitian-American welterweight titlist last year. Who knows if the rematch will be as good as their first encounter, but as the lead-in to Mayweather-Cotto, Ortiz-Berto II would carry its weight and be a fitting, significant contest.
Saul Alvarez vs. Carlos Molina
Nobody is buying Ring Kings because of Shane Mosley and few are buying the hype that a 40-year-old Mosley, who is 0-2-1 in his last three and winless since January of 2009, is a worthy opponent. To be real, Mayweather-Cotto is selling this pay-per-view, so Mosley adds little to the event. What the 21-year-old Alvarez needs right now is street cred. Why not take on a fighter who, arguably, should be 3-1 in contests against James Kirkland, Erislandy Lara, and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.? Molina, the sport's resident spoiler, would surely put up a quality scrap and make Alvarez earn a victory in a legitimate firefight.
Jessie Vargas vs. Breidis Prescott
Vargas is a Mayweather Promotions fighter, so let's assume that the 22-year-old prospect has to be on a Mayweather card. His original opponent, Alfonso Gomez, made for an interesting fight for the junior welterweight prospect. Gomez's replacement due to injury, Steve Forbes, is about seven years and two weight classes past his prime and just 3-7 in his last ten fights. The PPV matchmaker should've passed up both Gomez and Forbes in search of a truly entertaining and meaningful opponent for such a quality prospect. Heavy-handed Colombian, Breidis Prescott, may have lost two of his last three, but nobody can accuse the former first round Amir Khan destroyer of not coming to fight. Vargas would be pressed/tested, the fans would be happy. Seems like a win-win for all.
Paul Magno was a licensed official in the state of Michoacan, Mexico and a close follower of the sport for more than thirty years. He is also a contributor to Fox Sports. In the past, Paul has done work for Inside Fights, The Queensberry Rules and Eastside Boxing.
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