Steve Cofield thinks Mayweather is in trouble:
September 19 is a big day for both boxing and MMA. Jim Lampley may be shaking in his boots. The HBO announcer has trashed MMA saying it will never compete with the biggest names in boxing. Well, it's put up or shutup time as a Floyd Mayweather pay-per-view card in Las Vegas is pitted against UFC 103 in Dallas. According to Lampley, the biggest stars in boxing will eat the UFC alive.
Give Golden Boy credit it is trying to remedy the situation and actually give fans more than one fight for their $50. It'll be announced today (in a conference call that just so happens to be going head-to-head with a UFC 102 call) that the card actually has three more quality fights. Chris John will rematch Rocky Juarez at lightweight. Michael Katsides, who has the potential to be the new Arturo Gatti, faces 2004 U.S. Olympian Vincente Escobedo. And Zab Judah returns to battle Antonio Diaz. This card should be able to compete with a UFC card headed up by
Dan HendersonRich Franklin v. Vitor Belfort, shouldn't it? Or has so much damage been done between the dead periods on the boxing schedule and the lousy undercards of the past that the Mayweather card won't even compete with UFC 103 as far as sales go?
HBO does need Mayweather to sell this fight, perhaps more than ever before. In prior big Mayweather bouts, he's had help from Oscar de la Hoya being Oscar de la Hoya, the biggest non-heavyweight attraction in boxing history. Later he was matched with a charismatic, affable, unbeaten fighter in Ricky Hatton, a common man and great good to Floyd's evil.
Juan Manuel Marquez is not charismatic outside of the ring. He's not flashy, his English isn't so great. He's a great, great fighter, and I think he's even gone underestimated once again as an action star, considering every recent Marquez fight has been fun to watch at the least and a FotY contender at the most.