Some people expect me to be a boxing fan or a former boxing fan, given my passion for MMA. Those people are wrong. I’ve never followed boxing and until this past year, I never really watched boxing. In the past year, I made the mistake of ordering two boxing PPVs, Floyd Mayweather vs. Shane Mosley and Manny Pacquiao vs. Mosley. I walked away disappointed both times. Not only did the main event fights not live up to the hype, but the undercard was filled with a bunch of guys that I didn’t know, who weren’t promoted, and who the announcers didn’t seem to care about. Unless it’s Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, I never plan on ordering another boxing PPV. But free boxing on HBO and Showtime? Yeah, I’ll watch that.
I’ve watched boxing every weekend it’s been on for most of the summer. Can I remember a single fight? Not really. I know Bernard Hopkins won some title and that the Super Six, whatever that is, is in progress. Otherwise all I know about the current state of boxing is that Mayweather and Paciquao still won’t fight each other and that Andre Bishop just got out of jail. Wait, that was the Fight Night Champion game.
Half the time when I watch one of these free boxing fights, they’re regulated to my second TV, which is a standard definition 22 inch TV that I used in college, and I don’t pay much attention to them. Clearly I’m not on my way to becoming a hardcore boxing fan. Besides quarter paying attention to boxing on the secondary TV, my only other boxing knowledge comes from the Fight Night series. Of course the big appeal to those games is using guys like Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson.
Tomorrow is a big free fight on HBO as Wladimir Klitschko takes on David Haye. What do I know about these two guys? Well, Klitschko is a boring fighter who Hayden Panettiere got bored with. And David Haye is british, so his takedown defense probably sucks. The fight is for about 50 different heavyweight titles, none of which seem overly important.
I’m pumped for this fight. Because it’s free and, despite knowing very little about them, I’ve actually heard of both men. Plus Klitschko has this unbeatable aura around him and people believe that Haye can be the man to break that aura. I don’t know enough about David Haye to know whether or not he can beat Klitschko but if Hayden Panettiere just broke up with me and was already dating another athlete, I’d probably want to kill the first person who punched me in the face.
The best thing about this fight is that it’s on at 4:45 EST. It has my undivided TV attention and will get high definition treatment on the main screen. It’s on a great time because not only is there nothing else of interest on at that time but it’s also a great way to kick off an afternoon that leads directly into UFC 132.
There are plenty of things wrong in boxing nowadays and those things really come to light when you’re a huge MMA fan. But if it’s not costing me $55 to see one fight then I’ll watch two guys skillfully punch each other in the face. I may not know many names in boxing but if they’re fighting on HBO or Showtime, I’ll watch it. If nothing else, there’s the potential for an exciting fight and the chance that I may remember their name 24 hours later. And maybe one day they’ll headline a PPV that I won’t spend $55 on.