HBO 24/7 Pacquiao-Bradley 2 episode 1 this Saturday, 3/29
By Chris Williams: This Saturday night, March 29th, the 24/7 Pacquiao-Bradley 2 episode 1 will be televised on HBO at midnight – 12:30 a.m. ET/PT. This will be the first of three episodes previewing the rematch between the two fighters. The previous time the two fighters faced each other in 2012, the episodes were less than thrilling to watch so hopefully they’ll improve this time around.
Alex Ariza, Pacquiao’s former strength and conditioning coach, is no longer with his team after he was let go due to Roach wanting him gone. That’s too bad, because Ariza was one of the few people that was worth watching on the 24/7 series. Having him gone is going to make it dull. Like in most of the 24/7 episodes involving Pacquiao, we’ll likely see Freddie Roach doing most of the talking. I’d like to see less of that and more actual training. Watching Roach brag about how good Pacquiao is gets old fast.
What we’ll likely see is Bradley working out in a weight room and track field, talking about how Pacquiao doesn’t have the killer instinct any longer. We’ll then probably see Bradley eating dinner and other less than interesting stuff. HBO really needs to work on making the 24/7 episodes more interesting, and make them look different from each other. When you have rematches like this, you see the same thing with the 24/7 episodes and it’s painful to watch.
The person in charge of the videos should focus more on getting more gym workouts, more interviews where new stuff is being said. For example, if Bradley keeps talking about how Pacquiao has lost his killer instinct, that should be edited out. The same with Pacquiao talking about how he has a lot to prove, and how plans on throwing a lot of punches this time. We’ve already seen those comments from the fighters over and over again.
The footage of Pacquiao needs to have someone lie Buboy Fernandez added, because he at least makes it entertaining to watch. Having trainer Freddie Roach talk endlessly is dull, and hardly worth watching.