HBO 24/7 Pacquiao-Bradley 2 tonight at midnight – 12:00-12:30 a.m ET/PT
By Chris Williams: HBO will be televising episode 1 tonight of the 24/7 Pacquiao-Bradley 2 at midnight – 12:00-12:30 a.m ET/PT, following the Sergey Kovalev vs. Cedric Agnew broadcast at 10:00 p.m ET/PT. The Pacquiao-Bradley 2 24/7 episode will be the first of three episodes that leads up to their rematch next month on HBO on April 12th from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
HBO is going to be looking into the training and lives of the Filipino star Pacquiao and WBO 147lb champion to try and get fans interested in shelling out to see it.
I think it’s a decent quality fight between Pacquiao and Bradley, although I don’t know if the 24/7 series will do anything to persuade anyone to purchase the fight card on PPV if they’re sitting on the fence. I was totally underwhelmed in watching the previous Pacquiao/Bradley 24/7 series two years ago on HBO, and if I didn’t have to watch it as a writer, I would have quickly flipped the channel due to both fighters lacking the fire and charisma needed to keep me from turning the channel.
With all the competing things to watch on cable, the original Pacquiao/Bradley 24/7 episodes was about as interesting as watching paint dry on a hot afternoon. Without thinking, I constantly kept grabbing the channel changer to change the channel due to how boring the episodes were, and I had to force to watch the stuff. I kind of doubt that HBO will whip the two fighters into making it more entertaining this time around, and so I doubt that the 24/7 series will do much in increasing PPV buys for the fight. Pacquiao is too modest, and Bradley is too unsmiling and uptight to make the episodes fun.
There needs to be some kind of conflict to shake up the 24/7 Pacquiao-Bradley 2 episodes because it’s just boring to watch. If they could bring in someone new to shake things up, and maybe have Max Kellerman take over the narration of the thing instead of the guy that’s been doing the narration. The guy that does it now makes it seem too much like listening to an old news broadcast, and it’s not relevant to what I’m interested in hearing.
If I was in charge of the whole 24/7 series for the Pacquiao-Bradley 2 episodes, I would definitely shake things up. I’d lose whoever the narrator is, and put someone what has energy into the job. I’d then cut all filming of Bradley eating dinner with his family, and focus more on having video of Bradley training. The less talk the better. As for Pacquiao, no video of him playing the guitar, signing or talking about how religion has changed his life. I would want to video just him showing anger and fire in talking about the rematch. You need to make Pacquiao look like he’s mentally engaged and focused in wanting to avenge his previous loss to Bradley. The way that Pacquiao looked during the recent Face off with Bradley with Max Kellerman, Pacquiao had a sleepy and bored look on his face like ‘Oh well, I got a fight on April 12th. Gee, I hope I win.’ He didn’t look motivated at all.