Mayweather vs. Marquez to be Shown in Movie Theaters – News
By Jim Dower: In a sign of how far Golden Boy Promotions is willing to go to try and make a buck of the September 19th fight between Juan Manuel Marquez and Floyd Mayweather Jr., the CEO of Golden Boy, Richard Schaefer, said that the Marquez-Mayweather event will be shown in 170 movie theaters around the United States on September 19th, according to Fight News.
One benefit is that the fight will be sold at $12.50 to $15.00 rather than the $49.95 that the fight will be selling for on pay-per-view. The pricing for the fight is quite good in comparison to those who will be going to the fight or watching it on pay-per-view.
However, whether this helps the fight or not remains to be seen. As of yet, there hasn’t been a lot of excitement about the fight around the internet compared to the Manny Pacquiao vs. Miguel Cotto fight which doesn’t take place until November 14th.
One of the problems for that is Mayweather’s choice of opponents, choosing the smaller Marquez to fight instead of someone in the same weight class as Mayweather. Although Marquez is perhaps the best fighter in the lightweight division, he’s still a lot smaller than Mayweather and it makes Floyd look as if he’s cherry picking his boxing opponents from the lighter divisions to find someone that he can beat instead of taking on a fighter his own size.
Mayweather, 32, hasn’t fought in two years since beating Ricky Hatton in 2007. Mayweather has likely lost a lot of boxing fans since then, as Pacquiao has suddenly become boxing’s number #1 star. Mayweather chose Marquez as a stepping stone to Pacquiao, because Manny fought Marquez last year and was barely able to beat him by a 12-round split decision.
Mayweather Jr. to Appear on “Monday Night RAW” (USA)
According to Dan Rafael of ESPN, Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be appearing on “Monday Night RAW” (USA) tonight as a guest host at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, in hopes of drawing attention to his September 19th fight against Juan Manuel Marquez, which takes place at the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather (39-0, 25 KO’s) fought last year in an WWE event against seven foot wrestler called “Big Show.” Mayweather’s fight was a huge success and further increased his visibility in the sports world. Mayweather obviously is hoping that he can lure some young wrestling fans into paying to see his fight next month.