Top Rank shoves Chavez down your throat on Nov. 14

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will be on your television set on November 14, whether you like it or not. Chavez is part of a weak co-feature for the Cotto-Pacquiao PPV. (Photo via img.skysports.com)

Bob Arum promised a "spectacular" undercard for the November 14 pay-per-view featuring the huge Miguel Cotto-Manny Pacquiao main event. Promises, promises.

Dan Rafael reports that Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will be in the co-feature, taking on another mid-level opponent who presents no real threat. Michigan's Troy Rowland (25-2, 7 KO) will be the opponent for Chavez (40-0-1, 30 KO), who looks to keep fluffing up that record.

As for Arum's "spectacular" undercard, it now looks like this:

  • Chavez v. Rowland in an obvious hope that the loyal Mexican fanbase will tune in for JCC Jr. in addition to a great main event
  • A snoozer-in-the-making between Daniel Santos and Yuri Foreman for Santos' 154-pound title
  • Jesus Soto Karass v. Alfonso Gomez in a battle of welterweight also-rans, but it could be a damn exciting fight since both guys tend to bring it pretty hard

Color me -- and I'm betting many others -- quite unimpressed. This also means the proposed Acosta-Soto fight is off, which is too bad.

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