Pacquiao vs Marquez: HBO Face-Off With Max Kellerman (Video)

Here's the full HBO Face-Off between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez, with trainers Freddie Roach and Nacho Beristain, with Max Kellerman serving as host.


It might just be me, but this is straight up painful. Watching Max Kellerman try desperately to create tension between two fighters who do have history but mostly have exhibited great respect for one another is a chore. I don't blame Kellerman; he's just doing his job. I blame the job itself. The two fighters clearly aren't at this thing to be clowns, and neither of them look all that interested at all. The dramatic score ("Dark, ominous tones") is more hilarious than anything -- this is almost parody in certain shots, and I'm also not blaming the production team. Just doing their jobs. But man do these guys not fit this bill.

In other words, there's no Mayweather or Haye or even Ortiz to make this thing work the way it's supposed to. Pacquiao and Marquez are just a couple of great fighters having a fight. Not everything is going to work in this format. It also furthers my worry that this "24/7" is going to be really, really rough to get through. These guys just aren't compelling reality TV stars. And thank God that they don't try to force themselves to be.

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