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Golden Boy Considering Countering Pacquiao Fight on December 8

Manny Pacquiao fights on December 8, but Golden Boy Promotions is reportedly considering running a show to go against the superstar. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Manny Pacquiao fights on December 8, but Golden Boy Promotions is reportedly considering running a show to go against the superstar. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

In a bit of what is hopefully non-news and just a bunch of nonsense that couldn't possibly be true, reports that Golden Boy Promotions is working on a possible December 8 show.

The trouble is that Top Rank and HBO pay-per-view are going to be featuring Manny Pacquiao on December 8, against either Juan Manuel Marquez or Timothy Bradley. Also, and this is no small "also," UFC will be running on FOX that night.

While the UFC and Pacquiao shows can co-exist without much trouble, it would indeed be gloriously dumb of Golden Boy and I'm guessing Showtime (or CBS, I suppose) to even really consider the idea of running against Pacquiao, not to mention Pacquiao and a UFC show happening at the same time.

I don't really have the energy to properly shape all of this and put it together with much style, so let's break down what won't be happening. Let's just talk about why not.

There will not be two head-to-head boxing pay-per-views, because cable and satellite companies will not -- will not -- run competing pay-per-views at the same time, which we tried to make very clear when there was a rumor going around that this would happen on September 15, which of course it is not, as Chavez Jr vs Martinez is on PPV and Canelo vs Lopez is on Showtime.

Here's the other problem with the pay-per-view idea, if for some reason you think that it's even possible: Is Showtime going to back the pay-per-view? If there was an idea to bully PPV providers into making a choice, do you think Showtime, occasional pay-per-view boxing home, is really going to convince iNDemand, for example, to not go with HBO, a consistent and proven company?

Let's say that the idea is to have Floyd Mayweather fight on December 8. Floyd Mayweather's biggest concern in boxing is money. Do you think he wants to lose money he could have on some other night not competing against a Manny Pacquiao fight?

Also, Floyd Mayweather is not going to be fighting away from HBO. Floyd knows where the money is. It's not at Showtime.

So let's say the idea is Canelo Alvarez. In fact, let's say the idea is to run Canelo on Showtime, not on pay-per-view, head-to-head with a Manny Pacquiao show.

If boxing is a business, which everyone loves to use as a catch-all excuse for annoying/dumbass things happening, then that would be about as odd a business decision as we'll see a promoter make any time soon. Not only has Golden Boy taken their most marketable fighter to Showtime in the first place, where hundreds of thousands of less people will be seeing him fight, but they've put him head-to-head not just on U.S. TV, but in Las Vegas on September 15. And they're going to lose that battle. It won't really be close.

If they did it against Manny Pacquiao, it would be even worse. They'd basically be saying, "We don't care if anyone in the United States watches Canelo Alvarez fight."

Oh, and if Pacquiao fights Marquez again, his audience would be marginalized in Mexico, too. So there's not much supporting that argument, either.

Golden Boy can't seriously be considering this, and no amount of double-talk about excitement for the fans would save this from being a bad idea. They can't be serious. They just can't be serious. It's not good for them, any of their fighters they'd possibly sacrifice in the role, or boxing fans.

Or in other words, strictly as a boxing fan: Could you guys all stop dicking us over or even considering dicking us over all the time? There aren't that many of us left. Cut us some slack, go stickin', and settle your differences that way.


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