By Jason Pribila
: To say that the Pay-Per-View numbers were disappointing would be an understatement.
Top Rank’s Bob Arum, chose not to sugar coat the numbers when he spoke to ESPN.com. “The Pay-Per-View numbers sucked. It did only about 190,000. It’s very disappointing.”
Of course, both promoters blamed the economy. Taking a look at the undercard would never be taken into consideration. However, that is another story for another time. This article’s sole purpose is for me to finally close the book on “Pavlik vs Hopkins” by listing the top five “winners” and “losers” of “Unstoppable.”Winners
5. Youngstown, Ohio: Although the thousands that traveled to Atlantic City to cheer on their native son did not feel like winners once the opening bell rang, they did prove to be the most passionate boxing fan base on this side of the Atlantic. They were enthusiastic and loud, and they resembled the crowds that one would be more likely to find at a high school basketball game than at a prize fight.
Pavlik may make his return to the Middleweight Division at the Chevy Center in Youngstown, Ohio. Now there’s an idea that would have to be considered a “win-win” for the Youngstown faithful, and their economy.
4. Golden Boy Promotions: Along with Top Rank, Golden Boy Promotions currently has the healthiest stable of boxers in the business today. Many of the fight cards that they co-promote, feature fighters from each stable facing off against each other. Although everyone claims that the competition is friendly; no one could dispute that it had been one-sided in favor of Top Rank.
That was until Bernard Hopkins
not only pulled an upset, but did damage to Kelly Pavlik
’s legacy and earning potential. With the Golden Boy himself a heavy favorite to do the same to Top Rank’s Manny Pacquiao, it could be a big fourth quarter for GBP.
3. Press Row: It took three rounds or less for those in press row to realize that they were witnessing a performance for the ages. It was also at that time that the “experts’ began to realize that they were going to have to think of a new headline for their fight report. But what made this night truly special was that following the final bell, B-Hop turned them into supporting actors.
HBO cameras are strategically placed over the heads of Press Row, so that the viewers at home could pick out the celebrities at ringside. On this night Bernard brought focus to the dimly lit side of the ring. He wanted to look into the eyes of those that doubted him, and gave everyone sitting behind their laptop a story to tell their grandchildren.
2. Marco Antonio Rubio: Although Rubio’s bout against Enrique Ornelas was contested for the right to become Pavlik’s WBC mandatory challenger; few thought the winner would actually end up across the ring from the “Ghost”. Not only were fans looking forward to potential scraps with Abraham or Calzaghe, but HBO had already passed on Pavlik vs Rubio.
Rubio took care of business, and now it looks like he will be the one to welcome Pavlik back to the Middleweight Division. A bout that once seemed far-fetched, has already been approved; and Rubio will be considered dangerous against a potentially vulnerable Pavlik.
1.Bernard Hopkins: Obviously!