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Manny Pacquiao’s Next Fight Set to C#%k Block UFC on Fox 5

Pound for pound boxing champ Manny Pacquiao‘s next fight has been scheduled for December 8th, the same night as the UFC’s next Fox network show. In the recent past when the UFC has had big shows scheduled the same night as major boxing events they’ve has hoped that earlier telecasts on would catch many viewers who were planning on watching boxing later in the evening.

Things may not have worked out that way for the UFC and this development of Pacquiao fighting on a date that the UFC had already set as a Fox event might end up taking away viewers from the MMA programming. Last May, the UFC on Fox 3 featured an exciting card headlined by a spectacular title contender’s fight between lightweights Nate Diaz and Jim Miller. The free to watch event was also followed, on pay per view, by Floyd Mayweather Jr. fighting Miguel Cotto.

The UFC’s numbers ended up going down from their prior two Fox shows, while Mayweather’s win had an excellent buy-rate on pay per view. The UFC’s “come pre-game with us before boxing,” strategy might be more successful this time around if Fox promotes the heck out of the event during football telecasts as it did last year for the Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos heavyweight title telecast.

Otherwise, the UFC had better hope that Fox is taking a qualitative and long-view of things because dropping ratings on network television are never good. The UFC on Fox events have been going up against some stiff competition, however.

This next one will go against Manny Pacquiao, the third went against Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto, and their last one, the superb fourth edition, went up against the highest rated summer Olympic games in history.

Either Fox is grateful to have original programming that draws away some of those blockbusters’ audiences, or they are impatient instant gratification types. Time will tell.

The UFC on Fox 5 will feature a lightweight title fight between champion Benson Henderson and challenger Nate Diaz. Pacqiuao will likely fight either Juan Manuel Marquez for a fourth time or Timothy Bradley for a second.

Marquez is a Mexican star who has fought Pac-Man more closely and competitively than anyone in the last eight years and is also perennially among the top 3-5 pound for pound boxers in the world. Bradley is a champion and warrior who went up in weight to fight Pacquiao and got thoroughly out-classed and beaten before getting a controversial gift decision from the judges.

One of these fights would be infinitely more compelling to watch than the other. Which one do you think the UFC would rather go up against, nation?

- Elias Cepeda

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MonkeyEarMuffs- September 4, 2012 at 5:19 pm
CaptainBackslap- September 3, 2012 at 6:26 am
UFC on Fox Cain vs. JDS was on the same night as Pacman vs. Jmm...

What's the big deal?
gruge- September 3, 2012 at 4:03 am
blaphtome- September 3, 2012 at 1:05 am
Paquiao vs Bradley was the last boxing match I'll ever pay to see; with the exception of Paquiao Mayweather. That dirty fuckin sport is finished and I'll be goddamn if those bastards are gonna sucker me into giving a shit about the Bradley rematch.
Boxing rules- September 3, 2012 at 12:48 am
UFC is whack SHITT!!! Until they throw in some hott chicks with some KY jelly, it will still be lame homoo entertainment with their rolling around trying to top each other. Boxing is the real sport. U heard it here first ladies.
cagedapotato- September 4, 2012 at 5:30 am
hey dumba55, boxing is part of MMA. every fight in mma starts standing. boxing is just one of the many styles in if your REALLY are a boxing fan, you wouldnt diss MMA, cos its BOXING + MUCH MUCH MORE, only if you understand the art of fighting instead of being a keyboard worrier, u redneck trailer park trash. boxing is the real sport ??? hahaha.. what r u still livin in a cave?? look at the reality dumb a55, MMA is growing leaps and bounds. every big country now has their own major MMA promotions, and to top it all, UFC is growing world wide. UFC is expending to japan, india, china ( three major markets) in 2013. UFC is GROWING boxing is DYING- face the facts.

boxing is a joke of a sport, and yea, u heard it right.
enrikk- September 3, 2012 at 9:09 am
Question: How many Republican politicians can you fit in a closet?
Answer: All of them.

If you look at the Republican party, you'll notice that the most boisterous homophobes are usually trying to hide their own homosexual tendencies (Larry Craig, Ted Haggard, Mark Foley, Bob Alan, Glenn Murphy...), and their outward aggression is only meant to mask their own self-loathing.

The same probably holds here, since you only see "gay men on top of each other", while the rest of us see a legitimate combat sport meant to render people unconscious or otherwise unable to defend themselves (the psychological term you're looking for is "projection"). And your love of boxing is probably because of the implied celibacy of avoiding everything below the waist while still getting your fix of male-male interaction. It must be like foreplay for people like you.
gruge- September 3, 2012 at 3:37 am
If your so fascinated by the idea of two men fucking that all you see " homoo entertainment" when watching a UFC event, I would start asking yourself some very searching questions.
Chri534.- September 2, 2012 at 9:24 pm
Let me clue you in, the UFC is not in danger. UFC IS the danger.
enrikk- September 2, 2012 at 9:31 pm
Haha, nice. Excellent use of a Breaking Bad reference.

And yeah, boxing..zzz..
UFC doesn't need to do anything new to compete with boxing. Just needs to wait until all the old people of this generation are too senile to turn their televisions on. Won't be long.
RSparrow- September 2, 2012 at 9:07 pm
Until Pacman fights Mayweather, boxing's pretty irrelevant to me.
Nealio- September 2, 2012 at 8:26 pm
Boxing, zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
jimbonics- September 2, 2012 at 5:55 pm
Free vs. Not Free.

The choice, she's a clear.