This show was awesome........up until the fight.
The fight was complete and utter horsecrap. We saw absolutely NOTHING that amounted to any boxing at all. Too much editing, too many disjointed camera angles, too much crap from the crowd (I DO NOT CARE ABOUT MANFREDO'S WIFE AND DAUGHTER CHEERING HIM ON. WE NEED TO SEE THAT ONCE....PREFERABLY NONE).....too much swelling orchestral strings.....rubbish. Total rubbish.
This show looked awesome. I watched The Next Great Champ until it was cancelled, and I didn't mind it because that show was kinda bush league because the fighters weren't very good to begin. But these are professionally ranked contenders here. I was hoping to see these fights IN THEIR ENTIRETY.....
But, as it was, we see 5 rounds condensed into 2 minutes of slow cuts of punches, jabs, and inane footage of the crowd. Junk. Pure junk. If the producers knew anything about boxing--or sports in general--they'd leave the damn editing crap alone and just show all 5 rounds in their entirety. It's only 15 minutes. For a 1.5 hour show, there is nothing wrong with that. All this faux-hype and obstinate human drama completely killed what was really supposed to sell the show: the actual boxing matches.
That was by far the most frustrating and obnoxious sporting event I've ever seen. I will give this show one more week, maybe. I'll check it out next week, and if they do the same thing to next week's fight, then this show is over for me, and I'm willing to bet for TRUE boxing fans curious enough to tune in, it will be over for them too, and this show will be cancelled by the end of March.
You don't see American Idol quick cut through songs and show the audience's reaction every 5 seconds, do you? LEAVE THE GOD DAMN EDITING ALONE AND JUST SHOW US THE DAMN FIGHT.