Pay-Per-Pew: Miguel Vazquez and Mickey Bey Fight A Stinker

miguel-vazquez,-mickey-bey

Mayweather Promotions' boxer Mickey Bey got a sweet opp, as a result of who he knows, and took on Miguel Vazquez in the second PPV bout, on the Floyd Mayweather-Marcos Maidana undercard, on Saturday night.

Vazquez is a pretty darned fan unfriendly fighter, and his showing in this outing was no different. Bey, not a great initiator, was not a great choice to complement Vazquez, and this fight lacked drama, lacked a collision of styles and tactics and generally underwhelmed. After 12 rounds, about ten rounds after most watchers checked out, we went to the scorecards. Bey won by scores of 115-113 for Bey, 115-113 for Vazquez, 119-109 for Bey, a split nod.

Steve Farhood saw it 116-112 for Vazquez.

Vazquez went 89-404 to 81-394 for the winner.

The fans, they didn't win. This fight should not have been on a pay per view, and that it was told you, the fan, how some people think of you.

Bey was 20-1-1, and came from Ohio, and lives in Vegas. The IBF 135 champ Vazquez was 34-3, and lives in LA.

In the first, Vazquez moved, and landed a long jab to keep the distance he wanted. In the second, Bey was second, but tried to initiate a bit more. Vazquez is one of the smartest, slickest defenders in the sport and he did that well in the second. In the third, Bey landed some jabs and this round looked much like the fourth. They banged heads and it hurt the nose of Vaz in the third. Both men showed some hand speed, and patience and an aversion to being hit through five.

In the seventh, Bey tried to land but the defensive wiz Vazquez slipped too smartly, and then held. Vaquez was up 77-75 through eight. My interest ended long before that. They both did what they did before for the next several rounds, and we went to the cards. Mercifully, as Mauro Ranallo noted…

WATCH RELATED VIDEOS ON BOXINGCHANNEL.TV

Comment on this article

COMMENTS

-Skibbz :

[video=youtube;ui1bKsVgflE]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ui1bKsVgflE[/video]


-Radam G :

All those darn Sin City crooks should be arrested. Holla!


-Skibbz :

All those darn Sin City crooks should be arrested. Holla!
It's soul destroying. They should be anchored and dropped into the Pacific.


-The Commish :

You can't really blame the judges. Ghey were nodding off to sleep during the non-fight. Each time the bell rang they woke up, but only for a few moments. Many of us said, right here on TSS, not too expect very much out of this matchup. So, I didn't expect anything close to "Fight of the Year." Let's eee what Mickey Bey now does with the title. But please, no rematch! -Randy G.


-Skibbz :

Let's see what he does indeed, there are a ton of competent operators who can give him a run for his title. But him being with MP, fighting in Vegas and all those crooks then I guess we won't see much. Looks like T Crawford is vacating north too so I wouldn't be surprised if Bey gets a shot at another title to add to his cabinet. Horrendous.


-oubobcat :

You can't really blame the judges. Ghey were nodding off to sleep during the non-fight. Each time the bell rang they woke up, but only for a few moments. Many of us said, right here on TSS, not too expect very much out of this matchup. So, I didn't expect anything close to "Fight of the Year." Let's eee what Mickey Bey now does with the title. But please, no rematch! -Randy G.
Please, please no rematch. And we can only hope too the days of Miguel Vazquez fighting on tv are done. But he is advised by Al Haymon...I can see it now, Vazquez-Salka this fall on Showtime. As for the scoring, I had it 117-112 for Vazquez. I rarely score even rounds but had one of those in this fight. There were so many close rounds though I could see the argument for Bey winning. But Vazquez winning only one round, I don't think so. Bey's "title" reign will depend on how well he is matched. He is with TMT and my guess would be is that he gets a ShoBox date sometime in December or January against an easy opponent and then gets a date on the next Mayweather undercard in May. That May date could be against Denis Shafikov who is the #1 contender in the IBF at Lightweight and I think Shafikov would easily take apart Bey.


-Domenic :

Didn't order the card, although almost caved in and did it at around 9:15 with a couple pops in me. The clincher was the putrid undercard, as well as college football diverting my attention. It was so appalling that it saved me $77 on my Verizon FIOS bill. Appreciated reading the updates here from Brownsugar; was jockeying between that and the espn twitter feed they have rolling there. I'm completely uninterested in the business side of boxing (I couldn't care less about a promoter's take or his great matchmaking skills in duping the public, etc), but have always wondered, as a guy who bought scores of PPV's in the 90's that were replete with meaningful fights from top to bottom, why they've discarded that paradigm. Let's say you're a non-TSS reader, an 'average' boxing fan, one who probably can't spell Golovkin but knows of Mayweather and Pacquiao. And let's say he shells out $77 on this thing. Wouldn't it make more sense to put together a compelling and competitive undercard, given the high profile nature of the night, and because you've got all these fringe consumers as a captive audience who will use this event as a barometer for buying future PPV's? If I'm a car salesman, and I'm trying to sell a guy a car, do I put the guy in a lemon for his test drive? These cards are lemons, and it makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. I understand that we'll never again see RJJ - Hopkins on an undercard (that was on regular HBO anyway), but last night was laughable. I'm hoping the card bombed, as that's the only way things will change, although I'm not holding my breath.


-Froggy :

I decided a few fights ago, Mayweather fights, that I will never pay to watch Mayweather fight again unless it's against Pacquiao ! The last few PPVs I have not bought, just watch on youtube the next day, maybe not in English, watched last nights fight about 2 hours ago !


-flackoguapo :

[quote=domenic;64254]didn't order the card, although almost caved in and did it at around 9:15 with a couple pops in me. The clincher was the putrid undercard, as well as college football diverting my attention. It was so appalling that it saved me $77 on my verizon fios bill. Appreciated reading the updates here from brownsugar; was jockeying between that and the espn twitter feed they have rolling there. I'm completely uninterested in the business side of boxing (i couldn't care less about a promoter's take or his great matchmaking skills in duping the public, etc), but have always wondered, as a guy who bought scores of ppv's in the 90's that were replete with meaningful fights from top to bottom, why they've discarded that paradigm. Let's say you're a non-tss reader, an 'average' boxing fan, one who probably can't spell golovkin but knows of mayweather and pacquiao. And let's say he shells out $77 on this thing. Wouldn't it make more sense to put together a compelling and competitive undercard, given the high profile nature of the night, and because you've got all these fringe consumers as a captive audience who will use this event as a barometer for buying future ppv's? If i'm a car salesman, and i'm trying to sell a guy a car, do i put the guy in a lemon for his test drive? These cards are lemons, and it makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. I understand that we'll never again see rjj - hopkins on an undercard (that was on regular hbo anyway), but last night was laughable. I'm hoping the card bombed, as that's the only way things will change, although i'm not holding my breath.

preach!!!!


-The Shadow :

Didn't order the card, although almost caved in and did it at around 9:15 with a couple pops in me. The clincher was the putrid undercard, as well as college football diverting my attention. It was so appalling that it saved me $77 on my Verizon FIOS bill. Appreciated reading the updates here from Brownsugar; was jockeying between that and the espn twitter feed they have rolling there. I'm completely uninterested in the business side of boxing (I couldn't care less about a promoter's take or his great matchmaking skills in duping the public, etc), but have always wondered, as a guy who bought scores of PPV's in the 90's that were replete with meaningful fights from top to bottom, why they've discarded that paradigm. Let's say you're a non-TSS reader, an 'average' boxing fan, one who probably can't spell Golovkin but knows of Mayweather and Pacquiao. And let's say he shells out $77 on this thing. Wouldn't it make more sense to put together a compelling and competitive undercard, given the high profile nature of the night, and because you've got all these fringe consumers as a captive audience who will use this event as a barometer for buying future PPV's? If I'm a car salesman, and I'm trying to sell a guy a car, do I put the guy in a lemon for his test drive? These cards are lemons, and it makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. I understand that we'll never again see RJJ - Hopkins on an undercard (that was on regular HBO anyway), but last night was laughable. I'm hoping the card bombed, as that's the only way things will change, although I'm not holding my breath.
Pray for Richard Schaefer's return. Just look at the cards BR -- Before Richard -- and post-Schaefer. It speaks VOLUMES. Loud and clear.


-deepwater2 :

Schaefer was a matchmaker at GBP? Or was tsAH the matchmaker behind the scenes? The Swiss banker is hopefully out of boxing until 2018. Oscar has his hands tied while dealing with all of the boxers the Swiss banker never bothered to sign to a GBP contract. Hopefully Bert Fields gets a chance at RS during the lawsuit. I wonder how many gold bars RS will have to pay Oscar to let him out of the contract? Or better yet, how many boxers will Al Haymon allow to sign GBP contracts in order to free RS?


-The Shadow :

Schaefer was a matchmaker at GBP? Or was tsAH the matchmaker behind the scenes? The Swiss banker is hopefully out of boxing until 2018. Oscar has his hands tied while dealing with all of the boxers the Swiss banker never bothered to sign to a GBP contract. Hopefully Bert Fields gets a chance at RS during the lawsuit. I wonder how many gold bars RS will have to pay Oscar to let him out of the contract? Or better yet, how many boxers will Al Haymon allow to sign GBP contracts in order to free RS?
No, he was the dealmaker. Like him or not, he's a supreme broker, one of the best in sports. And those are questions we still need answers to. It's not like Richard didn't try signing them; Al wouldn't let him. He does this with all promoters, which is the smart thing to do for a manager. Keep in mind, Oscar is doing the exact same thing, promoting fighters on a deal-by-deal basis without having paper on them formally. It's pretty easy to figure out which ones he does have rights to. His one lone, but huge, asset is Canelo Alvarez, which he's leveraging the hell out of to get back in the good HBO graces, willingly sacrificing a PPV payday to do so. And he may lose out on him in a month or two. Still a lot of interesting subplots to this soap opera. It's like Days Of Our Lives in this mutha.


-Skibbz :

Didn't order the card, although almost caved in and did it at around 9:15 with a couple pops in me. The clincher was the putrid undercard, as well as college football diverting my attention. It was so appalling that it saved me $77 on my Verizon FIOS bill. Appreciated reading the updates here from Brownsugar; was jockeying between that and the espn twitter feed they have rolling there. I'm completely uninterested in the business side of boxing (I couldn't care less about a promoter's take or his great matchmaking skills in duping the public, etc), but have always wondered, as a guy who bought scores of PPV's in the 90's that were replete with meaningful fights from top to bottom, why they've discarded that paradigm. Let's say you're a non-TSS reader, an 'average' boxing fan, one who probably can't spell Golovkin but knows of Mayweather and Pacquiao. And let's say he shells out $77 on this thing. Wouldn't it make more sense to put together a compelling and competitive undercard, given the high profile nature of the night, and because you've got all these fringe consumers as a captive audience who will use this event as a barometer for buying future PPV's? If I'm a car salesman, and I'm trying to sell a guy a car, do I put the guy in a lemon for his test drive? These cards are lemons, and it makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. I understand that we'll never again see RJJ - Hopkins on an undercard (that was on regular HBO anyway), but last night was laughable. I'm hoping the card bombed, as that's the only way things will change, although I'm not holding my breath.
Great comment. The fans are being held to random by a bunch of vultures willing to exploit them at every turn. It's like Stockholm syndrome, we know we're being held hostage yet we love them and can't stop shelling out month after month to keep them where they are. It's a ridiculous abuse of position and their position. Hmmm just thinking about it I wonder what the monopoly laws would say.. Anyhow, I too echo your feelings. The sentiments I've picked up since the fight from others are much the same; if the next PPV is not worth half the money it's sold for it's not going to be bought. I hope the suits wake up and improve the quality of their service..