Pacquiao-Marquez II Was Gangbusters Business; Vera-Lee II Won’t Happen

This is great news: Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez II did 400,000 pay-per-view buys, a record for a bout at lightweight (135 lbs.) or under. It was a great fight, as was Israel Vazquez-Rafael Marquez III at 122 lbs., which had a nice live gate and appearances at ringside by the likes of Jack Nicholson and Sylvester Stallone. Taken together, it might be evidence that we’re moving toward a more non-heavyweightcentric worldview. Great fights are great fights. Who cares what their weight is? Which is not to say that there wasn’t some funny business from both sides in Pacquiao-Marquez. Thomas Hauser shined some light on the irregularities about the fight. Hmmm. Rematches of both Pacquiao-Marquez and Vazquez-Marquez are still possible, of course, but there will not be a Brian Vera-Andy Lee II. Vera’s promoter, Jeff Wald of the television “Contender” group, told “Not a chance on God’s earth… No reason to. Lee doesn’t mean anything. There is no upside to a rematch. There are better fights out there for Brian. There are more meaningful opponents. I’m very proud of what Brian did because nobody gave him a chance. Why should we do a rematch? What for? There’s better money elsewhere.” Too bad. I was curious whether Vera’s win over Lee was a flukey kind of thing or a real exposure of the talented middleweight (160 lbs.) prospect. And where’s this better money? The rematch could’ve been on the undercard with fellow middleweights Kelly Pavlik-Gary Lockett in June, so Vera’s going to have to get a better slot than that or he’ll have lost out on whatever heat there was in him upsetting Lee.

About Tim Starks

Tim is the founder of The Queensberry Rules and co-founder of The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board ( He lives in Washington, D.C. He has written for the Guardian, Economist, New Republic, Chicago Tribune and more.