The pro boxing broadcasting industry historically for many moons has shown pay per view main events one week later, on replay.
It’s almost been written in stone, and a welcome gift to the more frugal fight fans.
I spoke to one of them today. Steve, age 45, lives in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. We were chatting about the Aug 26 clash of titans pitting Floyd Mayweather against Conor McGregor.
“I won’t buy it,” said Steve, who told me he is a pretty big boxing fan and that he digs MMA as well. “I fought in three MMA smokers, in Mexico, ten years ago,” Steve told me.
“Anyway, I think Floyd wins easy. I will watch the replay the week after.”
I didn’t have the heart to tell him he won’t.
That’s because Showtime, I figured, wants people to get on board Saturday night Aug 26 and be part of the hullabaloo.
“We will not be replaying this fight the following week, as has traditionally been done with boxing PPVs,” Showtime communications exec Chris Deblasio informed me.