After seeing how popular Paul the Octopus was for picking the World Cup correctly, Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions decided they should try a similar gimmick. In advance of Saturday’s rematch between Juan Manuel Marquez and Juan Diaz, Golden Boy decided to have an octopus from the Mandalay Bay Shark Reef Aquarium pick the fight’s winner. Only they named their octopus Oscar. And he really didn’t choose anyone but they think he picked Marquez. And the video is pretty weak. But since we told you about the gimmick and it sounds much cooler than it really is, we must show you the video per rule V section 107 of the sports blogging code. Here it is. We would advise you to skip to a certain point in the video but it’s pretty much all the same — an octopus floating around in a tank.
We also like Marquez in the fight. And we didn’t even need a cephalopod to tell us that.
Vegas Octopus picks Marquez to beat Diaz [LA Times]