Monaghan opens PPV with win

Seanie Monaghan took another step toward a place many folks didn't think he would get to -- pay-per-view land -- with a win over Anthony Caputo-Smith on Saturday night.

No, he didn't headline the card, which unfolded at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas. But that he opened the pay-per-view portion of the card topped by a Timothy Bradley Jr.-Juan Manuel Marquez welterweight scrap was something of a marvel, considering he was dismissed by many -- and not just snobs, either -- as being a lunch-pail sort who was good for selling seats at local club shows, and that's it. But promoter Bob Arum saw something in the light heavyweight, and Monaghan showed Arum that Top Rank's investment in Seanie is a good one.

The Long Beach, Long Island resident Monaghan (19-0) stopped Caputo-Smith in Round 3, raking him with combos on the ropes. He landed left hooks and nasty rights when Smith was backed up against the ropes. Monaghan sometimes forgets to move his head, but to be honest, that's part of his charm. We can see him, at 32, maybe getting matched with a Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in a year or so. Smith, from Pennsylvania, dropped to 14-2.