[quote]Aussie Davo wrote:
Dana White is continually saying that boxing is a dying sport… I beg to differ. Perhaps the HW division…
I feel like boxing is making waves in a big way. We all know who the top dogs are, but the match ups you mentioned are reaaallly intriguing… Especially Lara vs Canelo. It’s amazing exposure for Lara and if he wins, goddamn what a fight Mayweather vs Lara would be!
I don’t think boxing is ever going to outright die, for one thing, from a business perspective, there’s so much capital and wealth invested into boxing that you couldn’t kill it overnight if you actually wanted to.
It has however, been a victim of its own internal politics, business practices and competition with MMA.
To give credit where its due, the UFC has made a remarkable product. I’m not talking about MMA, I’m talking purely the product their business has produced. Its well advertised, they have a reality show that shoots up viewership, and its one, central, organization. Not to mention all the avenues they connect fans to the game and really get a locked in audience.
This means its easy to follow, its easy to know about both the big names and the up-and-comers and theres a distinct lack of the bullshit that hurt boxing - namely managers being able to cherry pick fights for their clients. Essentially, while you might have some say in the UFC, you WILL have to fight the best fighters and not wait until the money suits you to do so.
I think we should all appreciate that something like that has been achieved, whether you’re a fan or not.
Boxing has suffered from the problem of greed, too many organizations, too many prima donna fighters, too much of everything. I really think they could benefit from one central organization, one belt for every weight class and perhaps look at cutting some weight classes out. The reality is most guys these days do not fight at their natural weight, so why do we need all these interim weight classes?
I believe Mayweather was talking about maybe funding something similar to the UFC’s setup. The super-six tournament was a pretty good success and thats because it was easy to follow for the regular joe.
I firmly believe any ability of MMA to “kill” (hyperbole or not) boxing, is purely down to how the product is produced to the market, its not that MMA is more “exciting” or “evolutionary”. Because people said the same shit about muay thai and K1 back in the day, and that never went anywhere outside of europe and asia.