By William Trillo
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IF Bob Arum and Top Rank think they are doing anyone any favors by offering Manny Pacquioa vs. Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas on June 9th to “Sin-City” high rollers & PPV customers only, they are gravely mistaken.
IF the promoters don’t want to admit it someone has to. Boxing is threatening to become a niche sport and it desperately needs to build a new fan base.
IF the two biggest stars in boxing, Pacquiao and Mayweather only fight on PPV, and once or twice a year at best, how will boxing climb out of the deep hole it has dug for itself?
IF they, (the greedy promoters), keep holding fights in Las Vegas, where the majority of tickets go to the wealthy and high rollers on casino comps, and they take virtually every big fight and put it on PPV in an economy that is hurting, how can they rebuild their fan base?
IF they keep putting the sport behind the green wall of ca$h where only the rich and well off will be able to climb over it, how will good World Championship boxing become accessible to fans from every class of every demographic?
IF they put more top fights on regular HBO & Showtime, fans will flock to the screen and interest and the much needed buzz will build.
AND correct me if I am wrong, but the Super Bowl and the NFL playoffs are not on PPV. Ditto for the MLB playoffs and the NBA. The biggest events in those sports are free. Is it any wonder that over 100 million watched the Giants-Patriots Super Bowl, and new fans were created in droves?
AND it’s hard to question that boxing is the worst run sport in all of sports, even worse than the NCAA. The inmates (promoter’s & fighters) are running the asylum.
AND for all the power of HBO, the greedy fighters and promoters force them into putting fights on PPV and are ruining the sport.
AND every city in America is filled with young kids, ghetto kids, trying to escape, and they fall in love with boxing. How ironic and despicable it is that these kids, who adore boxing, cannot watch the best fights because they can barely afford to buy food. Wake up Boxing and smell the thorns.
BUT, boxing will not learn from its mistakes and will keep putting shows like Pacquiao vs. Bradley on PPV. Does anyone think this fight will not end badly? If I was a betting man I would put my hard earned money on this fight ending by a technical decision because it ain’t going the distance. I fully expect Timothy Bradley to do what he does best, and that’s using his bulbous head as a battering ram that will butt and open up a vicious cut over Pacquiao’s eye that will force an early stoppage. This fight is destined to go to the scorecards early and boxing fans who shell out their dollars will have to suffer through another fight that will come to an untimely and controversial end.
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