It’s being said that boxing is a dying sport. The heavyweight category has historically been the draw with legends like Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, George Foreman and Michael Spinx, being the fighters to carry the sport’s prominence. Now, the “heavy weight” is a welterweight, and aside from Floyd Mayweather, Jr. there are no “big names” in this sport. As such, critics say the sports is dying. Now there may be numbers to prove it.
Yesterday, ESPN‘s Dan Rafael leaked info that the buy numbers for Saturday’s pay-per-view fight between Mayweather and Guerrero were not good. He took to twitter saying:
“No official PPV #’s yet for Floyd but 2 industry sources tell me they look bad (under 1M). We’ll see. If true, heavy $$ losses for Showtime,” Rafael wrote.
The highly demanded fight between Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquaio will never happen and it seems that boxing fans may be wavering. Is the fight really worth paying for?
Guerrero is a good fight and he was a worthy opponent, but until recently, he was a no-name boxer. Mayweather was much more subdued and we didn’t get the loud, boisterous, flashy taunting that we usually see from the ego-driven boxer. According to an article in Yahoo! Sports:
Mayweather and his people had full creative control over the prefight documentaries used to hype the fight, but they opted for fawning adulation over buy-inducing controversy. Frankly, a good number of people like to hate Floyd and buy his shows so they can root for the other guy. The pre-fight promotion for this show failed to whip the enemies into a buying frenzy.
Still, it’s still too early to assume and premature to draw such a conclusion. I do believe boxing needs a good heavy weight fighter to re-energize the sport.
We love to hate Mayweather, but carrying the entire sport is weight even he can’t bear.
What do you think?
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