So according to most sources, the much-anticipated super fight between Manny Pacquaio and Floyd Mayweather Jr. is off. This fight would have been the largest grossing fight in boxing history and made both fighters 2 of the richest men in the world. The whole debate is stemming from how the drug testing is to be administered.
Lets save the mumbo jumbo on this one. This whole situation is just another reason professional boxing today is a sham. How many avid sports fans can name the current Heavyweight Champion of the world? If you were wondering, there are currently three of them. The Klitscho bros and David Haye. There was a time when the Heavyweight Champion of the world was one of the most recognized and distinguishable sports figures in the world. Also, if this fight were to happen, how many of you would be willing to put up the bucks to watch it on paperview? Better get a group together to have a party to watch this one. There was also a time when big time fights used to be shown on regular cable. Imagine that!
The sport has really gone off the deep end. There are way too many titles. There are far too many weight divisions. Not enough fights are shown on generic television. And frankly, it is just extremely difficult to follow. The last major event that I really can vividly remember is the image of Mike Tyson biting at Evander Holyfield’s ear. That was almost 15 years ago. Where has the last decade gone for this sport?
Boxing has truly become all about the money. Any integrity that the sport ever had, has all but vanished. So this whole recent debate that is going on between Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank. Is it real? In my opinion no. I feel that the entire debate that is going on now is staged, and a way to stall and add some extra hoopla to the fight. People will do anything to make an extra buck right? This fight will happen. There is too much money involved for it not to occur. It is just a matter of when.
So what are your thoughts on the sport of boxing today? Can the sport be saved? And finally, will this fight occur?
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