Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Note to Calzaghe: Boxing is Not Dying!

Calzaghe looks even more foolish with recent comments than in his narrow points win over Hopkins

So far, and probably a done deal, the biggest PPV buy of 2008 was not UFC 91, where hulking behemoth Brock Lesnar turned the MMA world upside down with a 2nd round KO, title-winning victory over Randy Couture, but rather from a "dying sport" between two fighters who each weigh half what Lesnar's thigh weighs.

Joe Calzaghe, the shoo-in Hall of Famer who convincingly beat fellow future HOF'er Roy Jones Jr., was recently quoted by PA Sport via Fightnews as saying that "boxing is a dying sport."

This after Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao recently garnered 1.25 Million PPV buys as per Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank, Inc., which was 25,000 fewer than expected but better than any other event in this recession and weak undercard.

Sour grapes by Calzaghe? Maybe.

While it is not Calzaghe's fault that he came at a time when the best fighters this side of the Atlantic were already in their twilight, Calzaghe should not admonish the sport which has brought him wealth and fame simply because of bad timing. Charley Burley could only have been so lucky.

The sad part is that it will be a while until Pacquiao, who seems to be boxing's current cash cow, finds a suitable dance partner. Yes, there's Ricky Hatton, but then the names that will generate a mainstream boxing buzz fizzles. Especially in the USA where big PPV's are saddled with small undercards.

However, as long as HBO, Showtime, ESPN2, and Telemundo begin building their own stars aka showcasing no-name fighters with exciting styles and some "nurtured" personalities, boxing will always limp to the finish line rather than sprinting across the opposition. But nevertheless, boxing will carry on, even if their faded stars cannot.

Pac-Man may never sell as many albums as fights, but right now he may be boxing's biggest cash cow


  1. While boxing isn't exactly dead, I do think it needs a little CPR from somebody.

    And MMA fighting, far more exciting and multi dimensional, has definitely taken away some of boxing's thunder.

  2. While I will agree that a little resuscitation could only help, I must say that MMA is not the problem entirely.

    Yes it has taken some money away from boxing as well as pro wrestling but it has never made single PPV numbers like boxing.

    I really thought the Lesnar-Couture match would do the trick, but nope.

    BTW, in what weight division did you fight?


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