Originally Posted by lufcrazy
You're missing the point stoney. The racket is neither here nor there.
The belts have prestige, when a man hold the belt he calls himself a champion. He claims to be a champion.
A belt is a title claim. The organisations might be corrupt but the fighters strive to hold them belts and whilst that prestige remains, so must their importance.
No -the prestige those belts are accorded comes not from the fighters' outlook on them, but from the media
. If the media ever decides to stop intellectually financing them, the prestige of the belts will diminish exponentially and the fighters will begin to resent being extorted for sanctioning fees for something that is ignored, that has zero prestige.