Originally Posted by Unforgiven
It's been explained over and over.
You clearly haven't been reading Pepe's threads.
You are criticizing without having even grasped the basic theory.
The "richest prize in sports" was getting very stale when Liston defeated Patterson twice. The press were openly writing that there were no big paydays out there for Sonny. Or a very limited supply. He'd defeated just about everyone and all the others would have been considered mismatches. He was not popular, and he was unlicensed to box in many major fight centres.
Liston's promoters brought champion Clay v ex-champion Patterson to Las Vegas, post-Lewiston. They must have made a lot of money, and if mob-connected they must have profitted from Vegas casino fight weekend revenue.
At least you got the underlined bit right.