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Old 12-07-2012, 07:27 PM   #20
IntentionalButt
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Default Re: The next PPV star will have to beat Mayweather or Pac

Get it through your heads - boxing doesn't need a PPV star.

It doesn't need any stars, period.

They're all well and nice, but not really necessary.

Boxing isn't going anywhere if there isn't a marquee name that people outside of hardcore fandom recognize.

Those of you who think so, live in a weird fantasy world. You're probably the same type who succumb to irrational celebrity worship and follow the tabloids religiously.

Think for a minute about how much ****ing boxing there is. Go to Boxrec, and tab through day-by-day and see how many ****ing cards there are around the world on a given week, in a given month, in a given year. A handful involve big stars. A tiny, minuscule sliver of all the boxing that exists is contested between household names.

Promoters will continue to promote the sport and make a profit from it on various levels (from local scrubs with 5-3 records duking it out without any cameras present in pubs, to regional-grade prospects in showcases on limited-availability networks such as SNY and the like, to ESPN2 FNF, up to ShoBox and HBO BAD & WCB...) no matter who the top "pound for pound" talents are, or how much PPV $ they generate, or whether there even is any PPV...

The entire financial infrastructure of boxing as a business - of staging events where pugilists go head to head for prize money in front of an audience under the Queensbury rules - isn't going to vanish or collapse just because of the absence of big flashy PPV events or the stars to push them. Only a tiny minority of all the promoters, managers, trainers, and boxers in the business ever get a taste of all that money anyway. Combined they represent a negligible fraction of the sport.

Do people really not understand this?
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