Originally Posted by Scar
Far more money in other sports(mainly NFL) and less risk of death or serious injury.
The less risk of serious injury is a myth that the NFL does a masterful job of perpetuating. The injury rate for college and professional football players is insane, and they get the same amount of brain damage a boxer does.
The helmets and pads contrasted against gloves and a bare face create an illusion of safety that isn't there in reality. But, since parents still perceive the myth as the truth, they still gladly sign their kids up for football while being horrified at the prospect of them becoming a boxer.