Originally Posted by shaunster101
"For marquee fights right now, it seems pay-per-view is the only route," Mick Hennessy told BBC Radio Nottingham.
"Everyone's going be disappointed that boxing's not on terrestrial television, because it's free to air and goes out to the masses.
"It's just right in this day and age, because it's hard for terrestrial TV to find the money that's necessary to make a fight like this."
Not sure what constitutes a marquee fight these days. Not so long ago (1984) there were 2 world champions from 160 -175lbs. Now there are currently, 11? Sure times change but clearly not in terms of quality. Much of the marketing of this fight relies on a pseudo 'world' title belt to draw fans in. Strip away that alphabet trinket and the gimmicky facade and packaging of the tournament and its foreign concept to boxing (of some of the better fighters in a division actually facing one another) and I wonder how it'd fare as a PPV event - given both boxers' last outings. Perhaps those at terrestrial tv have now cottoned on to that?
A serious question about Hennessy's last sentence above. This "money that's necessary", that would be a reference to what specifically? The whole promotion? The purses?