The Future of Boxing
Boxing is not dead contrary to what some people would like you to believe. Not yet. But the end is without a doubt near unless something is done to prevent it. The future of boxing is indeed bleak. And looking at the way things are today, it looks like the bleak future will arrive sooner than we expect. What's really unfortunate is that this demise is being caused by boxing unto himself. Of course there is the rising popularity of MMA especially the UFC but really the damage being done by MMA to boxing is much less compared to the damage boxing is causing upon itself. Boxing fans are not getting the fights they want. Instead of Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather Jr., we get Pacquiao vs Shane Mosley. Instead of Wladimir Klitschko vs David Haye, we get Klitschko vs Derek Chisora. Come one.
Through the years, the sport of boxing has produced icons, legends, heroes, celebrities or whatever you want to call them – boxers who transcended the sport, became famous, and recognized as well as adored not only by fans of the sport but by people outside boxing circles as well. Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, and Oscar dela Hoya to name just a few. These boxers became household names worldwide. There were also those that may not be as popular worldwide but at their home countries, they were treated like rock stars. Jesus Chavez of Mexico, Lennox Lewis of the United Kingdom, and Tito Trinidad of Puerto Rico are good examples. You can say that these boxers were lucky because they fought in eras where boxing is a popular sport. This is not to say that they would've been less successful had they fought in an era like today wherein professional boxing is not as popular as it used to.
Sports news whether it's on TV or print is proof of boxing's continuing decline. Only occasionally do they cover boxing events and news. If this continue to happen, the future of boxing will be as dark as ever.
Two months into the year 2011 and we have only seen a single meaningful fight – Nonito Donaire Jr. vs Fernando Montiel last February 19 at the Mandalay Bay Arena in Las Vegas. It was a good fight that ended quickly when Donaire landed a left hook into Montiel's jaw, knocking him out. If the sport of boxing can put up fights like Donaire Jr. vs Montiel in a regular basis (once a month, twice a month), then it can save itself from a sad and pathetic death. The big names in boxing today(Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Miguel Cotto, Sergio Martinez, David Haye, Wladimir Klitschko, Timothy Bradley among others) are a mere handful but if they go out there and fight the fights that the fans want, they can elevate the sport to higher grounds.
The future of boxing doesn't have to be bleak. The fighters, the boxing promoters, the fans and the TV networks can easily return boxing to where it used to be in terms of popularity and influence. If only they try.
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