Boxing has had a litany of endemic ills that has been tearing the sport asunder for decades. Greed pig promoters who care only about $$$ & not the development of the sport. Outrageous, unworthy, overpriced, PPV's. Bad match ups, big fights never coming to fruition, basically a media black out & an assortment of other mistakes & neglects that have inevitably crippled boxing in the sporting public's view.
Then there's the UFC/MMA factor. This is a sport that has not only overtaken boxing but left it in the dust both with the media & young sports fans. Boxing, like horse racing is now an "Old Guy" sport populated by geezers living in the past & I'm including myself in this group. MMA is fresh, hip & attracts the young music & movie stars that help create the sports buzz. Boxing?
But all that is by no means boxing's biggest problem. What it boils down to is an incredible LACK of talent. Think about it: Not one boxing super star has been developed since 2000. Floyd & Pac? They won their first world titles in '97 & '98 respectively. Shane, Roy, Marquez, Hop etc. are all 90's & in Roy's & Hop's cases 80's fighters! Hell, we had a PPV last week featuring a fighter, Hopkins, from the freakin' 80's!
What the hell is up with that?
Not one fighter has been developed in the last almost 12 years that can fill an arena in the United States. That's pathetic. No sport can survive without regular infusions of young, vital, talent. Even Mexico has dried up. Going back almost 60 years to N.B.A. bantam champ, Raul "Raton" Macias Mexico has supplied a steady unending stream of fly's, banties & feathers who have developed into not only contenders but many champions & HOFers.
In my estimation Mexico has put out the BEST fighters of the last 60 years but not anymore... The last Mexican fighters to emerge & develop into champions was the Marquez brothers & again, 90's fighters. This isn't just happening in Mexico, it's happening all over the world. I talk to our correspondents in Latin America, Europe & the Far east & they all tell me the SAME thing: Young fighters want to go into MMA & have no interest in boxing because they see it as a dead sport & todays youth seem to suffer from attention deficit.
To today's youth a great fight like say Leonard-Hearns I would be a complete snore. Why? Simply because it takes too long. UFC fights are over quickly. Sitting around for 13 rounds is just too fucking boring when all you know is short attention span theatre.
10 years ago in an editorial I wrote: "Boxing is dead in America,, you just don't realize it yet..."
I can feel the rumbles. what about Pac & Floyd? When they fight it will revitalize the sport!
A this point they are both past their primes & should be on the 3rd match of a trilogy. Instead we got squa-doosh... & if & when they fight, it's one night. Then what? There is NOBODY to fill the gaping void...