Growing up in the late 70’s and early 80’s, I got to witness some of the best fighters on TV: Hagler, Duran, Hearns, Holmes, Mancini, TYSON! Those were some of the greatests fights in all of boxing, and to me, a golden age leading up to De La Hoya, Trinidad, Holyfield, Hamed and Morales in the 90’s. But now there are only 2 names left in boxing: Mayweather and Pacquiao. So why are we subjected to this boxing match on September 19th between Mayweather and Marquez??
I still keep up with boxing, a little bit. My father wanted me to be a boxer growing up and I thought I did too, so he and I would watch fights every weekend… until I learned about females, but that’s a whole different story. Anyway, not to take anything away from Marquez, he is a great fighter and he deserves a title shot, but boxing fans don’t want to see that shit. We want to see Manny and Floyd. That’s the fight that matters.
It’s no surprise that MMA and the UFC have blown up tremendously. I’ve watched the Ultimate Fighting Championship since UFC 1, and watching it grow over the years has been awesome. Now with The Ultimate Fighter reality show in it’s 10th season, the MMA audience is treated to a behind the curatin look at some of our favorite fighters and coaches, and that’s what makes the UFC so special, being able to identify with the fighters and watching them grow into champions.
Bob Arum still holds onto boxing with a tight grip, while some of his partners have embraced MMA, such as Golden Boy Promotions and Donald Trump. Maybe it’a a generational thing, but MMA is only getting more popular and generating more worldwide appeal. With Pay-Per-Views and International TV generating millions of views and dollars, I think Mixed Martial Arts will one day outshine many televised sports.