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post Jun 25 2012, 07:32 PM
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I have been bringing this up over the past few weeks in regards to HBO. Their whole "the megafight is ours" attitude is leading to their demise.

1. Public display of nuthuggery (that word makes me laugh every time I hear it)
2. Putting waaay too much stock into network fighter that they "believe" will raise their ratings
3. Bad matchmaking
4. Lackluster performances in overhyped fights
5. 24/7 series is hit and miss

What I've seen from Showtime as of late, is great fights. Not sure if Im the only one who notices this, but it seems like fighters on that network, dont have this big fuckin' cloud of fighting to "measure up" against the expectations of the megafight.

On HBO, you have guy fighting in this "delusionally competitive" manner, and hoping to shine since this IS the "mgeafight" network. Guys are either overmatched and end up not living up to the hype, or they fight so cautiously (with bigger fights in mind) that they put on lackluster performances.

HBO is hanging on to the whole idea of this fight happening on their network, and they're slowly killing the network. Mind you, I watch EVERY fight that airs, regardless of the station, but watching Showtime gives me this feeling of relief, sort of like the weekend...no more answering phones, working with idiot coworkers & customers, no more listening to the same shit...you actually have a breather from the nonsense.

One more thing, has anybody noticed lesser known guys becoming upset artists and bigger names on Showtime? Think about it...

1. Back in 2010, Salido was fed to Gamboa to make him look good, but he fought Lopez on Showtime and became the man overnight.
2. Josesito Lopez (sp) was fed to Jessie Vargas to help Jessie become a star (and almost kicked his ass) and was totally forgotten about, but got an Ortiz bout in Showtime and scored an upset.
3. Ward was overlooked on HBO, and got dates on Showtime...now look at him.
4. Quillin was overlooked on HBO, but got a date on a decent card on Showtime. He was supposed to be in the FMJ/Cotto card, but nobody wanted to see it.

Thoughts? Anything to add?
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post Jun 26 2012, 03:27 PM
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Good points!

I like HBO better for movies, but I like Showtime better for boxing. I agree with what has been said. Since Dibella left, HBO seems to have been told to "Pom Pom" a star, and they feed that star, C+ competition trying to fatten him up for a $50-$60 PPV. HBO aliens themselves with say Golden Boy or Top Rank, or Mayweather Promotions, and all of their fights feed off of their cheer-leading powerhouses. That's often why when a house fighter loses, HBO will throw him under the bug, unless they can work with the few promoters that they work with to match the star against the same promoter's stable to build him up again. I think that for several years, someone is telling Jim Lamply to cheerlead for the promoter's "favorite" son, because he never used to be like that 15-20 years ago.

If Lou Dibella were still matchmaking the fights, there would be less nut-hugging at HBO, because Lou would look for the best potential for action fights against the strongest competition. HBO seems to reserve all of that for the $60 PPV.

Showtime has the smaller budget, but for boxing, they manage to do more with it. Tyson and King's fighters used to be pom-pomed back when Ferdie Pacheco and Bobby Czyz were at the network, almost as badly as Lamply's crusades for the HBO house fighters now. When Tyson lost, it opened up an avenue of new opportunities with Jay Larkin more willing to buy 1-2 fights rather than the long-term contract that HBO uses.

Despite the nuthugging commentary, HBO shines in having such a long-standing tradition of family oriented people at the network, whom the viewers know and can relate to better than Showtime. People have a strong embedded 30 year tradition of the guys calling fights at HBO. And Lamply may be a damn cheerleader, but when thrilling fights occur and his emotional impact is justified, like for Gatti Wars, or Morales-Barrera's fight series, or the Boxing After Dark Shows, there's no way that Showtime can match that type of intensity and drama.

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- Cshel86   Showtime is "Showing up"...HBO fakes it 'til they make it.   Jun 25 2012, 07:32 PM
- - daprofessor   ward and his ppl actually decided to fly under the...   Jun 26 2012, 01:17 AM
|- - Cshel86   QUOTE (daprofessor @ Jun 26 2012, 02:17 A...   Jun 26 2012, 10:08 AM
- - Franchize   If Showtime's cameras were as good as HBO, and...   Jun 26 2012, 11:15 AM
|- - daprofessor   QUOTE (Franchize @ Jun 26 2012, 11:15 AM)...   Jun 26 2012, 11:59 AM
- - Gambit808   Fuck it showtime has been killin it with the fight...   Jun 26 2012, 12:16 PM
- - Jack 1000   Good points! I like HBO better for movies, bu...   Jun 26 2012, 03:27 PM
|- - daprofessor   QUOTE (Jack 1000 @ Jun 26 2012, 03:27 PM)...   Jun 26 2012, 07:00 PM
|- - trickster   QUOTE (daprofessor @ Jun 26 2012, 08:00 P...   Jun 27 2012, 04:58 PM
|- - daprofessor   QUOTE (trickster @ Jun 27 2012, 05:58 PM)...   Jun 27 2012, 07:08 PM
|- - trickster   QUOTE (daprofessor @ Jun 27 2012, 08:08 P...   Jun 29 2012, 05:06 PM
- - Cshel86   Damn, I need to go back and research DiBella's...   Jun 26 2012, 09:39 PM
- - The Original MrFactor   Great Post. I've been saying this for a few ye...   Jun 27 2012, 07:04 PM
- - Hotsauce   showtime>>>>hbo   Jun 27 2012, 10:07 PM
- - Thickback   I've been saying for some time that Showtime i...   Jun 30 2012, 08:08 AM
|- - trickster   QUOTE (Thickback @ Jun 30 2012, 09:08 AM)...   Jun 30 2012, 10:02 AM
|- - Jack 1000   QUOTE (trickster @ Jun 30 2012, 10:02 AM)...   Jul 1 2012, 02:21 AM
- - fightscoreollector   I also think recently that SHO have been better th...   Jul 1 2012, 10:50 AM

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