QUOTE(mexi-cutioner @ Dec 8 2008, 12:35 AM) [snapback]415129[/snapback]
FU*K THIS S*IT!!!!!!!!!!!
But seirously, if there was a Trinidad vs De La Hoya II, realistically, how many PPV buys do u see this fight making?????
such two shot fighters I doubt much.
This has really been the year that fans have voted with their wallets in regards to PPV's.
The 24/7 series was an interesting gimmick but it seems to be running it's course. Sure the economic situation hasn't helped but the fans are getting too savvy to eat up any old shit.
Right now boxing only has 2 viable PPv stars, one is in semi-retirement and the other should now go ahead and retire.
Hatton? Yeah he lights up in Europe but agianst a guy like Paulie how many buys did he rake up in the states?
Roy and Joke C stunk out Madison Square Garden and their numbers were appalling, and even the excellent dismantling of Pavlik by Hops hardly registred on the mainstrean fans radar and di minimal buys.
As for Pavlik, Fitz I know you don't like him but I think Arum has mismanaged him horribly and putting him in with Hops was the WORST idea of 2008. In such a major recession a real blue colour fans favourite with a decent chin, heart and limited but effective ability could have, should have, been a much bigger national and international star than he his.
Cotto was moving along nicely to PPV superstardom before being put into Arum's second biggest mistake in 2008 where he got brutally derailed by some guy called Margarito and for bizarre and possibly suicidal reasons seems intent on ruining himself forever by getting back in the ring with him in 2009.
As for Tony, PPV wise he aint no ODLH, a likeable journeyman.
What are you left with?
Dawson? Manny? whom without the right dance partner did dismal numbers against Diaz? Berto or Ward? Doubtful.
Williams a ton of ability but is he a PPv star?
In fact I'm still to be 100% convinced in PBF's ability to headline a show without having a truly significant opponent.
The only 2 guys in PPV history who were bona fide stars who could fight the postman and still draw huge numbers were Tyson and Oscar. Tyson is long since gone and now Oscar appears finished.
However if PPV becomes a thing of the past or is greatly reduced is this such a bad thing? I think boxing is a noble and very tough sport to succeed in and I wish the fighters all the best and don't begrudge them their million dollar paydays.
I do begrudge the plurality of millions they receive for fighting sub standard opposition (oh it's my mandatory). Whatever.
An elite level fighter knows he only has to fight once a year and he's set.
Dump the PPV's fighters purses become less (though hardly slave wages) with less bucks out there hopefully fighters will be keen to fight more often, make bigger fights regularly and get theirs.
Funnily enough do you know when I think this will happen? When the 3 principles of Golden boy retire from the ring for good. Then I bet they put their businessmens hats on (like they've already displayed in certain situations) and start saying to their fighters, hey we'll get you the fights but you're gonna have to take a paycut.
The fighter will say , 'why.'
And Oscar, Shane and Nard can all chime in in unison, 'because back in the day we raped the networks of all their money!'