QUOTE(lloyd mayflower @ Feb 14 2009, 05:32 AM) [snapback]425080[/snapback]
Even by boxing promoters loose moral code this is a fucking disgrace. a clear statement that dollars are more important than sportsmanship, honesty, and the life of another sportsman, which would have been at risk if it wasn't for Shane doing such a fine job of smashing Margarito's face in. i hope more fighters have the balls to come out in the press and slaughter arum for this and make an example of him for being a greedy selfish prick
I have often categorized boxing's fan base/historians in these types of groups:
1.) Casual boxing fans: Who enjoy the sport, but won't bend over backwards to protect an overt wrong doing.
2.) Serious Boxing Fans: Enjoy the sport, may have some ability to use the Internet, their writing abilities to assist in policy making and fairness to the sort.
3.) Promoters: Most just care about the dollar signs spinning around in their heads, nothing more and nothing less
4.) Boxing Historians: Present a lot of facts and information about the sport, can help sometimes with policy making, but often aren't well rehearsed enough with current trends to make proper decisions.
5.) Hero-Worshipers: This is the sad part. I think that we are seeming in boxing (and many other sorts) Hero Worshipers. They are rabid fans but they don't care about the issues of fairness and integrity to our sport. Some may not have the knowledge to do so, they just want to root for their guy.
The Hero Worshiper defends the athlete no matter how right or wrong his actions are in the sport. Even if the fighter does something immoral or illegal, they don't care. Chavez for example could be convicted of killing two people outside of Mexico. Trinidad could go on a rampage and beat the shit out of of two guys, but the Hero Worshipers in Puerto Rico and Mexico would still either think he did nothing wrong, or use all the loopholes of a defense attorney to see that the accolades were given to the athlete even if he was convicted of bad shit in other parts of the world.
BOB ARUM AND JOSE SULAIMAN ARE COUNTING ON THE SMALL GROUP OF MARGARITO'S HERO WORSHIPERS IN MEXICO AND OTHER LATIN-AMERICAN COUNTRIES WHO DO NOT HAVE TO HONOR THE REVOCATION OF MARGARITO'S OR HIS TRAINER'S LICENSE. THIS IS FUCKING POLITICAL BULLSHIT!
Here are some examples showing the negative effects of Hero Worshiping to other boxers in their native countries by fans and commentators regardless of good, bad, or neutral outside the ring activities.
The fighter doesn't even have to do bad things, or criminal acts. He can be a good guy who is over-rated as a fighter, but there are certain venues that don't care. No matter how many times he got beat, Frank Bruno had hero worshippers in England, Rickey Hatton could do no wrong in Manchester. Tyson could do no wrong to the Showtime Commentary team, Pernell Whitaker, Zab Judah, and Ring Magazine could do no wrong for Max Kellerman. Ali and Leonard could do no wrong to Howard Cosell And Margarito because he represents Mexico and still will have a huge Hero Worship status to Bob Arum and the WBC because the WBC has shown a favorable advantage to Mexican fighters. Bob Arum plays off that Mexican-Latin-American fan base for most of his cards in the last 10 years.
The problem is that two many political structures in boxing are counting on Hero Worship fans to keep Margarito in boxing outside of the USA so that Arum can preserve his meal ticket. It's time for common sense to prevail over hero worshiping where the whole rest of the world (Margarito's remaining Hero Worshipers in Mexico not withstanding) to bash Margarito, his trainer, and all parties, especially Arum. There is safety in numbers and if the media throughout the world bashes Margarito fighting anywhere in the world until his year long revocation is up (at least) boxing will be better off in this regard.
If Bob Arum and Antonio Margarito succumb to Hero Worshipers instead of being real men and honoring the revocation, it could do irreparable harm to boxing.