QUOTE (Fitz @ Nov 8 2010, 02:49 AM)
I think Showtime tends to have the fights for the true boxing fans. HBO seems to be the 'pop music' of all of this. They tend to focus on names to get the simple minded boxing fans interested, and don't always have relevance to the division. Showtime appears to have fights that boxing should be about.
Darchinyan-Mares and Agbeko-Perez double header coming up soon as well on Showtime (I think, as Vic is a Showtime fighter).
When Lou Dibella was running things and prior to Lou, HBO boxing was much better than it is now. Lou knew how to build fights on a fight by fight basis, working with individual promoters for the best fights. Ross Greenberg and Kery Davis don't do that. They look for a "rising star" to sign to a long term contract of mediocre HBO fights looking to build up the manufactured star, often to an undeserved PPV pay-day. They get intimidated when stars like Jones or Floyd Mayweather wanted "least risk" for the "most money" fights. But that's what you get when you sign fighters to multi-fight contracts. HBO's current boxing department thinks that its better to manufacture a "star" that they think is good so Lampley can do the promoting of their long term contract fighter by shaking the pom-poms for him. HBO thinks that the public just wants to go ga-ga over their house fighters, which are now pretty much controlled by Delahoya's Golden Boy Promotions and Al Haymen.
They are intimidated to say no to anything Oscar or Al does because all of their budget, their bread and butter for boxing currently is contingent on trying to make names out of Oscar's and Al's fighters with less of an emphasis on quality matchmaking than in the past.
Showtime did the same OHHH AHHH and Ga-Gaing over Tyson like he could do no wrong when he was on their network. They were in bed with King and his fighters, just like HBO is in bed now with Oscar's and Al's fighters. When Tyson lost, it was Jay Larken who came up with the great idea of moving away from the PPV model for big fights, working with individual promoters on a fight by fight basis to make the big fights happen. Actually, I think when they made Corrales-Castillo II a PPV of a rematch of the greatest action fight probably ever seen, and it bombed financially, Showtime realized what HBO can't get through their thick heads. That PPV is not always the big bonanza that HBO thinks it is, and that the best fights would be better served by simply subscribing to Showtime. Showtime also moving away from one to two main promoters (Delahoya and Haymen) in HBO's case to work individually with selected promoters and fighters to get the fights that the fans want to see.
HBO for the most point puts on the fights that Delaoya and Hayman want them to put on. Showtime puts on the fights that are the most competitive and appealing to the fans.
PS. HBO has way better movies than Showtime, because they have the bigger budget.