Years ago I went to several fights downtown in the theaters and the place was electric!!!
Hagler-Hearns: The most vocally excited and insane crowd ever for a fight! I screamed so loud after that first round I had laryngitis for two days after!
Also saw Hagler-Duran, Hagler-Mugabi, and Leonard-Hagler on Closed-Circuit.
Could you have imagined what Corrales-Castillo I would have been like in a closed circuit setting!!!!!! HOLY SHIT!!!!!
Times have changed, and the crowds have gotten smaller because of the influx of PPV. My friend went to Mayweather-Marquez and there were only about 20 people there! It's not the same. But he was in a small town where people don't really care about boxing.
In the past-You had to pay about $30 for a closed circuit ticket. The recent showings for the last big Mayweather and Pacquaio fights, for which closed-circuit is being tried again have reduced prices at $15-$20. There some downsides to think about:
1.) There AFAIK is no liquor license at the theaters, so for many of my fight people, that's an immediate turn off.
2.) By the time you get food and other crap at the theater, that $15 ticket with just a few friends, equals the cost of the $60 PPV.
3.) You don't know who is going to be sitting next to you. My friend said that for Mayweather-Mosley, the people next to him were complete jerks.
4.) No bathroom just a few feet away.
Is the picture really better today? Even with the advent of HDTV technology on people's 40-60 inch screens? In years past, the picture at times was fuzzy. And I know of several instances where signal transmissions were lost on closed-circuit telecasts. They usually get them back right away.
I researched closed circuit locations in my state, and learned back in 1974 that the video part of Ali-Foreman went out from rounds 2-6, where fans only got a radio broadcast! UGGHHH! It came back on in round 7. Amazingly, the fans were OK and just listened to it like it was a radio transmission during the time it was out.
Keeping the above in mind, people should still try to go. I made a post of Mayweather-Ortiz locations a few weeks ago. Here is the link again:http://www.fathomevents.com/sports/event/m...ther_ortiz.aspx