4 Reasons Why Skip Bayless Knows Nothing About Boxing
“Most People Don’t know shit about boxing!” Roger Mayweather’s motto has firmly been established its mindshare in the mental foyers of many die hard boxing fans house. Not only does this statement offer comedic fodder, it also is rooted in fact. Outside of the ring, the fans surround sport. The fan base is divided among casual and die hard alike.
Die hards tend to have a deeper knowledge of the events surrounding the sport and it’s history while casual fans are generally aware of what is presented to them in the package of promotional hype and it’s aftermath.
The counterparts usually have a source in common- sports analysts. Analysts are paid to “know” sports. But what happens when an analyst does not? I’m going to give you 3 reasons why Skip Bayless knows nothing about boxing.
1. Skip Bayless does not know PPV numbers
In attempt to produce a counterpoint to ESPN analyst Stephen A’s claim of Mayweather being the biggest draw in boxing, Bayless stated “he [Pacquiao] is at the least as big a draw as Mayweather.” Unfortunately Skip, you’re wrong. It is irrefutable that Floyd Mayweather is boxings biggest PPV draw. Mayweather has earned more PPV buys than every Pacquiao PPV event. At the most, Pacquiao is a runner up to Floyd in PPV sales. With Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd did S18.4 million. Pacquiao did $14.3. With Mosley, Floyd did $11.1 million while Pacquiao did $8.8. With Hatton, Floyd did $10.4 million while Pacquiao hit another $8.8. And both bouts against Clottey and Margarito fell short of what Mayweather pulled with Ortiz.
2. Skip Bayless does not know boxing history
In an attempted to counterpoint Stephen A. Smith with the notion that no one in the history of boxing ever talks up a fight, or builds fights with theatrics by insinuating Ali would have never talked up a fight with any body and that Ali would have just jumped into the ring without employing and hype tactics- namely grandstanding and trash talking. Unfortunately Skip Bayless, you’re egregiously incorrect again. We all know the history of Ali. While Ali is a great man who is known as the greatest of all time, we also know him as the greatest hype man of all time who regularly deployed his greatest weapon- trash talking.
3. Skip Bayless does not have his finger on the boxing world’s pulse
Another gem offered by Skip Bayless came in the form of an interjected counterpoint that was not really a counterpoint because the statement Skip served up did pertain to what Stephen A. Smith was addressing at all. Skip Bayless quoted Mosley’s post fight analysis that he had never been in the ring with anyone as quick and power as Pacquaio. Sadly (which is to be expected at this point), Skip Bayless must not be aware of Sugar Shane Mosley’s recent interview with FightHype’s Ben Thompson where he states “Mayweather was faster than Pacquiao.” Another fail.
4. Skip Bayless thinks Pacquiao will KO Mayweather in 4 rounds
Stephen A. Smith’s reaction to Skip Bayless believing Pacquiao will KO Mayweather within 4 rounds. Priceless.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion- rampant or not. But the truth is, we hold sports analysts to a different standard. Skip Bayless seems to believe that Pacquiao will finish Mayweather inside of four rounds. Knowing Pacquiao was unable to corner and finish a 39 year old Sugar Shane Mosley who used marginal footwork to evade Manny, knowing Manny could not not break the guard of Joshua Clottey who stood directly in front of him, knowing Cotto extended their bout all the way to the 12th round by using his feet- how can Skip Bayless possibility believe Manny will successfully accomplish with Mayweather what he could not against opponents who are not in the same league as Floyd? He seems to think this way because he doesn’t know boxing.
Does Skip Bayless know boxing? Stephen A’s face says it all.
During this entire debate with Stephen A. Smith, Skip Bayless only offered opinion based on emotion. No technical analysis. Why does ESPN allow Skip Bayless to talk boxing? We think it’s because Skip Bayless continues to disrespect Floyd Mayweather.