QUOTE (Franchize @ Dec 24 2012, 10:41 AM)
Its incredibly disheartening. I think ppl dont realize how detrimental it is to the sport. It all goes back to the irresponsible journalism Ive been preaching for the last two years. ESPN has boxing analysts yet how many times have you seen Dan Rafael, Teddy Atlas or BJ Flores on First Take? So essentially, your allowing Skip Bayless, who probably only watches Pacquiao fights, formulate the opinion of millions of casual fans. Its a huge black eye on the sport. Its the reason Mayweathers image has been tarnished. Its the birthplace of Pactard nation. Its the reason Marquez wont ever get the credit he deserves for the win. Its the reason people wont appreciate how great Cotto is. Its the reason why guys like Andre Ward dont get the recognition he deserves. All because of ESPN, its irresponsible journalism and its laziness to allow a guy like Skip Clueless to repeatedly and demonstratively speak on shit he has no clue about.
If you didnt see that Marquez vs Pacquiao fight, youd think Manny was dominating him and Manny just got caught with a lucky shot. When in fact, he was eating counters all night and got knocked down FOR THE SECOND TIME and simply could not get up. Not to mention, Skip joined Lampleys butthurt clan and is pushing this foul play conspiracy. Yet neither has mentioned the fact that Roach has had numerous fighters pop for PEDs and his only reasoning against stricter testing is because Manny wasnt willing to do it himself.
The light at the end of the tunnel is that sooner, rather than later, Pacquaio will retire and people like Skip Clueless (I like that one) will move on.
I'm optimistic for 2013 and beyond. We have more promoters in the mix., which should result in more boxers getting deals and more places to watch quality boxing (still not as it was years ago, but it's improving). More boxers are starting their own promotional companies and a lot of great young boxers are coming up.
The P.E.D issue is being discussed more often now.
I'd still like to see a boxers union, but I'm not holding my breath. Apart from that, I think things are now moving in the right direction.