QUOTE (Jack 1000 @ Jul 15 2013, 06:35 PM)
I think much of the problem is HBO struggling to grab the younger demographic,
The MMA audiences, the, as some critics have called it, the Skateboarding crew, who will only watch boxing if every fight is a Rocky Movie and/or the star is a slugger, or a likable pretty boy. But the slugger is preferred by the younger demographic. Slick elusive boxers without personality fail to put asses in the seats. The thing is though when Mayweather was at HBO he put assess in the seats. Now he will be doing that at Showtime. But is he doing that because of his excellent boxing skills, or the general public hatred persona, where people are buying just waiting to see him lose?
Mayweather had a few PPV clunkers, but always literally broke records when a marquee star or pretty boy was in the other corner. Floyd has said that over at HBO, Pacquiao was a manufactured product. Probably the most pom-pom shaking has been done for sluggers or likable pretty boys. Gatti-Ward, Delahoya, and Pacquiao. Jones was dominant, but didn't have the quality of opposition to test what he might have been with stronger challenges. The Klitschko's dominant but in HBO's eyes boring, spare the classic war of Lewis-V. Klitschko.
I think that HBO's search for a star builder who's a bad-ass probably goes back to Tyson on the network. They want the next Tyson, put so much time and money into the ears of stars like Gatti-Ward, Delahoya, Pacquiao, because they fit the pretty boy and/or brawler requirement, that skilled boxers who weren't likable or brawlers (or both) were looked on as lesser by HBO's commentary. Mayweather and Hopkins comes to mind.
It will be very hard to revitalize HBO's sinking ship, because the younger production team, nor the current demographic does not respect elusive boxing. They don't understand boxing. And if you don't understand something, you can't successfully produce it. Boxing is about creating the best, most competitive fights, working to unify titles to find the best in each weight class. It's not about going Ga-Ga for some Olympian just because he's an Olympian and won the gold against some bum HBO. Put a guy like that on HBO within six months of a title shot when he is fighting a #1 contender were either has a chance at losing. Spare us from the bum of the month road show for your manufactured "stars." What these young producers don't get is that a fighter is NOT the second coming just because he's the house guy on your network and Jim Lamply thinks so with the pom-pom shaking. HBO should be promoting two-sided fights, not protecting so-called stars against sub-par opposition.
good post over all.
for starters...i disagree and get tired of ppl even bringing mma into the discussion. it has zero bearing on boxing. different sport...different demographic. stop repeating dana whites lies.
as for hbo dumbing it down for the fans...i don't think that's necessary. the bottom line is that styles make fights. it's not the fighters the network should be pushing.....it's the right matches. hbo needs to hire a real match maker. the stars will be born from those matches. stop trying to force the issue with a chosen boxer and let them develop on or off air. boxing when it's done right, doesn't need the fluff. there is no one at hbo that has a clue. them listening to writers, who follow boxing but really have zero clue on how to groom a fighter or match make a fighter to the top, is going to be fruitless. tom hauser and dan rafael are nothing more than shills. they don't know shit about the sport. lampley is a cheer leader and has zero understanding. get rid of him...put real boxing people in there and watch things turn around.
the same formula arum used for pac can be used for rigondeaux. match him against aggressive fighters who like to trade....sit back and enjoy the show. the guy can box beautifully....but he can also crack!!! there are plenty of matches that can be made that will produce fireworks.