Boxing’s Boring Problem


Recently the boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao took over our lives. It was everywhere, every channel, every news program, almost every conversation was about this fight. So I figured it was worth discussing. I’m not gonna touch on Mayweather’s domestic violence issues or Pacquiao’s raging homophobia. While those are important topics to discuss, I am choosing not to use this as a forum for that discussion. If you want to learn more about those topics, check out this totally one-sided editorial: or use google.

Holyfield_vs_Tyson_I_posterI was never much into boxing. I remember watching the Holyfield/Tyson fight and maybe watching Olympic boxing for 5 minutes every four years. This fight had been in the works for so long, I decided it needed a viewing, and luckily a buddy invited a bunch of people over to watch. So that saved me the $100 from ordering it on my own.

The fight itself, when separated from the hype, wasn’t very interesting. Lots of bouncing around by Mayweather, for which he has often been criticized. And Pacquiao giving a flurry of punches and then backing off for some odd reason. It was a strong defense from Mayweather that resulted in the win. It just wasn’t a very convincing victory. It was akin to scoring the first two points in a basketball game with no shot clock, then holding the ball crouched in the fetal position for the remaining 47 minutes.

My idea of boxing is shaded from six Rocky movies, Raging Bull, and a slew of others. Honorable mention for Play it to the Bone, which actually came up in conversation Saturday night. Check it out. I suspect I’m not alone from the reactions of the 19 other people watching the fight with me. We wanted to see some blood, eyes swollen shut, “BRING OUT THE CUT MAN!” Welterweights just don’t do that. They weigh between 140 and 147 lbs. There just isn’t a lot of power in those punches to cause that sort of damage. And no, that’s not me offering to take a hit from Floyd or Manny.

People were expecting a similar type of fight as two heavyweights, 200+lbs. Those guys just cant move around as quickly and have to spend the match exchanging punches. That’s when people get knocked out, with eyes swollen shut, guys who can take a punch and keep coming. People wanted to see that, not one guy dancing around the ring running away from a boxer. Sadly, the World Boxing Association (the sanctioning boxing organization, like the NBA, NFL, or FIFA) failed to adequately prepare viewers for this type of fight.

Overall, I was entertained for an hour, mostly due to the company and not the fight. The WBA blew an opportunity to get people back into the sport. I have no interest in paying any more attention to a boxing fight. Next time, I’ll go see a movie instead.

What about you? Thoughts? Did you watch the fight? Am I completely off base?




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