Originally Posted by Capaedia
Boxing was 'famous' in Mexico and America too.
Boxing declined, globally. Pacquiao bought many fans from the Philippines back to the sport.
Granted when he leaves, so will many of them, but some of them will be fans. That's how it works.
Boxing has been huge in Mexico and the Philippines for Aeons now. The difference is back then they didn't have the proper boxing infrastructure like they do today. Granted it seems to be much bigger in those places now more than ever. You can look at Filipino TV listing and see them repaying Froch vs Bute on their main sport network almost 1 year later. They wouldn't even do that in the UK.