Originally Posted by New England
i cant stand some of these matches.
hbo and showtime cost me $20 a month each... it's insulting to pay for this stuff.
It's a problem in Boxing for sure. Who's to blame though? The only way I see things being fixed is some sort of a National Boxing Commission, which will never ever happen.
HBO has been into starbuilding since the turn of the century, and now with Mendoza at Showtime they have followed suit. Put preordained guys in there with whatever competition until the fans love them. Worst part is, it usually works. For every Rios or Bradley, who had to earn their spot, we get three or four Chavez Jr's and Andre Bertos.
HBO has been foaming at the mouth to make Alexander a star since they saw his drawing power in the STL. Malignaggi did something no one of any relevance was willing to do in going to the Ukraine and taking Senchenko's belt in his backyard. Now his past-prime, 140lb ass is going to get used by GBP to build up one of their favored sons.
Alexander-Malignaggi is not a fight that fans are super interested in. But, if Paulie fights and loses his title to Shane Mosley, they can build a star on Shane Mosley's back by matching them up. Alexander beats him and becomes the unified 147lb champion.
I know I'm reaching a bit but you know how this will be played. Or, replace Alexander in the above text with Khan or Ortiz. It's how they do it now, and that's the point of GBP investing in Mosley-Malignaggi.
We won't be seeing anything good and credible like the Super Six happening again anytime soon.