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Old 05-03-2007, 07:19 PM
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atleast a little? With the 24/7 stuff its kind of made this fight like the Contender series except with elite fighters having a live fight.

I ask this question because the publicity has been crazy. I was even listening to a hip hop radio station today in Baltimore and they were in Vegas covering it. There's a girl on there who host the show that says she knows nothing about boxing and has never cared for it but she watched the 24/7 stuff and got hooked on this fight. She came at it from a casual fan prospective and that was good to hear. She was talking about how no one would even know about Roach's disease if they didnt do stuff like this and how she is fascinated about the Mayweather family situation. Then they actually got Ross Greenberg to come on there and talk. He's the guy that does those documentaries for HBO. He was talking about how this fight is the biggest he's seen since he 1st started with Leonard-Hearns. That may have been some hype talk but he says that HBO has been getting 4 million viewers on every episode of the 24/7 show.

All I know is that Oscar & Floyd better bring there A games. This has to be a great fight
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Old 05-03-2007, 08:33 PM
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This fight can do both, bring boxing back, and hurt it substantially.

If its a boring fight - Bad for Boxing
If there is controversy - Bad for Boxing
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Old 05-03-2007, 08:40 PM
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what the mexican said.
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Old 05-03-2007, 08:49 PM
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What will bring bring boxing back is getting these big fights back on free TV. In the eighties, NBC Sport's World and CBS Sports Sectacular had boxing on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. The general public was able to see the best fighters and sort of follow along their careers. Today, $57.00 for a PPV?
Not a lot of normal working people can afford that steep a price tag.
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Old 05-03-2007, 09:12 PM
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It can bring boxing back if theres a knockout. That's what everyone wants to see. Otherwise, I'd say no and it could only get worse if the fight is boring as hell or doing what everyone imagines with boxing and that's holding.
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Old 05-03-2007, 10:13 PM
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It can bring boxing back if theres a knockout. That's what everyone wants to see. Otherwise, I'd say no and it could only get worse if the fight is boring as hell or doing what everyone imagines with boxing and that's holding.
right and that's what's oscar has to accomplish may 5th
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Old 05-03-2007, 10:35 PM
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i think no matter what happens, boxing will be a little more popular afterward and then go back to what it was before.

No ONE fight can save boxing. It has to be a real change in the sport. A real improvement
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Old 05-03-2007, 10:57 PM
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No, not without the infrastructure, although I give credit to DLH for promoting boxing and developing a stable of fighters. He's done a lot of good for boxing beyond just fighting, unlike his egotistical opponent......
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Old 05-03-2007, 11:28 PM
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It is certainly silly to think that one fight on per-per-view could bring boxing back into the mainstream, AND be the spark that rekindles the average joe's interest in boxing. However, this fight is the perfect vehicle to build some momentum in favor of boxing again with careful planning.
If there was ever a fight truly worthy of pay-per-view, this is one of the few that qualify. Should this fight turn out to be boring and make people pissed off at boxing/ pay-per-view, it will almost certainly be Mayweather's fault.
Floyd has said on the hardcore boxing websites that winning comes first and "looking good" comes 2nd. Casual sports fans are listening to Floyd in the mainstream media saying "I am going to put a beating on Oscar and humilate him." Therefore those casual/former/potential new boxing fans expect Floyd to fight with passion and take risks.
If Floyd decides to use his feet more than his fists, throw one-punch counters here and there, shake his ass and taunt, and grab De La Hoya when ever he gets close...this is going to a boring fight and have some bad repercussions for boxing.
If floyd Mayweather is half as awesome as he thinks/says he is, then he should be able to out-punch the "34 year old part-time fighter with one good arm and a cold defense."
That is what Leonard, Robinson, Armstrong, Duran, Hearns, Pryor and the true all-time greats would have done. That is what people outside the forums at boxingscene.com are looking for because that is what made so many people fall in love with boxing in the past.
If Floyd stinks out the joint then you can expect people to say "I told you so." Then those same people will rant and rave about the awesomeness of MMA, and how one fighter slams another dude on his back and punches him in the face until he is bloody...
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Old 05-03-2007, 11:40 PM
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Those shows have helped a lot thats for sure.
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