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    From the moment they began pricing out the rest of the industry, cable giant HBO has been looked upon as the face of boxing.

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  • #2
    obvious

    That's where the Ufc comes in and why they are increasing in popularity; they hold fights for free AND PPV EVERY month

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    • #3
      Originally posted by cashflow79 View Post
      That's where the Ufc comes in and why they are increasing in popularity; they hold fights for free AND PPV EVERY month
      No most of their fights are ppv and most of the free fights are between nobodys. Even their ppv are garbage except a few which are good.
      But yeah hbo needs to stop over paying for fighters like berto and dawson. But i don't know why they mention paul bc he has earned what he earns steping up againts margarito when no one wanted to fight him and martinez also. Not to mention winky cintron quintana

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      • #4
        Great article.

        Imo, the recession is still affecting everybody.

        I understand the window of opportunity for other players to step up and get involved while HBO is inactive, but HBO is not the only one cutting budgets.

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        • #5
          If HBO turned off the faucets then get used to Gus Johnson doing ALL your big fights...Showtime will become a boxing GIANT in the industry

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          • #6
            Originally posted by cashflow79 View Post
            That's where the Ufc comes in and why they are increasing in popularity; they hold fights for free AND PPV EVERY month
            Yea, but it's shi7.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by -pound4pound- View Post
              If HBO turned off the faucets then get used to Gus Johnson doing ALL your big fights...Showtime will become a boxing GIANT in the industry
              haha gus johnson is a cool dude.

              oh and 1.2 million to have Berto fight in a tuneup bout? the fuck is this?

              HBO needs to get their shit together.

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              • #8
                If HBO turned off the faucet than promoters (minus Top Rank, they do there own dirty work) would have to learn to promote again.

                Lou Dibella has milked HBO for every fighter he has worth a damn. Andre Berto, Paulie Malignaggi, these guys getting high profile fights and big $ is a complete out of market value. Neither have done a damn thing. This is what makes HBO bad, they spend there money like a drunk sailor.

                Not even Golden Boy can really claim that they have built any stars. Only Top Rank has that bragging right.

                And while showtime has done great things with the tourny and with a lesser budget, they also are taking Hopkins Pascal to PPV, and are giving us the pleasure to watch Tarvar vs Nagy, so lets not get to excited although the Super 6 is light years ahead of anything HBO has in its plans.

                HBO does more good for the sport than they do bad by far, they just need new people running the show who have no connections to everyone else in the boxing world.

                I will never understand why HBO allows any promoter or fighter dictate to them who and when they are going to fight.
                Last edited by AddiX; 10-06-2010, 01:19 AM.

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                • #9
                  This article is right on!!! The best read I've had on this website in a long time... Its these articles of behind the scenes "boxing politics" that needs to be introduced to the casual boxing fans on here and elsewhere.

                  There is alot of nonsense that goes on with the networks, boxing commissions, state athletic commisions, sanctioning bodies, refereeing, judging, etc. In some senses boxing hurts itself by handling everything in a seperate fashion. Allowing too many individuals/promoters/networks/commissions to have a stronghold on negotiations and boxing policies is bad for the sport.

                  For instance, there are too many titles being fought for in 1 weight class... This makes it all too cloudy when trying to determine THE MAN in a specific division and often leads to high profile fighters fighting eachother for money as opposed to a title. And if it wasn't enough with the WBA's Super "Duper" champions, now we have WBC diamond belts (which might I add, further encourage catchweight title fights which is simply ridiculous) :/.

                  Then we have the networks dictating to us what we will see as opposed to what we WANT to see in many cases. We get the Andre Berto's (which I happen to be a fan of even though he is a bit overblown) making off with a nice payday for fighting c level fighters. What this means is that we might be left craving to see Berto fight someone IMPORTANT all because he is going to be at home sitting comfortably on his $1.25 million from HBO (and he might not even have to sweat for it). These boxers are more concerned with making off with huge paydays rather than putting on a good show and continuing their legacy. Often times making ridiculous demands and reminding us of how much they are "worth". (the Pacman's, Mayweather's, Mosley's, Cotto's are all future HOF's and I'm not talking about them, rather the up and comers).

                  Then you have the state commissions and judging/drug tests... If you might not know by now, Margarito was denied a boxing license in CA.. So he then goes to TX (the state behind the Malignaggi v Diaz I controversy) which approved him so he can fight Manny. Ironically, he is currently training for the fight of his life in CA, which denied him in the first place.. If he deserves another chance to fight or not is entirely up to you... Drug tests? (don't be naive and improve it, thats all).

                  Then, my FAVORITE!!!! PROMOTERS!!! May they all burn slowly... robbing very stupid, yet talented individuals of their hard-earned money. Robbing us of epic fights based on sheer greed (TOP RANK vs GOLDEN BOY and previously Don King).. And making in house fights featuring their own stable of fighters only. In conclusion, maybe boxing got off on the wrong foot from the beginning.. Maybe boxing needs to be under one roof (NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, UFC)... leaving nothing but boxer's "agents" and the governing body to work things out.

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                  • #10
                    If HBO turns off boxing, Showtime steps up and becomes the new giant of premium cable. HBO would be dense to let boxing walk. Fighters would make less and also be shown on regular cable more often and just maybe the sport would thrive again because people could see actual talent for free. HBO does a lot of harm to the sport, don't get it twisted and they certainly don't hold the key to boxings future.

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