Archive for the ‘boxing’ Category

Just watching this is painful

March 16, 2008

You gotta keep your hands up. Via Bill Simmons’ links:

Ouch.

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I say I won’t, but I will

January 17, 2008

Apparently there’s going to be a Mayweather/De La Hoya rematch. If you recall, the first time around was a huge spectacle but a pretty boring fight, with both boxers trying to do the minimum possible to not lose. While keeping their faces clean.

But it made a ton of money, so this was inevitable:

Backed by five-months of promotion, which included an 11-city cross-country tour and HBO’s reality series “De La Hoya/Mayweather 24/7,” the first fight broke boxing box office records including total gross ($165 million); pay-per-view subscriptions (2.4 million); pay-per-view gross ($134.4 million) and live gate ($18,419,200).

Boxing is dead? Even counting corruption, the biggest problem for the sport in the US is the lack of good, indigenous heavyweights. Throw us a couple of those and everything else comes together.