The Death of Boxing

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    The Death of Boxing

    Many were saying before last night's fight that it would be the last great fight in boxing. Was that it? Is it over? What happened to boxing? Why has MMA grown in popularity while boxing has died? Discuss.
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    They need a weekly show like Monday night RAW on prime time television. They need a solid heavyweight division. They need personalities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voice of Reason View Post
    Many were saying before last night's fight that it would be the last great fight in boxing. Was that it? Is it over? What happened to boxing? Why has MMA grown in popularity while boxing has died? Discuss.
    Good MMA fights have blood, knockouts, and are a flurry of activity. Good boxing fights have guys who run away the whole time and only punch when necessary. Which one would you rather watch?

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    Boxing sucks and its never coming back. The best fighters in the world just bored millions of people to death. its dead .

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    Quote Originally Posted by LOOGY View Post
    Good MMA fights have blood, knockouts, and are a flurry of activity. Good boxing fights have guys who run away the whole time and only punch when necessary. Which one would you rather watch?
    Someone I know who watches MMA a lot said if the MMA type scoring rules were used in Mayweather/Pacquiao that Pac-man would have won. He said MMA gives points for being the aggressor and controlling action. Is that true? Do you agree?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voice of Reason View Post
    Someone I know who watches MMA a lot said if the MMA type scoring rules were used in Mayweather/Pacquiao that Pac-man would have won. He said MMA gives points for being the aggressor and controlling action. Is that true? Do you agree?
    In general I'm not a big fighting guy. I enjoy MMA whenever it's on and j occasionally go to the local watering hole to watch a fight. If I ever see boxing on like ESPN, immediately switch the channel.

    You'll probably have to ask an MMA guy. But to the casual eye you have to be the aggressor in MMA or your but will get kicked. There's really no room in the MMA to play defense the whole time.

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    In short, a principal reason for the rise of the MMA is the gladiator mentality. Lots of people like to see blood and guts - this is just the "civilized" incarnation.

    Does't hurt that MMA translates to video games eleventy billion times better than boxing. Young kids get much more of a kick out of MMA (play on words intended).

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    Make the ring smaller

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcpapa View Post
    In short, a principal reason for the rise of the MMA is the gladiator mentality. Lots of people like to see blood and guts - this is just the "civilized" incarnation.

    Does't hurt that MMA translates to video games eleventy billion times better than boxing. Young kids get much more of a kick out of MMA (play on words intended).
    This game ruled!!!

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    Problem is that the top and should be best fighters get paid so much they aren't hungry. MMA has a "Fight of the night"Bonus that MMA fighters not only want for monetary reasons but also as a pride thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jumper_Dad View Post
    This game ruled!!!
    I was old when Pong debuted.

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    When one fighter determines...

    The weight of the gloves
    The size of the ring
    The location
    Basically who the Judges will be
    Who the Referee is
    The amount of padding on the floor of the ring (to gain or take away a foot speed advantage)
    How much they both get paid

    Boxing will continue to be boring at the highest levels...as there is little to no incentive other than public pressure for top fighters to fight other top fighters in there prime.

    Boxing needs to fall under one Organization that sets the rules for everyone...something that MMA has gotten right for the most part. Yeah there are a couple of other MMA organizations outside of UFC, but that's like there are other basketball leagues than the NBA...everyone knows where the best are.

    Get the promoters out of boxing!!!

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    Boxing has no stars and no personalities. Boxing is great when the heavyweight division is great. Right now it sucks and it sucks badly. There are personalities in MMA. Always has been. Plus it is bloody, gory and there are more knockouts in MMA. Let MMA get to a point where there are decisions in every match and folks will get bored with that also. It may sound sexist on my part but right now the biggest star in UFC is a woman. Why? Because she destroys people in 15 seconds and no one cares about how good you are technically. We want to see people get knocked out.

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    My son is 22 and has never been a boxing fan. He did get caught up in the hype for this fight. While he did find this particular match to be a letdown he did find himself watching boxing tapes today.

    I showed him Round 1 of Hearns/Hagler. Crazy single round.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Djason Unchained View Post
    Boxing has no stars and no personalities. Boxing is great when the heavyweight division is great. Right now it sucks and it sucks badly. There are personalities in MMA. Always has been. Plus it is bloody, gory and there are more knockouts in MMA. Let MMA get to a point where there are decisions in every match and folks will get bored with that also. It may sound sexist on my part but right now the biggest star in UFC is a woman. Why? Because she destroys people in 15 seconds and no one cares about how good you are technically. We want to see people get knocked out.
    The biggest difference between the boxing match we saw last night (and many for that matter) and MMA/UFC is that those cats in MMA are trying to hurt each other. They may be buddies outside the ring and train together and all that, but when they get in the octagon, they are trying to put the other guy to sleep.

    People have been making Dancing With The Stars jokes about the fight last night, but that's pretty accurate honestly. Like you said, we want to see folks get knocked out, and boxing hasn't been that way for a while now.

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