Boxing used to be one of the most popular sports in America. Now it has faded away in the minds of the American public and unless something changes boxing doesn’t change then it will become even less popular.
Without the Mayweather-Pacquioao fight that finally took place and frankly took way too long to happen, boxing hasn’t seen a relevant fight since the mid-2000’s and America hasn’t seen a fighter from the states that they could embrace since Muhammad Ali.
The sport of boxing has become more of a worldwide sport and is popular in Mexico, Canada, and South America, yet is losing popularity in the states. Considering it was such a popular sport in the 80’s, boxing is becoming sort of America’s past time.
Since time began, politics has dictated the game and influenced the results, fights, and people who get the opportunities. The scenario in the movie “South Paw” in which the promoters paid the judges to fix the result of the match, isn’t all that uncommon. This a big reason it is no longer America’s sports. Politics have ruined the sport in America.
Between, promoter and TV rivalries ruining the best matchups, the ridiculous amount of championship belts, and only the ticket-selling boxers given the best opportunities, the sport is dying in the United States.
Why is it that a boxer with way more potential but can not sell tickets is left behind even though they could turn out to be a star?
Is it possible to name all the champions when there are 72 different belts and the point of all these belts is simply for politics?
While the sport of boxing is so focused on making money and all of their different organizations, the US fighters and fans are losing. The politics in the sport is ruining the game.
Unfortunately public interest is gone for the most part unless there is a high profile fight such as Mayweather-Pacquiao.
If boxing doesn’t change, then the sport will die and America will not only lose the sport for the future, but eventually forget the great tradition and history behind it.
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