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Posted 02-16-2008 at 07:08 PM by MLS
I posted a thread with this, but I don't know how many will read it there. So I thought I would post it here as well.


So tonight we have EliteXC tonight as well as Pavlik/Taylor II in boxing. Now this EliteXC isn't a real strong card, but has Kimbo. And the Pavlik/Taylor fight is a rematch, with a crappy undercard. But what I am interested in is seeing the ppv numbers of the two. Neither are real strong cards, but I think the rematch between Pavlik/Taylor would be considered the bigger fight. But if a not so strong card can match ppv buys with a stronger boxing card then I think boxing might need to start getting a little worried. Because if this EliteXC xard does well against the Pavlik/Taylor fight, then what chance do they have if this same fight was put up against a UFC card?

Now Floyd Mayweather has been boxing's money maker lately, but he can't fight every month. But the UFC is putting up pretty decent cards every month. Mayweather's fights with De la Hoya and Hatton drew huge ppv buys, but those fights are rare now. And Mayweather's rematch with De la Hoya will draw big numbers, but that is three fights that drew huge numbers for boxing compared to what the UFC will do in a year. With the fights that have been confirmed, I think its safe to say this will be a big year for the UFC. How will boxing answer? They have the rematch between Mayweather and De la Hoya, but what else? A couple of good fights, but nothing like a UFC card. Boxing relies on one fight to carry a card, where as the UFC has multiple fights to carry the card.

I am a MMA and Boxing fan, but to me it doesn't look that great for boxing when compared to the UFC. Boxing will never die and the UFC may never get the ppv buys of a Mayweather/De la Hoya, but boxing should definitely be looking over its shoulder.
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Boxing is slowly and surely dying. I truly don't believe that boxing is getting any newer fans, what ever they have are already long-time fans. They just haven't done anything to get fans. I mean the days of Tyson/Hollyfield/Lewis are over, and you can't have Mayweather/De La hoya every day.
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Posted 02-17-2008 at 06:10 PM by plazzman plazzman is offline
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The only boxing I'm really looking forward to is Klitsko's next fight. I think MMA has surpassed boxing as far as popularity.
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Posted 02-18-2008 at 02:51 AM by Screwaside Screwaside is offline
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Maybe on average ppv buys MMA has surpassed boxing in popularity, but when boxing puts on a fight like Mayweather/De La Hoya then Boxing puts up numbers MMA can't/hasn't met yet.
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Posted 02-19-2008 at 03:32 PM by MLS MLS is offline
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Yeah but it's too bad those cards come once in a lifetime since Boxing doesn't have the same stars as the 90's
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Posted 02-19-2008 at 05:50 PM by plazzman plazzman is offline
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Thats my point. Right now if you took an average ppv of an MMA ppv and compared it to a average ppv of a boxing event, the MMA one would trump the boxing one. But when boxing puts on a Mayweather/De La Hoya type fight, MMA can't draw those same type of numbers. At one point in the future an MMA event may/hopefully will draw those same kind of numbers as a huge boxing event.
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Posted 02-19-2008 at 07:54 PM by MLS MLS is offline
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That's true, Boxing still has that ability to pull all their fans together with those kinds of matches, but if UFC were to put on something like Couture vs Fedor, then they might as well be able to beat boxing's supercards..
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