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.