I honestly see a future more akin to the NFL or baseball than boxing. People devote themselves to fighters much the same as they devote themselves to a home team. I mean look at me and Fitch or Bobby and Machida. We root for them like Bears fans in the nfl or cubs and red sox fans in baseball. I've never seen that in boxing. Boxers get love when there at the very top. Once they lose they are all but forgotten with the exception of the super famous guys. They don't have fans saying "he could beat (top 5 guy)" once they lose. When they're at the top and lose they just fall off the Earth and those fans they had move onto the next top guy.
Ummmm, not at all true. You are coming from a bias view as you only follow MMA (you admitted yousrelf you barely know any boxers).
I follow a few boxers very closely and follow them their entire career, boxing fans are the same as MMA fans in that way.
As for the fights last night, you had a former middleweight champion, Kelly Pavlik and Jorge Arce who is a LEGEND in Mexico, bigger than any UFC star in Mexico. He won a title in his 4th division against a hyped Vasquez. Boxing fans know who these guys are, just like on a UFC card.
Boxing is dying in the US, but look at it in Europe, it is still thriving as more and more guys enter the top of the world ranks. In some other countires like Argentina and Mexico, it is also huge and not dying.
The big problems with boxing are, the 'Alphabet soup' of Champions. All the IBF, WBO, WBC and WBA recognised now as 'world champions', then there are 'super champions' and then there is the 'Ring Magazine' champion. All a joke. It ruins the entire point of having a 'champion'. Also, you have a cold war between the two biggest promotors in the sport, Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions which means you miss out on the big fights. If they cleaned up the alphabet soup, they could have 1 champion and mandatory challengers would force these promotional companies into making the match-ups. This is the biggest problem in boxing.