Re: The Quest to Make Ryan Garcia Champ
We're dinosaurs, Chaps... The new face of the sport is that of the casual fans. They vaulted jake paul, ryan garcia and the like to prominence in a vacuum void of substance. Legitimate fighters exist in a shroud of secrecy because the youngest generation doesn't really comprehend the logic behind toiling away in a dungeon void of cameras and wifi signals to become a gladiator. They are for the fanfare and the spectacle... not the science, the reckoning of the battle, and the code. Ask these people who the Marquis of Queensberry and they'd probably guess its a drag queen that performed at the VMAs. To them Mayweather is TBE, not because of what he did in the ring.. but what he did out of the ring... he marketed himself to them by playing the villain rather than just fighting and let the fans, the media and the historians decide. So we're at the part where everyone is doing that now. Social media insults, good looks, who rapped on their ring walk, who their baby mama is, and all other things determine how watchable they are to the casuals and ultimately how profitable they are. That's the casuals "bread and circus".
The best fighters of our generations and before are ghosts that exist on youtube and their names are buzzwords to be brought up in casual conversations in order to participate. They don't understand what made them special. Mike Tyson maintains his popularity by being a marijuana enthusiast. With his face tattoo hes probably the most normal guy in the room now. Unless you're lucky enough to glean that valuable information from a knowledgeable parent such as Master, the youth are in a state of decay. They often don't recognize things that are unequivocal or majestic, right in front of them. It's sad that we used to worry about the fate of the world, when we placed it in the hands of our children. We don't even have a choice anymore. Everything we held dear is being stripped away and bastardized one by one (look at all the shitty movie remakes and looping samples from our generations music over awful trap beats and the like...) by the consensus of half brained kids that run around tapping their phones on everything and can't put on a clip on tie without help.
So its not surprising to me to watch Ryan Garcia following the De la Hoya blueprint to a Tee. Including firing his trainer after a loss. Blame the trainer, lose the trainer and somehow according to your ego and legion of loyal social media followers... your image is still pristine, even if your voice hasnt changed yet and you sound like mickey mouse.
They want your @$$ beat because upsets make news. News brings about excitement, excitement brings about ratings. The objective is to bring you up to the tower and tear your @$$ down. And if you don't believe that, you're crazy.
Roy Jones, Jr. "What I've Learned," Esquire 2003