Think that is spot on when it comes to many of todays 'stars' giving up the ground and just caught up in too much BS and food fights. Yesterdays names still grab the ears and attention. Given the circumstances of the last year+ some of it is to be expected, delays, limitations and promoters keeping their powder dry until things "normalize" and butts fill seats etc. But it started before covid. This mentality of self anointment and entitlement with young guns having smoke blown up their arses and running careers like the strongest match ups are just an afterthought and rare exception. Arguably the #1..maybe #2..guy today is needing to talk up a showdown with greats from another era in the hopes of using it going forward rather than sorting out a pretty deep but stagnate 147 division. I don't mind some former top fighters having an attraction and keeping 'exhibition' in perspective. And really the circus/celebrity stuff isn't new. Shat I remember Sticky Fingaz getting belted by a pro skater around on Mtv but no one tried to legitimize it and make a record out of it . I've never been able to listen to Bacdafucup quite the same. But it only took a few cycles to now see these former pro displays fall into the very same rankle that makes fans wince at the 'real' boxing today. Fans may have perked up for a Rocky like after the credits role version of Marco A. Barrera v Erik Morales given their history and legend in the sport...but last I saw Morales had to pull out and some good ol promoter plans to do the whole last minute TBA sub in the form of Barrera v Soto Karass. Who was actually fighting just 2 years ago . Surely boxing owes more to Barrera. I just don't give this retro what's old is new fad long before it fades.
It's money. The profusion and success of various streaming platforms mean that Floyd can make millions fighting some youtube idiot. This youtube fucker who I would guess has zero boxing ability based on a couple of circus show fights is currently one of the biggest earners in boxing with the ability to make far more money per fight than most world champions. Tyson and Holyfield are about to make millions. You can't blame fighters for seeing if they can make millions for a glorified sparring session.
Of COURSE it's money.
The problem for JMM and Cotto is they don't have any celebrity outside of boxing fans and they were never legendary level boxers and haven't even been retired all that long. JCC Senior will have interest in Mexico and the Mexican diaspora in America but I have no idea what JMM and Cotto think they're doing. They'd be better off fighting some youtube or instagram idiot.
I too would love to see JCC Senior batter his son. I bet he's wanted to do it for years. I'd pay for that fight.
Mike Tyson showcases his power in wrestling ring while he waits for Evander Holyfield fight
Mike Tyson throws a wrestler to the canvas and unloads punches after storming the ring at an All Elite Wrestling event; the former world heavyweight champion is set to face Evander Holyfield in exhibition bout
Mike Tyson displayed his renowned power in a surprise appearance at a wrestling event while he waits for an expected exhibition bout with Evander Holyfield.
The former world heavyweight champion wants to renew his rivalry with Holyfield, who defeated him twice, but instead showed off his strength after storming the ring at an All Elite Wrestling show.
Tyson, famously nicknamed as 'The Baddest Man on the Planet', ripped off his T-shirt before unloading a flurry of punches, then dumped wrestler Shawn Spears on the canvas.
The 54-year-old then flexed his muscles before embracing Chris Jericho, who had been floored by Tyson when they previously shared the ring at a past wrestling event.
Tyson has publicly listed a three-man shortlist of preferred opponents for exhibition fights, topped by Holyfield, which also includes another former rival, Lennox Lewis, and current WBC champion Tyson Fury.
Holyfield has stated his desire to trade more punches with Tyson, stating in December: "No more excuses. This is the fight that must happen for both our legacies.
"Saturday night you said you were ready to fight me, so sign the contract and get in the ring, Tyson. The world is waiting and it's on you now. I'm ready."
Tyson was held to a draw by Roy Jones Jr when they both showcased their skills last November.
Do not let success go to your head and do not let failure get to your heart.
"Tyson was held to a draw by Roy Jones Jr when they both showcased their skills last November."
What an unfortunate choice of words....
Mexico against Puerto Rico I would agree with. They'll get boxing fans who can still find a way as seeing this as remotely meaningful. And they'll benefit from the fact that they don't have to gwt paid by a promoter, they're making a split with a platform who will be giving them a sweetheart deal because they help build the platform's brand. But still. Glorified exhibitions purporting to be serious fights need a lot of mug punters to buy them. Due to a lack of youtube/internet celebrity involvement or any other kind of buzz they only have boxing fans who know how relevant this actually is. I can't see it being a raging success.
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