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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Boxing needs "winner-takes-all" not "guaranteed purse"

Last Saturday, we all saw that scandal done by Floyd "Money" Mayweather and "Vicious" Victor Ortiz to the sport of boxing. Millions of boxing fans around the globe, who watched the fight, say that it was a scripted or staged or drama fight because of several reasons.

A clear indication that the Mayweather vs Ortiz fight was a scripted fight is that Ortiz, who used to be a clean fighter in all of his previous fight, took off like a NASA spaceship after he cornered Mayweather. Using his head, he clearly hit him in the chin and Floyd responded as if he was very hurt. Referee Joe Cortez stopped the action and Ortiz hugged and kissed Floyd, which is gay thing to do for a fighter of his type. Cortez brought Ortiz to the middle of the ring (and Floyd to the corner) to deduct a point to the scorecards.

Now all three were in the middle of ring. Victor continue to apologize to Floyd and tried to hug him again which is still very unorthodox for a fighter, even a young 24-year-old, to do. Before Cortez was able to say "fight" or "go" because he was still looking at the judges or timekeeper, Mayweather hit Ortiz with a left-hook and right-straight - both punches, in my opinion, don't look very strong to KO the likes of Ortiz - and Victor went down to the canvass easily. Cortez then reacted to the knockdown by counting from one to ten and Victor no longer stood up.

Was that a good acting job? No, it is not. WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) fighters do a better job in acting; I can still remember my old-time favorites The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels and Undertaker, when I used to watch their entertaining drama fights.

The problem with boxing is this. There are promotional companies such as Top Rank, Golden Boy and Don King that makes the fights happen. If boxing is like in the MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), where the winner takes home the bacon and the loser just take a few cash for his performance and efforts in training, it will never die. After the Mayweather vs Ortiz fight, I think I will be very meticulous when it comes to buying the pay-per-view.

Upcoming pay-per-view fights are Hopkins vs Dawson, Pacquiao vs Marquez and Margarito vs Cotto, which I think will give me a second thought not to stop on boxing. Donaire vs Narvaez is also an interesting fight to watch.

The guaranteed purse makes boxing a BS. Fighters like Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao brings home more than $30 million after the fight, win or lose. Boxing will be better if the winner takes all the cash if he wins the fight. This makes sense for us boxing fans because we know we will surely see an all out war, not a drama or scripted fight. A small amount will go to the loser for his training camp and for his time spent during the promotional tour and publicity of the fight.

I strongly believe - and millions out there - that the Ortiz vs Mayweather fight was a staged fight. Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions were the directors/producers, Floyd Mayweather was the main actor, and Victor Ortiz and Joe Cortez were the supporting actors.

If it was a drama fight, sad to say, they did a poor job. If it was a true fight, good for them but not for the boxing fans.

It is all about the Benjamins. You give Ortiz $2.5 million - the same amount he will earn if he fights several other boxers, not the likes of Mayweather - head butt like a missile and get hit with a couple of soft shots and BOOM! You have a drama... I mean a fight... or whatever.

The bottom line is this; they both get the money they DO NOT deserve after their fight. The real losers are the people, not them.