Why Is Bob Arum Trying To Kill Boxing?

Mitch WilsonSenior Writer IFebruary 9, 2009

I am at a loss.

I have been a huge boxing fan for quite some time. I am personal friends with many members of Team Pacquiao. I have defended boxing through the turmoil, through the alphabet soup, through the bad matchups, and through the circus it had become.

I have been talking about how MMA can't hold a candle to seeing two boxers in the ring who are at the top of their game. I have been talking about how boxing had learned it's lesson and how top fighters were now squaring off against each other.

Bob Arum is trying to destroy any of the good that has come out of the past two years acting out of nothing but greed.

Arum must really think we are stupid, but he is the stupid one. He is causing the downfall of the very sport he's dedicated his life to. Forget the fact that the scalpers took a beating as there were available tickets for far below face value for December's De La Hoya-Pacquiao fight at the MGM, Arum still thinks the public demand is there.

I consider myself a lot more than the caual boxing fan, but Bob Arum thinks the public will pay $54.95 to see a Pay-Per-View card of Miguel Cotto vs. Michael Jennings and Kelly Pavlik vs. Marco Antonio Rubio title fights.

Huh? What am I missing here?

As most of you who are regulars at Bleacher Report know, I'm a huge sports fan. I have several sports websites of my own including The College Basketball Place and The College Football Place, and I contribute regularly as well as comment on other people's articles. One of the greatest moments of my life happened when I met Muhammad Ali—not just my life as a sports fan, my life. Period.

I have argued with people countless times that I won't watch the Olympic Games since Atlanta when two boxers were two of the last three people to carry the torch, yet you couldn't find a boxing match on the TV coverage. It just didn't make sense to me.

In one fell swoop, Arum has shown the world what he is all about. Arum is a man who could care less about the sport itself. To be honest, at best this would be a Tivo fight if it were on HBO or Showtime. It would be watchable in the old days if fights were on CBS or ABC's Wide World of Sports.

So while I enjoy watching Manny and of course I am going to support my firends, I am checking out of Boxing as a sport—at least anything that involves Bob Arum or his sham of a company in Top Rank.

You are a disgrace to the very sport you are a part of and an outright thief for charging to watch these matches on TV.