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Boxing Needs Structure For Fighters Like Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather

ARLINGTON, TX - MARCH 13:  Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines looks on in the ring with trainer Freddie Roach while taking on Joshua Clottey of Ghana during the WBO welterweight title fight at Cowboys Stadium on March 13, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. Pacquiao defeated Clottey by unanimous decision.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Tony BriscoeCorrespondent IOctober 11, 2010

The sport of boxing has big problems. One in particular that needs to be solved before Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather retire—the need for a system that makes the best fights happen.

When fans watch the NFL, they love to see the heavyweight match-ups in the playoffs. They want to see Patriots vs. Vikings or Saints vs. Colts. The sport of boxing, however, is like the NFL with no post-season.

Boxing fans, we have no Super Bowl to look forward to. It's depressing, but true.

The only thing that would have came close is the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight that we all hoped for.

Pacquiao-Mayweather's downfall was no one man's fault. It didn't fall through because Pacquiao's fears of getting his blood drawn for a drug test. It's not because Mayweather is scared either. It's because boxing has no structure.

If it did, the fight would be a done deal by now and we wouldn't have to endure Pacquiao-Margarito.

The best attempt to find a solution to this problem has been Showtime's Super Six World Boxing Classic

Despite the disappointment of the Super Six World Boxing Classic, Showtime had the right idea.

The tournament kicked off with a group phase, similar to a round-robin tournament, leading into a bracket style tournament, where the champion will claim WBC and WBA super welterweight championship—all in a two year span!

Could you imagine if a tournament with a similar style took place in the welterweight division boxing fans?

I think a few of you would have a heart attack.

There's a reason why March Madness is so popular, and why fans are pleading for the NCAA to get college football to switch to a tournament-style post-season. Boxing needs to learn from other sports make the best possible fights for their loyal fans. Showtime had the right idea, but will anybody else follow their lead?

 

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