Boxing Needs Structure For Fighters Like Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather

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Boxing Needs Structure For Fighters Like Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather
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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

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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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