The days of Muhammad Ali, Smokin Joe Frazier, and other reputable toe toe old school boxing- has all but vanished especially in light of the recent bout between Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley. Or has the context reverted back to the days of Roman lord over their gladiators?
Since the beginning of time prostitution and sport have been the highest earning professions. Presently, it appears that owners have found a way to merge the two for a ‘bigger return’ that affords the one risking it all to be appeased by a few dollars while the big wigs collect big bank on their backs .
The issue of big business gutting the rudamentary foundations of sports has been a consistent pattern for the past decade. Business owners who have likely never played a sport a day in their pretentious lives, are now turning the honor of sports into circus like displays.
From the NBA to NFL to the boxing rings-everything has fallen apart.
Business decisions from businessmen regarding arenas they are not familiar are sucking the lifes blood out of modern athletes and the game they ONCE knew and loved.
“I think I touched on it a moment ago, the possibility that he might not be signing up with the power broker, Bob Arum. I mean, look, the worst thing you can say about the sport is it’s either corruption or incompetence. If it’s incompetence, that should be corrected. That the judges that control the destiny of these fighters, fighters that leave a part of themselves in the ring quite often when they leave the ring, like Frazier and Ali did in those great, epic fights. There’s less of themselves when they leave that ring. That’s a great responsibility, to make sure you get it right as judges. And a lot of times, unfortunately, the judges, they just don’t get it right. They don’t know what they’re watching. In this case again, they don’t know what they’re watching, at the very best. Which is a sad thing to say, that at the best they didn’t know what they were watching, and at the worst they were influenced by other outside forces.”
On it’s most basic level, those in authority will SHOW their power by putting those who think they have it-in their place. Keeping fans waiting for an hour (despite what some might say), may have pissed off the right people enough to be on some pay back. As sad as corporate pettiness is…it does happen and it does change the course of things.
As I told a colleague, no matter how talented an individual, there will always be those that have more authority than that one. To keep all players on board with the program, being ‘benched, sidelined, demoted, or dethrowned’…HAPPENS. It is a power play in the big world of competition. The message clearly sent by the ‘overseers’ is that: “I OWN YOU and don’t forget it”.