“Boxing is Bullshit” Why MMA is King of Combat Sports

by dwolf | source: mmapayout

“Boxing is Bullshit” Or: Why MMA is King of Combat Sports

Paulie Malignaggi, disgust written all over his face, all over his body language, repeated the mantra:
“Boxing is bullshit.”

With those words, Paulie Malignaggi summed up the feelings of so many combat sports fans, and answered exactly why it is that boxing is commonly referred to as a dying sport, especially in terms of comparison with its more dynamic sibling, Mixed Martial Arts.

Malignaggi had fought a close fight against Juan Diaz in Diaz’s hometown of Houston, Texas, one which most observers, including this one, thought he had taken by a round or two.  Unfortunately for Paulie, the only observers that counted, the judges, all saw it the other way, with one judge laughably awarding ten of the twelve rounds to Diaz.

Although Paulie and his supporters were complaining of a robbery, this was too close a fight to fit that description; still, that one judge’s scorecard — ten rounds to two — sticks in the craw as so egregious (if you watched the fight, there’s simply no way to reasonably explain the score) that it should in the future become some sort of shorthand reference to the corruptibility of judicial scoring in boxing.  Given Malignaggi’s heartfelt and memorable post-fight promo, this might indeed come to pass.

Boxing is bullshit, everyone has known it for decades, and now there’s a boxer screaming it in the ring after he’s on the losing end of a decision he believes he deserves.  Fans watching — even those who believe Diaz won — know that ten rounds to two is a travesty.  The worst part about this is how unsurprising it all is.  Boxing fans have actually become conditioned to expect a screwjob if a fight goes the distance.

If asked to name the promoter to have gained the most from boxing’s skulduggery many would probably name Don King, but I want to suggest another: Dana White.  Much has been made of all that UFC and Dana White have done right in terms of growing their business, but I wouldn’t underestimate the value to UFC in all that boxing has done wrong.  At the very least, in a parallel universe where over the last 15 years the top boxers fought the top boxers, and decisions were not obviously corrupt, UFC would have had a much more difficult time making inroads against the established sport.  We’ve reached the point now, in 2009, where boxing matches that would have been placed on ppv a year or two ago, and would have provided at least some level of competition against UFC, are now airing on HBO pay cable.

On September 19, there’s going to be a lot of talk about MMA (UFC 103) vs. boxing (Mayweather/Juan Manuel Marquez) as the UFC and Mayweather pay-per-views go head-to-head, but the fact of the matter is that discussing the ppv battle at that level of generality, MMA vs. boxing, is either ignorant or disingenuous.  It’s not MMA that’s huge; rather, it’s UFC whose business is booming.  Likewise, what Mayweather is able to draw on ppv has no relation at all to the state of boxing’s health.  I fully expect Mayweather to outdraw 103 on ppv (based primarily on UFC’s lackluster line-up), perhaps significantly, and for the ”Bible of Boxing,” The Ring, to make way more of it than it deserves, but the real story was told last week, in Houston, Texas, for anyone bothering to listen.

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marinematt24 site profile image  

8/31/09 5:07 PM by marinematt24

Sport of boxing is awesome however the big wigs involved are what bring the sport down. Also to the guy who said Pac/Mayweather would be a ppv record that would stand for ages your gonna be wrong. It will do huge numbers but it sure as hell won't be bigger than May/ODLH and you can take that to the bank.

JDolo site profile image  

8/31/09 4:48 PM by JDolo

 Just wondering, was Herman Ngoujo given a Canadian judge against Paulie? That aside, what went down in Texas is a disgrace.

Monkey Island MMA site profile image  

8/31/09 4:40 PM by Monkey Island MMA

Props to that guy for just stating it. Boxing doesnt suck but the business of boxing does.

bigwignj site profile image  

8/31/09 3:36 PM by bigwignj

Did anyone watch the olympics last year, one of the lighter weights the gold medal fight was between a chinese fighter and some young irish fighter. The final score was like 13 2 or something in favor of the chinese fighter, but the fight should have been like 9 7 or 6. There was one point were the irish kid hit a one two combo that snapped back the chinese kids head, and the chinese judges awarded 1 point to the chinese fighter, after he got hit with the combo. Even the announcers for the broad cast were saying things like, this is embarrassing for boxing. There was many times in the fight the irish kid landed punches and was not awarded any points and the chinese fighter would like throw a hook and have it ducked and still get awarded points. They interviewed the irish kid after the fight and even he said, i know i didnt do enough to win the fight but to say that i was beaten that badly is ridiculous. That is a terrible judging job that sticks out in my mind. I dont watch enough boxing to name any others.

Bobby Lupo site profile image  

8/31/09 3:17 PM by Bobby Lupo

 Maybe I'm not thinking straight. The Paulie robbery and loss of 'scarole are still fresh in my mind. You defended Hendo...nice

Heartbroken Lee site profile image  

8/31/09 2:09 PM by Heartbroken Lee

 First off, Hamill-Bisping was far from a robbery and second of all, Hendo has got lucky numerous times in his career, but even the fights he should have lost (e.g. Newton, Franklin) were still close fights.

joemama site profile image  

8/31/09 2:05 PM by joemama

talk to me after the mayweather, pacman, and then mayweather v pacman fightsafter that I dont see anything else for boxing, while UFC does numbers on most of their PPVs.

Bobby Lupo site profile image  

8/31/09 1:00 PM by Bobby Lupo

  After scoring a fight last Saturday in Houston, Gale Van Hoy, a 75-year-old professional boxing judge, got off his stool and huddled with his boss, Dickie Cole of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. In a private meeting that night, Cole presented Van Hoy with an envelope. Inside the envelope was a check for $1,800. The check was signed by Golden Boy Promotions, which promoted the fight between Brooklyn's Paulie Malignaggi and Houston's Juan Diaz. If someone didn't know any better, the act of Van Hoy collecting a paycheck from Golden Boy Promotions might be considered a bribe. After all, his scorecard helped advance the career of a Golden Boy fighter, as Diaz has an exclusive contract with the company. Diaz  captured a unanimous decision by a wide margin, and no score was wider than Van Hoy's rendering of 118-110 for the hometown fighter. Van Hoy thought Malignaggi, who is promoted by Lou DiBella,  won just two rounds while Diaz won ten. This is stunning, considering most of the writers covering the fight thought Malignaggi had done enough to pull off a win. Van Hoy maintains he was impartial, but his scorecard has ignited a controversy into the issue of bad decisions in boxing. But it's the relationship between the judges and the promoters that should be examined. In the dense world of boxing, judges who score these fights are on the payroll of the event's promoter. For appearances sake, the promoter hands the check over to the commission, who then delivers it to the judges. But the result is the same: The promoter is paying the judge to make a decision in a fight the promoter has a financial stake in. The relationship doesn't end there. In California, if a judge lives more than 100 miles from the fight venue, he receives lodging and a per diem of $25, all courtesy of the show's promoter. Van Hoy told me he was given $80 for meals over two days while staying in a hotel for the night, courtesy of Golden Boy Promotions. This is outrageous. In no other major professional sport is a team owner responsible for the salary and housing of its officials. You don't see Yankees owner George Steinbrenner pulling up in a golf cart and cutting a check for "Cowboy" Joe West, or any other umpire. Major League Baseball handles that fiduciary duty. You don't see James Dolan, who oversees the Knicks, waiting in a Garden corridor to pay Dick Bavetta. "All the other sports leagues understand the importance of having neutral officials," said Ross Greenburg, president of HBO Sports, which aired the bout. "I don't know why, but boxing just doesn't get it." Previous Page 123 Next Page Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/more_sports/2009/08/29/2009-08-29_ring_bribes_you_be_the_judge.html#ixzz0PmTQOyOf

THP site profile image  

8/31/09 12:28 PM by THP

Yeah but those fighters get second chances since there is a single promotion. Paulie is fucked.

TtoMyJ14 site profile image  

8/31/09 12:27 PM by TtoMyJ14

 u think UG news would know ur not supposed to curse in thread titles