9 Ways Boxing Can Save Itself and Become Relevant Again

9 Ways Boxing Can Save Itself and Become Relevant Again

For umpteenth time in a row, a high-profile boxing match left most fans a little disappointed. It’s hard to say that the PacquiaoMayweather fight is the death rattle of boxing when it managed set revenue records across countless avenues, including sponsorship, PPV, and actual fight tickets. However, this was the biggest letdown in a recent string of letdowns that goes back to perhaps the heavyweight days of Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson, and certainly to the days of Roy Jones Jr.’s reign.

So what can be done to get boxing back on track and in the hearts and minds of Americans? Fortunately, or not, depending on your level of optimism, there are a lot of weaknesses that can be improved upon without having to re-engineer the sport.

The most unfortunate part about boxing’s state of affairs is that there’s no one to manage these issues. The tail wags the dog with the fighters pulling most of the strings, and when that’s not the case, there’s often corruption in the ranks. But I’ll spare you my thoughts on how David Stern should be the commissioner of all boxing everywhere.

With that in mind, we took a pass at listing the top nine ways that boxing can save itself. Feel free to disagree, but you’re probably wrong. These are in a pretty good order.

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