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Boxing vs MMA

Steve Cofield makes an interesting comparison between the Pacquiao-Diaz boxing event and the Thomson-Melendez MMA event over the weekend. Boxing promoter Bob Arum was blaming high gas prices and a tanking economy on the Pacuiao fight not drawing well. But Cofield has this to say:

Not a bad point by Arum but it doesn’t explain why the day before, in a rough economy, Strikeforce packed in a solid 7,448 to the HP Center in San Jose to watch Josh Thomson upset Gilbert Melendez.

Boxing has some self-examining to do if their best fighter can only outdraw a Strikeforce card by roughly 800.

  • marshal

    boxing grandpa’s sport

  • Jiujitsu365

    Every time I look at those thick gloves I can understand why the fights last so long. Even when swinging for the fences it doesn’t really hurt unless you connect solid.

    MMA is just more realisitic and too exciting…

    I grew up watching boxing and used to box and it just doesn’t hold the same excitement.

  • DannyP72

    The Pacquiao-Diaz fight was pretty sweet for a one sided beating.

    Glad I didn’t have to pay for it though in the UK

  • godzillad

    “Every time I look at those thick gloves I can understand why the fights last so long. Even when swinging for the fences it doesn’t really hurt unless you connect solid.”

    Holy shit you’re stupid.

  • Rhett Moir

    Yeah, setanta have got the rights to all HBO PPV fights and all the best UK fighters except Khan.

    Add that to all UFC and WEC events and us brits have a pretty good deal ;-)

  • DannyP72

    Is Sentanta going to have the WEC events as well?

  • Procannonfodder

    Arum should blame his dead sport.

  • Reverend Clint

    Boxing loves the cock

  • Hammer

    Cofield is misleading. Forget the gate. The PPV and world wide viewing of the boxing match outdid the competing MMA card by a ton. It sold more PPV for that fight than any MMA fight in its history. I am a boxing and MMA fan. They both have their strengths. Cofield threw out a misleding and unsubstantiated headline to grab some attention. The PPV buys and world wide audience views of the boxing were very good, especially for a lightweight divison fight.. Cofield is a journalistic hack..

  • jim allcorn

    Good points Hammer!

    Unlike the brainiacs who posted before you, you actually know what you’re talking about rather than simply putting your two opposable thumbs & other digits to work in some sort of ADHD fit. LOL

    Seriously, can’t anyone else out there make a pro MMA statement without slinging mud at boxing in the process?

    As demonstrated so successfully by last weeks free event in Vegas, both sports can co-exist & indeed, thrive together.

  • Hammer

    Totally aggreed JIm.

    I think these sports can coexist and actually make one another better. How?? By people getting involved and seeing what it takes to be a great boxer or MMA fighter. But to those that blindly crap on boxing, watch your own precious house. You have competing organizations popping up daily and the talent of MMA fighters cant keep up with its growth. I mean, Chris Leben is a main feature on the premier UFC?? Is that the kind of talent that is going to WOW anyone??

  • D. Capitated

    I bet if Pacquiao/Diaz or Pavlik/Lockett had ticket prices like the Strikeforce event, they might have done better business. It wouldn’t have hurt to have had better opposition either. Like the entirety of one of the US’ poorest cities was gonna fly to Atlantic City to watch Pavlik/tomato can. The problem isn’t boxing. The problem is Bob Arum.

  • godzillad

    Bob Arum recently said Mexicans “don’t understand technical boxing”. Jesus.

  • Hammer

    Did he really?? Arum said that?? I suppose he thinks jewish lawyers understand it better.. What a jerk..

  • Kel

    Anyone know the difference in viewership #’s???

    I have DirectTv and they have a package you can order that has Setanta Sports…I wonder if the UFC fights are blacked-out in the US….