Originally Posted by Salvy_Mic
Yeah, but look at it from this point of view. At least 20 years ago, a fight of the magnitude of de la Hoya/Mayweather gets the cover and feature story of Time magazine, as well as front page headline news in the weeks leading up to the fight. Now, the biggest exposure that fight got asides from the gimmicky (in my opinion, anyway) travelling press conferences they put on, was that mini-reality show. It wouldn't have even needed that 20 years. So in that regards, boxing is nowhere near where it used to, and ought to, be.
Greenburg is only looking at the numbers, but the writers who are always tolling the bell for changes, like Dan Rafael, Kevin Iole, Cliff Rold, Steve Kim, and Doug Fischer, just to name a few, know that there are underlying problems that must be rectified in order for boxing to get back to its old level. Boxing isn't dying, but its definitely badly under the weather. And if left unchecked, it could very well lead to an untimely demise. The sport in general, though, has taken some very good strides this year, especially as far as making the fights that people want to see, for the most part. But it still has some ways to go before boxing becomes nationally relevant once again.