Saturday, December 26, 2015

Why A Guerrero Win Might Be Good For Boxing - And The PBC

Fans tire of the same old, same old

First things, first. I'm not a PBC hater. I find it ridiculous that people would want to see any series that airs boxing regularly on (relatively) free television to fail. I WANT to keep seeing the fights on television all the time. Heck, I even enjoy watching the lesser known fighters throw down. Why? Because I love boxing. So no, there's no way in the world I want to see Premiere Boxing Champions go down in flames.

That being said, there's room for fixing. If there's two big things I see that need improvement within PBC it's that: a) more matches between honcho Al Haymon's top fighters need to be made and, b) the high profile bouts need to be less predictable. In other words, there needs to be a major upset in the air.

While it's true that Shawn Porter's handy win over Adrien Broner might have been a slight upset, everyone knows those two were essentially evenly matched walking into the ring that night earlier this ear. Truth be told, the fact that Porter had to lose weight for the bout may have been the only thing that gave Broner any supposed edge whatsoever.

What the PBC needs, then, is an upset of note, one that makes fans say, whoa. If such an upset were to occur when, say, Danny Garcia faces the shopworn Robert Guerrero, well, people would be buzzing. Indeed it would sprinkle the spice of unpredictability onto a series which needs a bit of spice to take it where it should be.

People talk when there's a major upset, after all. And talk leads to ratings. See where this is going? What's more, a big upset may help some notable fighters like Adonis Stevenson see that real challenges can appear despite one's best intentions to avoid them. In other words, it may be worth throwing caution to the wind if one doesn't want to eventually end up being laughingstock.

Make no mistake about it, I'm not publicly cheering on Guerrero here. Danny Garcia is a good, exciting fighter and an all around decent human being (he's done his part to help kids here in Connecticut, even though he comes from Philadelphia). It's just that sometimes it's good for things to be shaken up a bit.

It's also worth noting that a loss can eventually become a win if one handles it properly. Wasn't it Ray Leonard himself, after all, who claimed his loss to Duran helped make him the fighter he ultimately became?

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