As mixed martial arts – and the UFC in particular – continues to draw more fans, both on television and at live events, boxing is counting on a resurgence from this weekend’s super bout between Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
The bout is definitely drawing more interest than any boxing match in recent memory, but will it be enough to lead a resurgence of youth in the sport’s aging fan base? Only time will tell.
In the meantime, you can expect more UFC and MMA bashing by boxing apologists, such as the following from Mike Freeman which was originally published and is available in it’s entirety on CBSSportsline.com.
De La Hoya-Mayweather will separate boxing from thuggish UFC
This is what the Oscar De La Hoya-Floyd Mayweather fight, one of the most important events in recent sports history, really means: It’s boxing’s last stand.
Boxing is fighting for its life, and in some ways the largest obstacle to its rebirth is its greatest competitor — the worst league ever invented, the UFC. Which means it is good vs. evil, Halle Berry vs. Courtney Love, true sport against the mosh pit of sweat and bloodied skull fractures known as ultimate fighting.
De La Hoya and Mayweather can single-handedly save their sport from deteriorating into dust while simultaneously stopping the advance of the UFC barbarians at the gate, trying to destroy boxing by polluting pay-per-view with their brand of low-brow, ghetto-fabulous hooliganism.
This is it. This is when boxing emerges from its great depression riding the shoulders of De La Hoya and finally strikes a blow to the caged ignorance that is mixed martial arts.
It will happen.