But first, I will assert that boxing decisions are often the low point of professional sports. Some decisions, or stoppages, don’t look controversial so much as, well, arranged.
Let’s start with the power curve, the fight promoters.
How powerful are promoters? In 1987, I remember the-then undisputed king of boxing, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, right after losing a razor-thin decision to rival Sugar Ray Leonard.
Hagler had been the man. Now he was an ex-champion, who would never fight again.
Hagler sat down with the event promoter, Bob Arum, to grant post-fight interviews. He then turned his head toward Arum, and called him something. He called him “boss.” It was an apt title. Promoters rule the game.
How can this be? It’s best understood by explaining the function of the promoter. Boxing promoters function much like music promoters, so I’ll use them for comparison.
Music promoters are investors looking for potential attractions. Attractions draw in money from the public so the organization can pay its’ bills and make a profit. These attractions have to be developed.
Here is how things get done. Some artist or band appears on some local stage and gets noticed. More gigs allow the act to season. With talent and preparation comes luck. The luck is the connection to a major promoter. This promoter has the connections to allow the act to progress in bigger and bigger venues.
After nurturing the act along, often funding it in a myriad of different ways, the act begins to pay back the investment. For the promoter, the gamble/investment is beginning to pay off. It is time to nurture and protect the cash cow, squeeze the profits while the act is at the top. When the act is no longer at the top, the promoter looks to dump the act as soon and cheaply as possible.
Any perception of morality or fairness is just that, a perception. It is a business only. The human element doesn’t exist any more than it would in the buying or selling of grain.
Now that you understand the music promoter you almost understand the boxing promoter. Here are the rest of the pieces.
Boxing lives off the perception of invincibility to a large degree. This is why 5,000 people don’t show up to watch a bar fight. A loss for a star or developing phenom is bad for business. It reduces return on investment for the promoter and his backers. It is for this reason that things generally work out for the fighter who has a contract with the boss.
I know these words may seem harsh, but a boxing bet predictor makes picks based upon informational awareness, not hype.