The Decade of Change series at SBNation.com continues this week and today a piece went up on the things SC of Bad Left Hook would like to see change in boxing over the next ten years. Most relevant to MMA fans would be the lesson that boxing needs to learn from the UFC:
You can't take everything from the UFC, especially immediately, but little things can be implemented. The presentation of the sport needs to be updated. The sport's advertising seems stuck in the 1990s, and its fighters don't get enough of a chance to build a genuine rapport with the audience the way the UFC's combatants have over this past decade. There's a disconnect there that doesn't exist in the UFC, and that's surely by design. From the heroes like Randy Couture to the villains like Brock Lesnar and the lesser fighters on the undercards, UFC's fans care about the fighters. UFC fans know a lot about guys like Chris Lytle. Boxing fans have to dig on their own to learn much about guys on a similar level.
Boxing is at a crossroads. The potential for Mayweather-Pacquiao -- the biggest possible fight in sports today -- is still there. That fight alone is a win for boxing, but then what? UFC builds its young fighters into stars. Boxing's young stars are built almost solely on hype, press releases, and word of mouth.
There is much more great stuff to read in the article as well as the rest of the SB Nation Decade of Change series.