Can 'fight of the century' revive boxing? Getty Images Fans and beginners alike from around the world tuned in to watch boxing legends Floyd Mayweather Junior and Manny Pacquiao go head to head this weekend, but experts say the much-hyped fight is unlikely to boost boxing's popularity in the global sports arena. The sport's violence, a lack of generation-defining heavyweight champions and a poor business model are commonly cited as reasons for the sport's waning popularity in the past decade despite its money-making potential. It lacks a decent injection of sponsorship dollars," said Naveen Menon, partner and head of communications, media and technology practice at A.
The New Paper Apr 24, It is a fight that has been five years in the making and, on May 3 Singapore time , two of the world's biggest names in boxing will finally lock horns in what has been billed as the "Fight of the Century".
Singapore's top boxer Ridhwan Ahmad is not put off by the price. I honestly thought it was going to cost much more.
There's going to be a few other skilled boxers fighting on the undercard.
I think he'll come out on top in the end. It gets more and more expensive at every edition, but people still pay for the broadcast," said the year-old.
It's two of the world's best boxers, and in HD. I wouldn't mind paying, so that one day, when I have kids, I can tell them that I watched the 'Fight of the Century'.
Meanwhle, Pacquiao's teleconference call on Monday was abruptly halted just minutes after it began with promoter Bob Arum delivering an obscenity before telling organisers to shut it down.
Let's reorganise and do this call some other time, please. We had a great training camp and good sparring partners," Roach said of the mega showdown with Mayweather. Asked how his training was going, Pacquiao simply said, "very good". The channel will be available for purchase from April 28 onwards.
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