After the spectacle that was Mayweather vs. Paul, the cries “Boxing is dead” followed soon after. People cried out that Floyd Mayweather, the best boxer of his era, could not knock out a YouTuber who only had one fight under his belt! His legacy is in shambles! His credibility is shot! My reply to all of that? Get a grip. Anyone who keeps up with the sport of boxing knows Floyd’s legacy in the sport was set long before this night ever occurred, and to imply otherwise is absurd. Boxing did not die when George Foreman fought in five exhibition fights in one day in 1975, nor did it die when Muhammad Ali and Antonio Inoki had an exhibition fight the following year. People who say this probably do not watch the sport anyway.
How can boxing be dead when less than 2 weeks ago Josh Taylor became only the fifth person in the four-belt era to become the undisputed champion? Nonito Doanire, a week later, became the oldest bantamweight champion ever at 38 years old after knocking out Nordine Oubaali in four rounds. Meanwhile, Canelo Alvarez kept taking steps towards building his all-time great legacy collecting another belt after dethroning Billy Joe Saunders. The remainder of the year does not look too shabby either. Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury III in July, along with the return of lightweight king, Teofimo Lopez. In August, Errol Spence will go to battle against Manny Pacquiao, and Canelo will more than likely be back against Caleb Plant in September in a huge unification bout. Those are four big fights within the next 90 days.
Boxing has its problems without a doubt. Too many belts in each weight class, promotional wars, and the top fighters not fighting each other to name a few. However, these exhibition fights? They did not kill boxing in the past, and they will not kill boxing now.