Recently HBO has decided not to show Guillermo Rigondeaux’s next fight on the basis that he is a ‘boring fighter’. This is a fighter who embarrassed and almost knocked out the ‘second coming of Manny Pacquiao’. This is a fighter who, in 12 pro fights, has established himself as one of the elite fighters in the sport.
I had money on Rigondeaux because I saw it coming; HBO clearly did not. Neither did Bob Arum. This is why they are doing exactly what they did to Tim Bradley for beating Pacquiao; they are punishing the winner for making them look stupid. HBO did nothing but shove Donaire down the fan’s throats for years as he fought no-hopers like Arce, Nishioka and Navarez. Now, you would think that Rigondeaux putting on such a spectacular performance against a guy that they thought was THE guy at 122 would impress them. Apparently, it didn’t. It just made them feel dumb which is precisely what they are. This is why, with a larger budget and twice the subscribers they cannot find a way to outperform Showtime.
I am sick and tired of being a boxing fan and watching this garbage continue to ruin the sport. Bob Arum, Jim Lampley, and Larry Merchant’s bloated egos and unwavering ignorance have almost become too much to bear.
**Published In The Ring Magazine** October Issue