Before I rant on about all of this I need to make something clear... I am not basing this entire subject matter on what I read on the boards here on BLH exclusively. A fine portion of what I am about to write about is coming from my experiences at fights over the last few years and reading other boxing blogs.
I think we need to have a discussion about networks, promoters and the fighters affiliated with each. Boxing as a whole is clearly divided because of the ego's of promoters, managers, networks and fighters. These people get pieces of the money pie. As fans, we want to see good match ups. We want to see good cards that are worth our time and money. The problem I am seeing these days is fans picking sides. Us fans see no money from fighters purses. We have no dog in the PPV numbers fight. I understand the need to converse about such things, because it shows us who could be potentially matched up with who and why it makes sense on a financial level. But these types of conversations happen too often I feel and it distracts us from enjoying the fights at the end of the day. HBO and Showtime are doing a fine job making fights with what they have at this point. But lets be real... If these networks and promoters didn't have everything so divided we could probably be getting even better matches and cards. I know we can't change the minds of top executives and promotional companies, but that doesn't mean we can't demand it. I don't think fans picking sides and bashing one network and saying another one is better is somehow helping our situation as boxing fans.
Maybe I am complaining too much, but I sincerely dislike that fans are choosing sides on all of this.