He really called him out in his fight game season-ending show. He essentially called him out for putting his best fighters in fights with bums and protecting them for no real reason.
I think any unbiased person would agree to a large extent. The year for Danny Garcia, for example, was an absolute waste. The same for Adrien Broner and Adonis Stevenson. I am not sure what guys like Leo Santa Cruz and Lucas Matthysse have been up to.They have essentially been moved to a smaller network (Showtime) and taken lesser fights this year. The fiasco with Kid Chocolate was pretty annoying.
I am hoping this sets up for an exciting 2015, but I will believe it when I see it. Taking his fighters to a network that almost no casual fan knows exists (NBC Sports Network???) doesn't give me much confidence. I think the recent fights for both Amir Khan and Tim Bradley speak volumes. Bradley got more than double the purse and a much greater audience than Amir Khan got despite fighting a lesser opponent. I think Khan is the more popular fighter with a much more fan-friendly style as well.
I like the idea of all the best fighters being under the control of one guy, but at some point these Haymon fighters have to fight someone of note. Broner should not be continuing to fight B-level guys. The same goes for Garcia and Lamont Peterson. It is time for all of these fighters to start making moves. Hopefully for the sport we all love, 2015 will feature some of those key bouts.
I couldn't care less about what Lampley says or feels, so I'll leave that right there. I do agree with what you said about these guys needing to fight better opponents, I truly agree. However, in some way, these guys need to become a bit bigger than they are the sport, because boxing isn't THAT big of a household sport.
Of course we have our stars in the sport, but more people need to know who guys like Khan, Berto, Ortiz, Maidana, and so on, are. Again, what's the point of putting on these "fantasy" fights, when the only people that know these fighters, are us hardcore fans?
Again, I tooootally agree with your stance that these guys need to be in bigger fights, I do. I just want more people (other than hardcore fans) to know about these guys, or it's somewhat of a waste.
In one breath, you argue that some fighters had a bad year, but according to the numbers, guys like Danny Garcia can pull in 850k views fighting guys like Rod Salka, while Peterson and Jacobs fight no-hopers. I wish there was a formula to this, I really do.
If the unqualified observer sees Garcia knock Salka's lights out, then they're automatically going to become a fan....more than likely. Us casual fans hate the idea of the Garcias of the world fighting the Salkas of the world, but if that brings in more casual fans, then...I don't truly agree with it, BUT, the promoters and networks have to do their jobs....bring in more viewers and buyers.
It's a sticky situation, and yes, business can spoil a lot of shit....we all know this. However, hardcore boxing fans are NEVER happy, so that comes into to play as well. If Garcia/Salka can draw 850k views, then what do you think the promoters, advisors, networks and so on, are gonna give us?
We as hardcore fans get GREAT fights, and we're either unhappy with the results (guys hoping that Lucas KO'd Danny, but he didn't) or we're already demanding more, even if we just got a fight that we were clamoring for.
It's a tough situation, but we can't just blame it on Haymon. Bob puts Manny in against anybody nowadays, then gives us a shitty undercard, but nobody cracks their mouths open to complain. Instead, "fans" and the media just to look to the opposite side (Mayweather/Haymon) and point the finger, as to why boxing isn't what it's supposed to be.
Don't you think that if Manny/Arum were doing big numbers and putting on great cards, that the media, HBO, and "fans" would care about what Haymon has going on? Let that marinate for a minute.
It's more like a sour puss parade nowadays...."We (HBO, Arum) aren't doing so great, so let's try to dig up dirt on them (Haymon, Mayweather, SHOtime) and blame them for not giving our guy (Manny) a fight that he (and we) so desperately needs nowadays".