Avila Manifesto: No More Coverage of Al Haymon or Mayweather Fights

I, David A. Avila, am declaring a personal boycott of all boxing events promoted by Mayweather Promotions or Premier Boxing Champions, and any events promoted by Floyd Mayweather or Al Haymon.

Greed at the expense of the media seemed to be their ultimate design last Saturday when Mayweather defended his undefeated record against Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Many of the regular boxing media were shut out from attending the fight or covering it inside the arena.

Instead, photographers and deadline reporters were forced to watch the fight on a television screen situated in a tent outside of the MGM Garden Arena.

A tent.

Journalists who received press credentials that allowed them inside the arena did not get approval until the actual day of the fight. It was total disrespect of the media. I’m not talking about those sports journalists from CNN or ESPN who do not regularly report on boxing, I’m talking about the hardcore boxing journalists who supply their army of readers on a regular basis with stories of Mayweather, Pacquiao and many others.

It’s the boxing media that keeps the sport flowing. Not television.

Whether or not Haymon or Mayweather realize it, they cannot succeed without the media pumping out stories on a daily basis. It seems they opted to sell tickets for seating that usually goes to the press. Allegedly, they attempted to sell tickets for $50,000 a crack. When no buyers could be found, they probably decided to return those seats to the media. That’s my opinion.

I was actually told via e-mail on Saturday morning that I would be seated inside the arena. I decided a day earlier that I would not attend. I wanted promoters, especially those affiliated with Haymon and Mayweather, to know that I was not attending the so-called “Fight of the Century.” I expected a very low-action fight and decided it was not worth getting in the car in the last minute and driving more than 300 miles to Las Vegas.

After all, I’ve been covering Mayweather since 1997. I wrote several stories when he fought Genaro “Chicanito” Hernandez in 1998 to win the junior lightweight world title. I’ve been covering boxing for daily newspapers since 1993. I’ve written on boxing since 1985. It’s a job for me and those subjects I want to write about are my own decision.

My decision now is to refuse to write about any fighters under PBC or Mayweather promotions. Or any of those signed with Haymon.

Many other promoters exist in the sport of boxing. This isn’t the first time a promoter tried to control the media. History is filled with other Napoleonic-like promoters. They all fall face-first.

If I’m the only one to boycott PBC or Mayweather Promotions, so be it. But I’m sure there will be others.

Sorry readers, but these people are greedy and have no respect for journalists.

Let’s see what the Boxing Writers Association of America decides.

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COMMENTS

-teaser :

don't blame you ?hope you get lots of support


-deepwater2 :

Hey Avila, I applaud your courage in taking that stance. A guy from my Vegas group got a ticket from one of those last minute Haymon/Mayweather flunky guys for $3,000. The day before they were offering same ticket for $20,000, he paid us our share and took the ticket. The same guy took a picture with one of Mayweather's women and before you know it, a goon came over and grabbed her by the arm and told her she knew that she wasn't allowed to do that. Anyway in my humble opinion you should cover Haymon's boxing league and call out the mismatches and all the shenanigans that go along with the WWE type production. Break up the monopoly from the inside.


-MCM :

I agree that the media keeps the sport flowing. And, I find your stand laudable. Now, personally, I'm waiting for some flow on Alvarez-Kirkland! I'm infinitely more excited about this Saturday's fight (which I will watch come hell, wife, or highwater) than I was about last Saturday's fight (which I did not watch).


-Radam G :

A BIG salute to you. There will be others who will join you. As I always say, "Those in the loop of the poop" know the scoop and what time it is. You are 100-percent right. TsAH attempting to warehouse the pug journalists will fail big TIME. As I've said from the jump, tsAH is a menace to the promotion of the sweet science. He wants pug journalists who will write his fighting mismatches as even matches. I can't say anything good about the dude, so right now, I will say nothing. In the end, tsAH will lose. And like an atom -- SPLIT!!! Holla!


-Kid Blast :


But if you write bad things about a certain boxer, chickens can have a way of retuning to the roost.


-amayseng :

I agree that disrespect should not go without consequence.


-Bernie Campbell :

If it werent for Sam Watson I would have given up when Joe Calzahge retired! Hit the road Jack!


-Radam G :

If it werent for Sam Watson I would have given up when Joe Calzahge retired! Hit the road Jack!
You are a funny dude. Holla!


-brownsugar :

I enjoy reading Avila's savvy musings about the fight game... He's good at picking up on unique aspects of the sport of boxing and presenting his observations with his own patented mesquite flavored perspective. I especially liked his "Southwest Boxing" series where Avila shared his profound interest and experience of the pugilistic happenings in the southwest region. His astute and comprehensive coverage of the PBC will be missed as I never miss a PBC Show or a Mayweather fight. However I can empathize with the ticket situation. MGM got 40% and Haymon and Top Rank received 30% each. My understanding is that MGM released their tickets to high rollers and resellers while Haymon/TopRank released their tickets to resellers as well, leaving only a combined total of 500 tickets for the public. According to reports, a savage feeding frenzy ensued, the likes of which the world has never seen since tickets went on sale to the inaugural first season of "The Christian vs The Lions" in the Roman Colosseum. By the time Arum and Haymon burped...and pushed themselves back from the table, somebody had sacrificed a small child to Satan in order to watch the fight. Capitalism at it's most intense. If that weren't bad enough ...millions of loyal fans who pinned their hopes , and their hard earned cash on the only welterweight in the universe capable of chastising the Evil One had lied on the medical questionnaire issued to him by the Nevada Boxing Commission by reporting that he was medically fit to compete in the fight of the Century. Apparently the news of Pacquiao's injured rotory cuff was buried by Paq, Roach, and Arum who presented a possibly damaged bill of goods to fans who were betting the farm that the congressman would slap a veto on Mayweather's continued undefeated record. Only to discover that his whole team conspired to conceal that their hero may not have been fit to fulfill his promise. It appears Manny and his team were just in it for the cash grab like everyone else involved... Because its obvious that Manny couldn't beat Mayweather if they grafted a third arm on Manny's broad shoulders. As a result Manny faces possible fines and suspensions for attempting to dupe the public. And in the meantime an entire butthurt nation seek solace by printing stories about Mayweather's past criminal record. As if his criminal record has anything to do with anything pertaining to Manny's lopsided defeat this past weekend.


-brownsugar :

He's so brave Arum says.... Yeah right.


-Radam G :

I enjoy reading Avila's savvy musings about the fight game... He's good at picking up on unique aspects of the sport of boxing and presenting his observations with his own patented mesquite flavored perspective. I especially liked his "Southwest Boxing" series where Avila shared his profound interest and experience of the pugilistic happenings in the southwest region. His astute and comprehensive coverage of the PBC will be missed as I never miss a PBC Show or a Mayweather fight. However I can empathize with the ticket situation. MGM got 40% and Haymon and Top Rank received 30% each. My understanding is that MGM released their tickets to high rollers and resellers while Haymon/TopRank released their tickets to resellers as well, leaving only a combined total of 500 tickets for the public. According to reports, a savage feeding frenzy ensued, the likes of which the world has never seen since tickets went on sale to the inaugural first season of "The Christian vs The Lions" in the Roman Colosseum. By the time Arum and Haymon burped...and pushed themselves back from the table, somebody had sacrificed a small child to Satan in order to watch the fight. Capitalism at it's most intense. If that weren't bad enough ...millions of loyal fans who pinned their hopes , and their hard earned cash on the only welterweight in the universe capable of chastising the Evil One had lied on the medical questionnaire issued to him by the Nevada Boxing Commission by reporting that he was medically fit to compete in the fight of the Century. Apparently the news of Pacquiao's injured rotory cuff was buried by Paq, Roach, and Arum who presented a possibly damaged bill of goods to fans who were betting the farm that the congressman would slap a veto on Mayweather's continued undefeated record. Only to discover that his whole team conspired to conceal that their hero may not have been fit to fulfill his promise. It appears Manny and his team were just in it for the cash grab like everyone else involved... Because its obvious that Manny couldn't beat Mayweather if they grafted a third arm on Manny's broad shoulders. As a result Manny faces possible fines and suspensions for attempting to dupe the public. And in the meantime an entire butthurt nation seek solace by printing stories about Mayweather's past criminal record. As if his criminal record has anything to do with anything pertaining to Manny's lopsided defeat this past weekend.
Don't hold your breath. Nobody will give Money May any slack. Women are off limits for a manly attack. If you don't remind him, he will slip up and do it again. Holla!


-Kid Blast :

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Hmm. The writer basically confesses to a "one hand washes the other" deal with promoters...This more like a hissy fit than anything else.


-brownsugar :

Don't hold your breath. Nobody will give Money May any slack. Women are off limits for a manly attack. If you don't remind him, he will slip up and do it again. Holla!
I don't care who gives Floyd any slack RG... That situation will take care of itself. I'm saying that while a nation of sore losers try to project Manny's loss upon Floyd's jail record for emotional comfort....they fail to realize that Team Manny took an entire nation to the cleaners by selling them damaged goods. Floyd said he wasn't a stickup artist he said he steals entire Banks....apparently so does Manny.


-stormcentre :

I don't care who gives Floyd any slack RG... That situation will take care of itself. I'm saying that while a nation of sore losers try to project Manny's loss upon Floyd's jail record for emotional comfort....they fail to realize that Team Manny took an entire nation to the cleaners by selling them damaged goods. Floyd said he wasn't a stickup artist he said he steals entire Banks....apparently so does Manny.
Oh . . that's just a beautifully scripted post right there . . . . 10/10. Now since my alter ego and persona called DJ MK Ultra likes to remix things . . . . if I was ever asked . . . ("and I know you won't mind BS, as cream is never made from crap") the only "remix" changes I would make to your original version are these. . . " I don't care who gives Floyd any slack RG... That situation will take care of itself. I'm saying that while a nation of sore losers try to project Manny's loss upon Floyd's jail record , for emotional comfort....they fail to realize that Team Manny took an entire nation () to the cleaners by selling them damaged goods (). Floyd said he wasn't a stickup artist he said he steals entire Banks....apparently so does Manny" So . . . therefore . . from above we have a BrownSugar & StormCentre collaboration . . . .
StormCentre feat. BrownSugar remix of "Team Manny Takes An Entire Nation 2 Da Cleaners". Out now on Silk Records boy & girls.


-stormcentre :

I don't care who gives Floyd any slack RG... That situation will take care of itself. I'm saying that while a nation of sore losers try to project Manny's loss upon Floyd's jail record for emotional comfort....they fail to realize that Team Manny took an entire nation to the cleaners by selling them damaged goods. Floyd said he wasn't a stickup artist he said he steals entire Banks....apparently so does Manny.
Oh . . that's just a beautifully scripted post right there . . . . 10/10. Now since my alter ego and persona called DJ MK Ultra likes to remix things . . . . if I was ever asked . . . ("and I know you won't mind BS, as cream is never made from crap") the only "remix" changes I would make to your "original version" are these. . . " I don't care who gives Floyd any slack RG... That situation will take care of itself. I'm saying that while a nation of sore losers try to project Manny's loss upon Floyd's jail record , for emotional comfort....they fail to realize that Team Manny took an entire nation () to the cleaners by selling them damaged goods (). Floyd said he wasn't a stickup artist he said he steals entire Banks....apparently so does Manny" So . . . therefore . . from above we have a BrownSugar & StormCentre collaboration . . . .
StormCentre feat. BrownSugar remix of "Team Manny Takes An Entire Nation 2 Da Cleaners". Out now on Silk Records boy & girls.


-brownsugar :

Excellent editing Storm...you are a natural.


-brownsugar :

I'm not sorry about watching the fight we had a great time.......one take away I have is that you can always trust Mayweather to bring his best or make the best of a bad situation... The most consistent and responsible boxer in the biz, bare none.


-stormcentre :

Avila is a good boxing reporter, there's no doubt about that. But I am not sure he will boycott all fights and promotions as suggested. Particularly if both, it becomes known that there was more behind/to the motive story and/or he finds that, in the future, he has far less fights to report on. Sure many other promoters and advisers and would be world/boxing leaders have tried and failed to control the media, but Haymon - even aside from all the popular, top-level, and possibly top-level fighters he currently has signed (which surely must be more than most other modern day promoters ever have had signed at 1 time) - is a different kettle of fish altogether. Add to the mix Richard from Golden Boy will be there soon. As will Floyd in a post-competition sense. And perhaps you have a new business or operational model, that has less reliance on reporters. One thing is for sure, it's been a long time since there have been so many fighters that are happy with the advisor/promotional arrangement, as now seems to be the case with PBC and Haymon; that bond (one significant mainstay of the fight game) will be hard to break so long as the fighters continue to be, and feel, looked after. Time will tell, but I think most other promoters, advisers and would be world/boxing leaders that have tried and failed, did not have the aforementioned amount of fighters both signed up and (perhaps more importantly) happy. Then, of course, there is the fact that Haymon is (effectively) starting his own broadcasting facility and/or network. So, why does he need reporters again? I am not saying that what - Avila says - is happening is good, right, or wrong. Just offering some facts and also hopefully opening the door to what is a bigger and higher resolution picture.


-stormcentre :

Excellent editing Storm...you are a natural.
:)


-stormcentre :


Pac & Arum being sued for failing to disclose the Pac's shoulder injury ahead of the big fight Saturday night in Las Vegas against Floyd Mayweather - let's see where this goes.
->http://www.cnbc.com/id/102651414 A pair of fight watchers on Tuesday filed a class-action suit against Manny Pacquiao and the fight promoter Top Rank, alleging the camp failed to disclose the fighter's shoulder injury ahead of the big fight Saturday night in Las Vegas against Floyd Mayweather.
The plaintiffs, Stephane Vanel and Kami Rahbaran, are seeking $5 million on behalf of themselves and more than 100 other ticket holders. Legal representatives for Vanel and Rahbaran said the summons were issued on Tuesday and they will be served within the next couple of days. Pacquiao's advisor, Michael Koncz, and Top Rank employees Todd DuBoef and Robert Arum are also listed as
defendants in the lawsuit. Koncz told the New York Daily News on Tuesday that it was he, not Pacquiao, who filled out the prefight medical questionnaire in which the injury to boxer's right shoulder should have been declared. Top Rank's attorney, Daniel Petrocelli, said, "The lawsuit is completely frivolous. Nothing was concealed, and I expect it to be dismissed in due course." Pacquiao did not immediately respond to a request for comment sent via Twitter. The other defendants could not be reached for comment. The bout, which was referred to as the fight of the century in the run up to the broadcast, was available for about $100 through HBO, Showtime and other pay-per-view platforms. The event was projected to rake in as much as $300 million in domestic PPV purchases, according to an ESPN report.


-The Shadow :

I don't care who gives Floyd any slack RG... That situation will take care of itself. I'm saying that while a nation of sore losers try to project Manny's loss upon Floyd's jail record for emotional comfort....they fail to realize that Team Manny took an entire nation to the cleaners by selling them damaged goods. Floyd said he wasn't a stickup artist he said he steals entire Banks....apparently so does Manny.
It's sad, isn't it? Thanks for being a voice of reason, as usual.


-Kid Blast :


It does appear the mainstream media (mostly ignorant of what boxing is all about) was granted full access to this extravaganza while boxing?s own veteran media, BWAA buffet divers, and often Mayweather haters seemed to be on the outside looking in. Rumor has it that even the ?esteemed? Thomas Hauser was denied credentials as apparently was a host of others. Of course, when you write bad things about a certain boxer (like CNN?S Rachel Nichols did), chickens have a way of coming home to roost
But to boycott a promoter/manager/advisor shows just how dependent these "writers" are on them


-Domenic :


Pac & Arum being sued for failing to disclose the Pac's shoulder injury ahead of the big fight Saturday night in Las Vegas against Floyd Mayweather - let's see where this goes.
->http://www.cnbc.com/id/102651414 A pair of fight watchers on Tuesday filed a class-action suit against Manny Pacquiao and the fight promoter Top Rank, alleging the camp failed to disclose the fighter's shoulder injury ahead of the big fight Saturday night in Las Vegas against Floyd Mayweather.
The plaintiffs, Stephane Vanel and Kami Rahbaran, are seeking $5 million on behalf of themselves and more than 100 other ticket holders. Legal representatives for Vanel and Rahbaran said the summons were issued on Tuesday and they will be served within the next couple of days. Pacquiao's advisor, Michael Koncz, and Top Rank employees Todd DuBoef and Robert Arum are also listed as
defendants in the lawsuit. Koncz told the New York Daily News on Tuesday that it was he, not Pacquiao, who filled out the prefight medical questionnaire in which the injury to boxer's right shoulder should have been declared. Top Rank's attorney, Daniel Petrocelli, said, "The lawsuit is completely frivolous. Nothing was concealed, and I expect it to be dismissed in due course." Pacquiao did not immediately respond to a request for comment sent via Twitter. The other defendants could not be reached for comment. The bout, which was referred to as the fight of the century in the run up to the broadcast, was available for about $100 through HBO, Showtime and other pay-per-view platforms. The event was projected to rake in as much as $300 million in domestic PPV purchases, according to an ESPN report.
Here is a copy of the questionnaire:
->http://www.newstalk.com/Has-Manny-Pacquiao-perjured-himself-in-pre-fight-questionaire Definitely nothing ambiguous about the 6th question (or any for that matter). Koncz is trying to fall on the sword for Manny, which is commendable. He's clearly the designated fall guy here, he's Scooter Libby. But both signed it. Not reading the document, which has an impossible-to-miss perjury disclaimer directly above the signatures, is not a legal defense. Not sure this lawsuit will go anywhere, but it perpetuates the ugly narrative nonetheless.


-stormcentre :

Here is a copy of the questionnaire:
->http://www.newstalk.com/Has-Manny-Pacquiao-perjured-himself-in-pre-fight-questionaire Definitely nothing ambiguous about the 6th question (or any for that matter). Koncz is trying to fall on the sword for Manny, which is commendable. He's clearly the designated fall guy here, he's Scooter Libby. But both signed it. Not reading the document, which has an impossible-to-miss perjury disclaimer directly above the signatures, is not a legal defense. Not sure this lawsuit will go anywhere, but it perpetuates the ugly narrative nonetheless.
Good stuff D, Yes, I deliberately said nothing about how Kontz was playing the fall guy; waiting to see if someone would pick it up. Well spotted. Yes, as we can all see; the NSAC not only did the right thing - but PacTeam blatantly did the wrong thing. Yet, everyone keeps hating on Floyd. Because unless you fight the other guy's fight (irrespective of the other guy's interesting PacJuicePast which also all but completely {PacQueen ignored} confirmed by his trainer and promoter) you are not in a valid boxing match and you never legitimately ever win. You gotta have a sense of humour; hence the term "PacQueens". Love it !!!!! The endless controversy and hypocriticality-ism-schism-phobia. :) Here, chill on this absolutely incredible remix of Converted Universe.
Quite literally; some of the hottest European & Swedish night club girlies I have ever seen, simply run to the dance floor when this comes on; dressed in lingerie tops and nice little shorties. Yum.
Storm


-Radam G :

I don't care who gives Floyd any slack RG... That situation will take care of itself. I'm saying that while a nation of sore losers try to project Manny's loss upon Floyd's jail record for emotional comfort....they fail to realize that Team Manny took an entire nation to the cleaners by selling them damaged goods. Floyd said he wasn't a stickup artist he said he steals entire Banks....apparently so does Manny.
Hehehe! You know da deal:
->https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Ll3uipTO-4A. Holla!


-cliccmade :

Dude is acting like a spoiled brat. Who cares if the promoters aren't claiming for your attention like the did in the 70's and 80's it's the land of social media and honestly they don't need you like you need them. The gross display of some of your contemporaries is the reason I am happy the power is leaving the boxing writers. To try to make the even about Floyd Mayweather the domestic abuser versus the boxer was disgusting!!! Some of you made us feel like we were purchasing a ticket to watch him beat up on women instead of a boxing match. Not okay!!!!


-Radam G :

Wow! A lot of women beaters must be popping off. And they musta' hit themselves with a couple of those fists and feet. Sorry, my friend, but the nosy, meddling writers are not being replaced by social media. Not even close. Holla!


-Kid Blast :


Adios Avila.


-stormcentre :

Look, I am neither for or against some of the comments here . .. but gotta say . . . . Love the unrestricted opinions; no matter what. The boxing world is on fire, everybody is throwing writs around, MayPac is over, and we're all going to inherit the legacy of a thousand inept, insane, and incestuous forebearers. Well, I guess that's OK really - I mean that approach didn't harm the Egyptians and Romans; did it? Heck, I want to sue someone !!!!!! Just to be a part of it. :) Lucky I got Mermaid; she keeps me warm and wet at night; nudge, nudge, wink, wink. Lets keep rocking. This is only round 4. :)