In the world of sports it seems that every game or match has some sort of hype attached to it. And it makes sense, as the main goal of the business side of things is to sell as many tickets and pay per views as possible. That’s where the money is made.
Sometimes the event lives up to the hype and it was worth the price of admission or the price of watching it on TV on pay per view. But sometimes it’s not. Too many times over the years an event has a high price to watch it on pay per view or a high ticket price, and the matchup wasn’t what it was billed to be.
Mike Tyson is a perfect example. His fights were all built up and had some of the highest hype in boxing history. This was despite the fact that most of them didn’t deserve it. The price for his matches and pay per views were ridiculous and in the prime of his career he had eight fights that lasted less than a single minute. That’s right, eight of them. So eight times it took him longer to walk to the ring than it took to beat his opponent. And the world was all too glad to shell out good money for tickets and pay per views.
During that time a Mike Tyson fight was the biggest rip off in sports. Here we will take a look at several events that weren’t worth the money and didn’t live up to their hype.
10. Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm
This bout was for the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship and in today’s world of social media, this was one of the most hyped match ups in a long time. It’s good for the women of UFC to have everyone in the world talking about them, but this bout wasn’t a bout at all.
Rousey came in as the Champion and she had a worldwide following. Everywhere you looked you saw her. She isn’t a bad looking woman and she capitalized on her championship by becoming one of the most recognized athletes in the world. That is until she met up with Holm for the title in November.
There were 56,214 people in attendance in Australia, which is the highest turnout ever for a UFC event. It was also the 3rd highest selling pay per view event in UFC history, bringing in $1.1 million.
Rousey was heavily favored to defend her title but Holm beat her and beat her badly. Holm used a stick and move strategy and Rousey couldn’t get close to her. At the end of the first round the champion was bloodied and beaten but she came out for the second round. In the second round she went down after taking a shot to her chin and on the way up Holm connected with the kick heard ‘round the world. It hit Rousey on the side of the head, knocking her out and when Holm jumped on her the referee was forced to stop the match.
Just 59 seconds into the second round the champ was knocked out and the fight wasn’t anywhere close to what it was hyped up to be.
9. San Francisco 49ers win Super Bowl XXIV 55-10
A crowd of 72,919 jammed into the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans to watch the Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers battle it out for the NFL Championship. Denver had a record of 11-5 in the regular season and the 49ers had gone 14-2. Many people thought that Denver had a good shot at ending the Niners hopes for a second consecutive Super Bowl Championship.
It wasn’t even close as San Francisco jumped out to a 13-3 lead after the first quarter and led 27-3 at halftime. They went on to win their second straight Super Bowl, 55-10, in the most lopsided Super Bowl ever. The 55 points scored is the highest ever in a Super Bowl. If you were a 49ers fan the game was great. If you were a Broncos fan the game was a disaster. If you a football fan and went to the game, it was a rip off.
8. Game 7 of the 1985 World Series
This series for baseball’s World Championship, between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Kansas City Royals, was dubbed the I-70 series as both teams play in Missouri and their cities are connected by Interstate 70.
It was a back and forth series that was largely uneventful until Game 6 when the Cardinals had a chance to put the series away in Kansas City. They held a 1-0 lead going into the bottom of the ninth inning but thanks to a major mistake by the first base umpire, the Royals were able to score twice and force a seventh and decisive game.
The cross state rivals would face off in a Game 7 for the World Series Championship and the game was majorly hyped up, mainly because most people outside of the Missouri area, didn’t care about the series. The fans in Kansas City weren’t disappointed that night as their Royals won their first World Series ever, after a resounding 11-0 beating of the Cardinals.
Seventh games for world championships are supposed to be filled with drama. This one was scoreless after the first inning and then the drama was gone as the Royals began the beating in the second inning.
7. Mike Tyson vs. Michael Johnson
In 1985 Mike Tyson was still building his reputation. But it was a good one as he hadn’t yet even come close to losing a fight. He entered the fight with a 7-0 record while Michael Johnson came in with a record of 11-5.
Johnson was just 2-4 in his last six bouts and had no business being in the ring with Iron Mike. It took just 23 seconds for Johnson to hit the canvas but he was able to get up. But as soon as he did Tyson floored him with right hand to the jaw that dropped Johnson once again.
The referee didn’t even bother to start counting. He just waved the fight over before many people even realized what was happening. The official time of the fight was 39 seconds of the first round.
6. Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr.
The fight was dubbed “The Fight of the Century” on May 2nd, 2015. It was in the works for a very long time and the back and forth between the two camps seemed to never end. You couldn’t look at any sports web site without seeing something about this fight as it approached. This match up could be in the dictionary next to the word hype.
The WBA (Super), WBC, WBO, and The Ring, welterweight titles were on the line and Mayweather came in with a record of 47-0 against Pacquiao’s 57-5-2. The pay per view for the fight was ordered by 4.6 million people and it collected $410 million. It was the highest grossing pay per view event in history. And it wasn’t worth it.
Both fighters appeared to be fighting not to lose, instead of fighting to win. It was obvious that both fighters’ best days are long behind them. Mayweather won a unanimous 12 round decision and afterwards Pacquiao said that he fought with a previously undisclosed shoulder injury. If this is true, everyone that ordered the fight should have been given their money back. Fight of the Century? Yeah right.
5. Seattle Seahawks win Super Bowl XLVIII 43-8
The Denver Broncos make their second appearance on the list when they took their 13-3 regular season record into the Super Bowl against a Seattle Seahawks team that also had a 13-3 record in the regular season.
It was Peyton Manning’s first Super Bowl with Denver and many thought that Seattle wouldn’t be able to stop the offensive power that the Broncos had with Manning leading the way.
On the first play of the game the ball was snapped past Manning, who was in the middle of calling an audible. The ball went into the end zone for a Seattle safety and the route was on from the very beginning of the game.
They led 22-0 at halftime and at one point led the game 36-0, en route to a 43-8 blowout of the Broncos. It was the largest margin of victory in a Super Bowl by an underdog.
4. Mike Tyson vs. Lou Savarese
This was another typical Tyson beat down. He was just coming back into the ring after his stint in prison for rape. His previous fights on the comeback trail had been easy ones and this one proved to be no different.
Tyson came into the fight with a record of 47-3 and Savarese was 39-3. On paper it looked good enough to hype up, but as usual, Tyson wouldn’t let that happen. His first punch that hit something knocked Savarese down, and when he got up he was pummeled again.
The referee stopped the fight only 38 seconds into the first round and awarded Tyson a TKO. Those who paid for it were also knocked out by Iron Mike.
3. Mike Tyson vs. Robert Colay
Tyson came into this match at 9-0 while Colay was 14-5-1. It was the first fight that Iron Mike had that was scheduled for 8 rounds. At the 27 second mark of the first round Tyson blasted Colay into next week with a left hook that sent him to the canvas.
He did manage to get up at the count of nine but he was clearly out of it and the referee stopped the bout at the 37 second mark of the first round. It was Tyson’s second shortest fight and those in attendance were clearly disappointed at the length of the match.
2. Dallas Cowboys win Super Bowl XXVII 52-17
The Buffalo Bills played in their third straight Super Bowl after an 11-5 regular season and they were matched up against the Dallas Cowboys who had gone 13-3. 98,374 people crowded into the Rose Bowl to watch the Bills finally win the big one. Many people thought that the third time would be a charm for them. But it turned out to be another loss for the Bills as the Cowboys blasted them 52-17.
The Dallas defense forced 9 turnovers, four of them picks and five fumbles, to set a Super Bowl record. The only fans left in the stadium at the end of the game were Dallas fans as it was just another Super Bowl that didn’t live up to the hype.
1. Mike Tyson vs. Marvis Frazier
This fight gave a new meaning to the Howard Cosell phrase “Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier!” Joe Frazier’s son Marvin entered the ring in Glens Falls, New York with a record of 16-1 while Tyson came in at 24-0. Frazier had defeated James “Bonecrusher” Smith and James “Quick” Tillis so many thought that he might actually give Iron Mike a run for his money.
ABC used the Frazier angle to build up the hype and garner a huge viewing audience. But most people missed the bout as Tyson made it the shortest of his career. He forced Frazier into the corner where he let loose with two devastating uppercuts that knocked Frazier out. Before he hit the mat Tyson continued to blast him with several more shots.
The referee started his count with Frazier leaning against the ropes. But he stopped the count at 5 and ended the bout at the 30 second mark of the first round. It took Cosell longer to say his historic remarks than it took for this fight to end. At least it wasn’t on pay per view.