Boxing and Risk-based Management

Boxing is a risk event. Monitoring risk is like watching boxing, both with the intention to strike opportunities, prevent and mitigate threats, make the right response, and to make the right decision.

As a risk-based management practitioner, the sometimes bloody sport of boxing is so fascinating in my view as it relates so well with the concept of risk.

Boxers have their response plan to prevent or mitigate the punches. The boxing judges have a decision to make and it has to be the right one


In boxing, if one does not see whether the punch landed and where it landed, then one might make the wrong choice who wins. They will not appreciate the actual impact the blows bring.

Judges will not move the score. Risk managers will not make account of a realized risk (problem). It is imperative that observers be as hawk-eyed as they can possibly be to make the right decision.

If a punch or sub-event passes by without anyone taking notice, the project can wrongly claim success and the losing boxer can do a victory dance. Like it or not, the project can end up a total failure, while anyone of the boxers a complete loser.

Losing is an Opportunity! Amazing Statistics!

When Floyd (Money) Mayweather (48-0, 26 KO) and Manny (Pacman) Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KO) finally fought for the 2015 reported USD$500 Million dollars Welterweight (147lbs) title fight mega-bout, this risk principle came to view. In 2016, the report was updated to USD$600M.

This was the biggest singular boxing event that the world has known. No future boxing event will probably even equal it in the next 50 to 100 years.

“A $500M figure is already absolutely staggering, and jaw-dropping when you put it in context:

1) It’s more than the GDP of seven different countries, according to the International Monetary Fund.

2) USD$ 500M is more than the military budgets of India, Japan and Germany.

3) You could buy SIX different private islands, and have change left over.

4) If you worked for minimum wage it would take 33,156 YEARS to make as much as the fight made in one night.

Source: Dator, J., 2015.SB Nation.Pacquiao vs. Mayweather made more money than anyone imagined”

The purse for the fight was set at $300million (£194,502,705), which both boxers agreed be split 60/40 in the American’s favour prior to the fight.

Over the 12 rounds, Mayweather earned $4,994,681 per minute of action, with Pacquiao earning $3,329,787 per minute.

I’m sure that everyone who is reading this cannot earn a minute of these boxers even in multiple life time. So unbelievable! Wow!

The fight against Floyd Mayweather in May 2015 broke every financial record in boxing history, including 4.6 million PPV buys and total revenue of $600 million from PPV, tickets, international TV, sponsorships and merchandise. Pacquiao made $120 million for the fight with Mayweather pulling down a payday twice as big. It broke the USD500M expectation set in 2015 (Badenhause, K., 2016.Forbes Business).

The fight was a risk event in its own right. It was a huge opportunity to a lot of people, especially to Manny and Floyd, win or lose!

The Eyes of the Beholder

PacMan thought he won.

Final official result: Floyd won by unanimous decision. However, the debate goes on. It continued to be an exciting fight years after. Technical hindsight in various boxing forums favored Pacquiao just like this featured video).

Who can really question an opinion?

Video 1: Detailed Account of Pacquiao-Mayweather Mega-bout of the Century a year after the event (2016)

Limitation to Objectives

A project Manager has to exercise caution because risk-based management can be quite subjective.

In boxing, if one does not see whether the punch landed and where it landed, then one might make the wrong choice who wins. They will not appreciate the actual impact the blows bring. Judges will not move the score. Risk managers will not make account of it.

Risk Managers tends to see things only based on where they stand. The event passes by without anyone taking notice. The project can claim success and the losing boxer can do a victory dance. The reference points are their individual or the company objectives the person represents.

Man is driven by what he observes and/or by what he perceives to be.

Objectivity versus Subjectivity

“Each individual player within the risk universe will see things a bit differently compared to the next person, with some people interpreting things in exactly the opposite fashion. In each case, the person can see only one attribute. The simplistic objective point of view is that risk is either a threat or an opportunity, depending on the observer’s orientation to the goal (Frago, R., 2015.Risk-based Management in the World of Threats and Opportunities).

It is therefore plain and simple. What a man does is influenced by his interest, the things he advocates, his biases within, and the framework (codes) he follows while executing what he needs to accomplish in the pursuit of his goals.

Rufran C. Frago – Author (26-Feb-17)

Related sites:

Related articles authored by Rufran Frago.

  1. Risk Relativity
  2. Man is the Center of the Risk Universe
  3. Your World, Our Risk Universe
  4. Rufran Frago in the Global Risk Community Site
  5. Risks as a Function of Time
  6. A Person Perceives Others Based on His Own Interest

About rcfrago

Rufran C. Frago is a practicing Professional Engineer (APEGA), a PMP (PMI), a CCP (AACE) and a RMP (PMI). He has published more than 100 articles. He is the author of the book Risk-based Management in the World of Threats and Opportunities: A Project Controls Perspective He studied at Batangas State University and University of Batangas graduating with a Diploma in Petroleum Refinery Maintenance Technician (1979), Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (1984), and Bachelor of Science in Management Engineering in 1987 respectively. He was in his senior year taking up Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, needing only one semester to complete, when he took a break to concentrate on married life. Rufran has never stopped academic learning after getting his degrees in the University. He continues his education by taking up some MBA courses under the University of the Philippines-PBMIT Consortium (1987-1988). He completed Computer Technician Program at International Correspondence School, Pennsylvania, USA in 1994, Applied Project Management Certificate program at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in 2009, and Professional Management Certificate program specializing in Construction Management in 2014. He is now completing the Professional Management Certificate program specializing in Risk Management. He was a recipient of the Gerry Roxas Leadership Award (1976) and the American Field Service (AFS) Scholarship in 1976-77, studying in America for a year. Upon his return in 1977, California-Texas Philippines (Caltex Philippines Inc.), one of Asia’s biggest oil and gas refineries at the time, awards him with a two-year national college scholarship, specializing in Petroleum Refinery Maintenance. He went on extensive training in various maintenance disciplines for the next two years. Caltex hired him upon his graduation in 1979. He has spent more than 38 years of his life working in the Oil & Gas, Petrochemicals, Oleo-chemicals, Sugar Refining/Manufacturing, Consultancy, High School and University Education industries in Asia, Middle East, Canada, and North Africa). Rufran has worked with Caltex, Uniman, Unichem (now Cocochem), ARAMCO-KSA, Central Azucarera de Tarlac, Arabian Gulf Oil Company-Libya, Batangas State University, St. Bridget’s College, JG Summit Petrochemicals, Halliburton-Kellogg, Brown and Root, and OPTI Canada. He works with Suncor Energy Inc at present. He has wide range of expertise that includes problem solving, project management, training and mentoring, programs and projects planning and scheduling, cost management, risk-based management, construction management, project review and auditing, estimating, engineering and design, fabrication and module management, maintenance, operation, material selection, warehousing, EH&S and reliability engineering (predictive and preventive maintenance). He wants to share his knowledge and leave behind some form of legacy to all specially his wife, children and grandchildren, Eva and Mia.
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