Danny Green might have taken plenty of punches during his loss to Antonio Tarver but his popularity and hip pocket did not take a hit, according to Green Machine Boxing director Justin Manolikos.
Green, 38, will take a break from the sport before deciding whether he has a future in the ring after suffering the first stoppage loss of his career at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on Wednesday.
Manolikos felt the loss to Tarver, who claimed Green's International Boxing Organisation cruiserweight title, would not impact negatively on the fighter's public image and he could continue to be a financial success if he returned.
"I can't see why it wouldn't be a success," Manolikos said.
"There's no shame in losing to Antonio Tarver, who's an all-time great. Danny has a core fan base and there are a lot of people who respect what he has done for the sport in and out of the ring.
"I don't think there's any damage to the brand. If you speak to any person who was there, they were saying the undercard was an absolute cracker and the whole night was a typically slick Green Machine Boxing event."
Manolikos rejected speculation Green had lost money as well as the IBO crown to former light-heavyweight world champion Tarver, who was paid more than $1 million.
Although he would not discuss specific financial details, Manolikos said an assessment of the value of the contest would only be known when pay-per-view revenues were tallied, which could take weeks.
Gate takings, which were lower than expected, and money received for merchandise sales were known.
"We certainly didn't lose money," Manolikos said. "It's safe to say we expected a bigger crowd but having been over in Sydney for a week, it didn't stop raining. A typical walk-up is 500 to 1000 people and I think we only had a couple of hundred.
"The weather certainly didn't encourage people to be out and about. The flip side of that is, it could have a positive effect on the home pay-per-view buys."
Fewer than 6000 attended the fight, which was Green's toughest test, as he predicted.
A blistering ninth-round from Tarver ended the contest and left Green with a bruised and swollen face, dented pride and much to think about before he decides whether to return to the ring.
"Everyone has an opinion and they're all entitled to it but at the end of the day the decision is Danny Green's," Manolikos said.
Green's trainer, Angelo Hyder, expects his fighter to return, possibly in a rematch with Tarver.
But some family members and close friends are keen to see him hang up his gloves."There are a lot of people who respect what he has done for the sport."" *Justin Manolikos *
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