Boxing… The New Dramtic Comedy
It’s a day later but the aftermath of the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley fight still remains. In a night of boxing that can best be described as a dramatic comedy, we watched Pacquiao beat Bradley eleven of the twelve rounds they fought, only to come out on the wrong side of a split decision.
If you think Jerry Roth, who scored the fight in favor of Pacquiao, is blind for scoring it 115 – 113, Duane Ford and C.J. Ross must be Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder for their 115 – 113 score cards that favored Bradley.
Now the man in charge of Top Rank Boxing, Bob Arum, wants an investigation. Arum, the Corrupter-In-Chief, says hold on before we schedule the rematch.
So boxing decides to do it to the sport again. Coming off an incredible fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Miguel Cotto, where Mayweather showed he was the best technician in the game and Cotto showed himself a true warrior, boxing follows it up with a decision that makes boxing take two steps back again.
But I’m no longer mad at boxing for this. I’m mad at myself for believing that boxing could do two things right in a row. It was inevitable that boxing would inflict another wound on itself in a sport the majority of the people feel is already fixed.
Now we all believe this delays the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight even longer, but don’t be fooled this fight was not happening this year anyway. That fight will take place the summer of 2013 as planned by the powers that be.
Stop and think, it’s only logical; Mayweather was not going to take the Pacquiao fight as his first fight out of prison. Look for Mayweather to fight possibly Saul Alvarez or Amir Khan (this will line Arums pockets a little as a buffer to the Pacquiao fight) then Manny.
Manny will have the rematch with Bradley once this farce of an investigation is over, and barring Bradley being hypnotized by Sydney Poitier and getting the strength of Bootney Farnsworth and knocking Manny out, Pacquiao will win the fight.
The industry pockets will get richer with two more huge pay-per-views before the fight that everyone wants to see. All the while, The UFC is getting bigger and bigger and boxing is becoming a memory and it has only itself to blame.
In a sport that is so driven in the United States, by American boxers, it is doing everything in its power to turn young people away.
Boxers sell themselves on talent and charisma. A great boxer with little personality, especially if he’s non American, does not drive the revenue that they can make in the UFC or one of the Big Three sports. See Sergio Martinez, the best middleweight boxer in the game but can’t get a big payday fight.
So where does boxing go now? Back to the same old same old. It will find a way to do something right over the next few months only to screw the fans and the sport again.
This will only end when every state has one centralized commission and some of these ridicules weight classes and belts that are only good enough to hold your pants up go away. Then and only then the sport I love so much can regain a level of respectability.
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