Not Feeling the Love for Boxing After Pacquiao Loss

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As I am STILL attempting to recover from my child-free weekend on the Jersey Shore – you know, the drinking, partying that comes with such a thing – I am also STILL in shock over Manny Pacquiao’s loss to Timothy Bradley, Jr. Saturday night.

What I am struggling to understand is why did the judges reward a man for losing a fight.  Pacquiao connected on 253 punches to Bradley’s 159.  Furthermore, Compubox statistics showed Pacquiao landing more punches in 10 of the 12 rounds.  ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael scored it 119-109 for Pacquiao.

However, you wouldn’t know it if you heard it from the judges.  Check out this gem from one of those “judges” Duane Ford:

“I thought Bradley gave Pacquiao a boxing lesson.  I thought a lot of the rounds were close. Pacquiao missed a lot of punches and I thought he was throwing wildly.”

I really do not know what to think of boxing at this point.

This is the same boxing I grew up loving as a child.  I remember watching title fights on “The Wide World of Sports” on ABC in the early eighties.  Hell, I remember the “Marvelous Marvin Hagler” boxing set my dad gave my brother and I when we were kids.

Now, this is the same boxing that thrives off corrupt judges and even more corrupt promoters (Don King and Bob Arum I am looking at you both).  This is the same sport that for some reason will not give us fights that we want to see – Floyd Mayweather, Jr./Pacquiao and a late as hell Roy Jones Jr./Bernard Hopkins tilt come to mind.

I never want to say never, but I am pretty much close to done with boxing.  Professional wrestling thinks that boxing is a fraud.

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. SamDaMan says:

    The real truth here is top fighters makes money from PPV. Money in boxing is made by the few on the top. The scrubs that barely register on boxing’s radar get paid chump money. Being a boxing icon is money. Top fighters then get controlled by the system…this system is controlled by Bob Arum(currently). Champions then get to pick and choose their fights for the most part by jumping weight classes and creating imaginary walls of distance between themselves and other top fighters. It’s a business decision and it doesn’t happen just in boxing. Anderson Silva has been dodging better competition for years by fighting in the weakest weight class in all of MMA. This is a guy who walks around in the 220lb. range but drops to 185 for a fight. Back to the basics…money is made by boxers in their prime and after their prime if managed properly by dodging younger, hungrier fighters. See Pacquiao Saturday night and you’ll know what I mean…he was probably the better fighter but he didn’t bring it every single round…winning rounds is what matters in boxing not the most connected punches not knock downs…decisions are won by round to round totals……off on a tangent…boxing is rigged…maybe not inside the ring but outside the ring when fighters dodge opponents…the organization of boxing is poor and to be controlled by the very few only leads to multiple ways to exploit the system.

  2. J-Dub says:

    Boxing is clearly operating in a world in which nobody is policing it to any real extent.

  3. Michelle says:

    I got the almost same point of view like yours. I don’t know if i got disappointed with his performance on his last match with Bradley or whatever it is. I think it just Bradley works hard and he desrve the winning that’s all..

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