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.