I love the sport of boxing. At its best, I believe that it is the most compelling sport on earth, and there's nothing better than a close fight that comes down to the wire. However, at its worst, it's frustrating and difficult to deal with.
Tonight, boxing was at its worst.
I'm sickened by the decision because I know that in the long run it will hurt the sport. How will a casual fan that watched that fight view boxing? My grandmother who knows nothing about boxing would've scored that fight, at the absolute worst, 116-112 in favor of Pacquiao.
Pacquiao landed the harder, cleaner punches in every round and I found myself and the people I was watching with getting bored due to the one-sided nature of the fight. It was a landslide for Pacquiao, plain and simple.
There's no argument that you could possibly make to say that Bradley won the fight. He was totally outclassed by Pacquiao, although I would love to hear the judges who scored it for the "Desert Storm" attempt to explain how in the world they found a way to give seven of those rounds to Bradley.
So how could two judges, who are supposed to be among the best in the world, score that fight for Bradley? Millions of people around the world know Pacquiao won, but somehow these two judges—CJ Ross and Duane Ford—scored it for Bradley.
It's incomprehensible, and these judges should be banned from the sport. Not investigated, not suspended, banned. It's inexcusable for these judges to get a fight that was so clearly won by one fighter to be awarded to his opponent, especially in a fight as high profile as tonight's.
These judges were either incompetent, or were paid off, and I don't even know which one is the right answer. It was criminal what happened to Manny Pacquiao, criminal.
Now, boxing is going to go into even further decline, as now we'll need to see a rematch between Pacquiao and Bradley this fall that nobody wants. It's a waste of a fight, and now the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight we all want to see will be pushed off until at least March of 2013.
It hurts boxing in every imaginable way. Casual fans that tuned in tonight and witnessed a solid fight are now turned off, and even lifelong fans such as myself are ashamed to tell people that this is the sport that they care so deeply for.
How can I explain a decision like that to friends of mine who casually observe the sport? It makes boxing look like it's corrupt at worst and at the very least a joke of a sport.
I'm embarrassed to call myself a fan of boxing today. That decision was a disgrace, and something must be done to rectify the situation. Nothing will happen, but the least Bob Arum and the Nevada Commission can do is conduct an "investigation."
I feel sorry for Freddie Roach, even more sorry for Manny Pacquiao, but most sorry for fans around the world who were cheated on this night.
I'll never purchase another boxing PPV event again. I don't want to contribute to this fallacy of fairness any longer.
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