Pacquiao to Retire? How Does Boxing Recover?

big ROC Stockton, CAAnalyst IIIJune 10, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 09:  Manny Pacquiao addresses the media during the post-fight press conference after he was defeated by Timothy Bradley by split decision at MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 9, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Getty Images)
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When the first judge's score card was read, all I could think was, "Wow..."  I said, "115-113 for Pacquiao?"

The thought of Pacquiao being robbed immediately ran across my mind.  Whenever the decision is unanimous, they never say the fighter's name after the first score.  They usually read all three scores and then tell you who won.  

That decision is going to be devastating for boxing, and here is why.

I truly believe that Manny Pacquiao will retire from the sport.  He has already said that he is planning on retiring after a few more fights, and that was before the Bradley travesty.  I think once he sits down with his family and ponders whether or not to keep fighting, the Bradley fight is going to be what makes the decision to retire easy.

Manny Pacquiao has been the face of boxing during this era.  He's been a class act, and he's played a huge part in keeping the sport of boxing afloat.  For Pacquiao to get robbed the way he did was just wrong, to say the least.    

Even if you scored the "close" rounds for Bradley, which were few and far between, you still couldn't give him anything more than four rounds.  

Boxing already had a bad rap for being corrupt, and now this?  How does the sport recover?  The only way is to make the Pacquiao versus Mayweather fight happen.  I am not really interested in a rematch with Bradley considering how dominant the performance was. 

Well, that's it.  I just had to get my $0.02 in on this one.