A Sport Disgraced
By Allan Scotto, MaxBoxing (June 14, 2012) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © German Villasenor, DHB)
Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley
Suppose Game Seven of the World Series was tied and the batter hit a homer over the centerfield wall to end the game but the umpire ruled it a foul ball? Do you think everyone would just shake their heads and say, “Oh well; that’s baseball.”?
Of course not and that ump would never be allowed to officiate another baseball game.
If a placekicker kicks a field goal dead center through the uprights and the referee signals wide right, is that just football? Not a chance.
So why do we continue to jump up and down every time something like that happens in boxing and yet nothing is ever done about it? Because we just accept it; that’s why.
When Timothy Bradley was handed a split decision over Manny Pacquiao last Saturday night, it was one of the lowest moments this writer has ever witnessed in this sport. Even worse, we’ll all likely buy the pay-per-view rematch, myself included!
But if we could all band together just once and make HBO and Top Rank lose money on a PPV card, you’d see how quick this crap would stop.
Boxing has been enjoying a resurgence as of late with lots of young fighters capturing the public’s attention but when new fans see a decision like that, especially in a fight they paid good money for, well, it ain’t good, folks.
Even worse is the returning fan laying out his hard-earned cash to watch a fiasco like that!
See ya later, alligator.
And that’s not to say Bradley didn’t land anything despite the ridiculous commentary by the HBO crew, who tend to ignore the landed punches of their marquee fighters’ opponents. It’s a little ludicrous to listen to trainer/HBO commentator Emanuel Steward talking about the fact that Bradley’s punches don’t have a lot of power while he, Jim Lampley, and Max Kellerman ignore the fact that some of them are actually landing.
The problem was not the power of Bradley’s punches; it was that is he didn’t land enough of them.
I mean, c’mon, guys; you’re better than that- or at least you should be.
For this decision to stand- which it will- is going to damage boxing more than anything that has happened in the sport’s recent history. How Duane Ford and C.J. Ross could see that fight 115–113 in favor of Bradley is literally beyond comprehension.
In truth, even though Jerry Roth had it 115-113 in favor of Pacquiao does not mean he doesn’t need glasses. It just means he needs them less than Ford and Ross do.
HBO’s “unofficial judge” Harold Lederman was dead on the money with a score of 119–109 in favor of the “Pac-Man.”
At the end of the day, everybody got paid out of our hard-earned money and they’ll get paid again for the rematch.
There are many fans all over the web who actually believe the fight was fixed.
Was it? Who knows? Could it ever be proven? Not a chance.
Once again, our sport is ridiculed. Once again, our sport is mocked.
Perhaps the most insane part of this deal is that Duane Ford actually gets paid to teach new judges the proper way to score a fight.
Are you kidding?
Having Duane Ford teaching new judges how to score a fight is like having Bob Arum teaching Abe Lincoln how to be honest.
Go home, Duane. You’re over. And do the boxing world a favor: take Ross with you.
Manny Pacquiao should have had Bradley out of there within six or seven rounds. His camp also better take note that Floyd Mayweather beats the Pacquiao who fought Juan Manuel Marquez and Bradley all day long.
Allan Scotto can be reached at boxingriter@aol.com.

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