June 12, 2012
Now I haven’t actually seen the fight between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley that took place on Saturday night in Las Vegas, but I heard that the decision made by the three ringside judges was anything but fair. In fact, it was one of the worst decisions in the history of boxing. Bradley was given a split-decision victory, but from all reports it was clearly a dominant performance by Pacquiao. Highly accredited boxing analysts, such as HBO’s Harold Lederman and ESPN’s Dan Rafael, had Pacquiao winning at least 10 of the 12 rounds in the fight. Twitter and Facebook blew up in outrage after the announcement of the decision was made. If all this was the case, this is just the latest reason why boxing is not even a relevant sport in our country anymore. Boxing has been plagued by corruption and funny business over the past 10 to 15 years. Boxing pay-per-views aren’t drawing nearly as much as they used to simply because people aren’t willing to pay $69.95 for an event that probably won’t even be worth the money paid to watch it. I can’t say I blame them because I’m one of those people who refuse to pay to watch these potentially corrupted events. People would much rather watch mixed-martial-arts over boxing. The UFC is so much more popular with fight fans than boxing, almost to the point to where we’re talking about the need to save boxing from extinction. I won’t go that far to say that boxing is going to die, but I will say that boxing needs some serious help. The only people that the casual boxing fan knows about are Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. We have been patiently waiting for a super fight between these two boxers, but money and other issues have prevented this from happening. A fight between Pacquiao and Mayweather is supposed to be what boxing needs to get this sport back on its feet. It didn’t used to be that way years ago. Boxing’s heavyweight division, which used to be the glamorous division with fighters such as Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield, has no one that you would even know about unless you were a boxing analyst. The last thing boxing needed was another black-eye from in a pay-per-view event. I heard a lot of people say they were done with boxing forever. I won’t watch boxing myself unless it is on HBO or ESPN. This is the sad truth about boxing. This is a sport that is in desperate need of a spark plug. The interest is at an all-time low. I’m actually kind of sad to say this because I like boxing, and always have. But the truth is the truth. I just don’t know if boxing will ever be the same again. It has been ran down to the ground by people who are all about getting their piece of the pie. All of the countless fans who pay to see these circuses shouldn’t be subjected to this mess any longer. It’s time for boxing to get a face lift and stop all of the corruption. If this continues, the sport of boxing will just continue to die a slow and painful death.
By Charles Taylor