|Posted by Mac D on June 10, 2012 at 5:25 AM|
Not often does a sport knock itself out of the spotlight and for many off the face of the earth.
That is what happened last night when Timothy Bradley "beat" Manny Pacquaio. It was a split decision with two judges voting in favour of Bradley and a third scoring Pacquaio as the winner.
Pacquaio out punched Bradley 253-159 and power punches 190-108, yet still lost.
Bradley even said after "I've got to look at the tape" to see if he won. That says it all there. Bradley's manager was said to even have scored the rounds 8-4 in favour of Pacquaio.
So to the non-boxing fan and why this one fight alone was boxings suicide attempt on itself is because it now denies the most hyped fight, in some say decades.
Many have been calling for a Pacquaio and Floyd Mayweather fight, one for the ages. Mayweather hasn't "lost" in his career while Pacquiao had not lost since 2005.
Mayweather has been known to duck fights and now with Pacquaio losing, it gives him the best excuse to not accept a fight.
Without this fight there is nothing to draw for boxing.
Mayweather will hand pick his opponenets and millions of dollars in winnings. While Pacquiao will have this dark cloud over his head for the rest of his life.
These two were what was keeping boxing alive and the potential of a super fight.
Now there will be no such thing.
Sure there are the Klitschko brothers which LSOK mentioned about a year ago but again they have no challengers.
There are no heavy weights which make people tune in or want to tune in on a consistent basis like in the days of Frazier, Ali and Forman to name a few.
With boxing giving way to the UFC and MMA in general, the sport just gave itself its own knockout blow. Which hasto have Dana White and all other MMA people smiling as they did not have to be the ones who were held "responsible" for the end of boxing.
A black eye and black day for all invovled in the sport of boxing.