After Timothy Bradley's split-decision victory over Manny Pacquiao on Saturday, an old friend posted a comment on my Facebook page: "Believing in boxing is like believing in the Tooth Fairy."
You mean Santa Claus doesn't exist, either?
Not only do fighters need to protect themselves at all times, but so do boxing fans. The unconscionable act by two ringside judges Duane Ford and C.J. Ross to award Bradley the shocking victory caught us with our guard down. We didn't see the sucker punch that floored us. We were too busy watching Pacquiao beat Bradley, easily winning 10 of 12 rounds against a 5-to-1 underdog who had the heart but not the skills.
Who or what is to gain by Pacquiao losing his first fight in nearly eight years?
Top Rank's Bob Arum promotes Bradley and Pacquiao, and he will disgustingly double-dip into the wallets of fight fans with an expected November rematch. And who will Arum get to judge that fight? Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler? They'd probably do a better job.
Another individual to gain from Pacquiao's loss is Floyd Mayweather, who is in a Las Vegas jail cell. Pacquiao can no longer negotiate a 50-50 deal with Mayweather for a possible dream matchup. Even if Pacquiao beats Bradley in their rematch, Mayweather will be pulling the negotiating strings.
Why should we continue to watch boxing? Why should we let our guard down and believe Pacquiao-Bradley II or Pacquiao-Mayweather or Mayweather-Bradley will be on the level?
I'll believe it when the Easter Bunny lays a chocolate egg on my front porch.
What to watch
NHL, New Jersey at Los Angeles, 5 p.m., Ch. 3: The Kings try for the third time to close out the Stanley Cup finals.
Do you agree with the decision in the Pacquiao-Bradley fight?
Vote above or leave your comments in the comments field; or go to www.sacbee.com/sports
Weekend poll results
Of these big men, which one should the Kings pick in the NBA draft?
Andre Drummond: 48%
John Henson: 20%
Jared Sullinger: 21%
Tyler Zeller: 12%
Total votes: 229
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