Itís no wonder that UFC and Ultimate Fighting have had such great successes in the past decade. A contributor might be the likes of Saturday nightís fight between Thomas Bradley and Manny Pacquiao and its controversial outcome.
Over the course of several decades in the boxing world there have been a fair share of controversial decisions. During a time when boxing legends were a dime a dozen, Marvelous Marvin Hagler fought Sugar Ray Leonard in a highly anticipated match, which most critics and fans expected Leonard to win. In the end Haglerís punches seemed more effective being the aggressor and causing more damage to a weary Leonard, landing more punches in the end. Ultimately, Leonard won the decision over Hagler in a match most spectators believed was easily earned by Hagler.
On Saturday night, a controversial decision hit the boxing world, where Pacquiao, boxingís best pound for pound fighter, was the aggressor, and landing the more significant shots and apparently scoring most of the exchanges. Pacquiao, unlike Hagler was ahead on paper ó out throwing Bradley by 100 punches landing 10 percent more of his shots.
Immediately after the decision was announced, displeasure was instantly evident by the reign of boos from fans at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Despite one of the most controversial wins in boxing history, the humble Pacquiao didnít buy into the hype and said heís ready to fight Bradley again.
In a sport with boxers filled with heart and determination itís unsettling to fans and critics alike that a sport with so much great history continues to dish out nonsense decisions, which may forever damage the sport of boxing.
Promoters like Bob Arum need to get back to the old school boxing it once was. Something must be done immediately to ensure this type of embarrassment never happens ó so that boxing can be restored to the exciting and passionate pastime it once was.
In other sports: Just as the Colorado Rockies begin to gain speed they ran into the Diamondbacks and the Angels who both contributed to six losses of the Rockies last seven games. Colorado will host the Oakland Aís this week at Coors Field in hopes of getting a win.