June 9th, 2012 will go down in history as one of the worst days in sports history. Boston lost the Eastern Conference Finals, and Pacquiao got robbed, proving once and for all that if there’s truly a sports God, he is dead.
I felt my sphincter clench and my scrotum contract in shock when Michael Buffer announced Tim Bradley as the “NEW WBO WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION.” If you watched that fight, if you’re sane, if you’re honest, you know that Manny Pacquiao won that fight. There’s no other way to say it. Pacquiao won. Bradley lost. Period. In my 22 million years as a boxing fan, I’ve never heard a so-called fight winner say, “I’ll have to go home and watch the tape to see if I really won the fight or not.” That was Bradley’s response to the boos last night. Bradley supposedly went over to Arum after that fight and said, “I gave it my best but I just couldn’t beat the guy.” I caught the fight with some friends and everyone, including some Pacquiao haters, scored it 11-1 in favor of Pac Man (I gave Bradley Rd. 2). Even if you’re biased towards Bradley, you can’t justify giving him as many rounds as it took to win the fight (see official scorecard below). His own manager scored it 8-4 for Pacquiao, according to Chris Mannix. And something tells me even Floyd Mayweather Jr. would’ve had Manny winning that fight. This shit is not even up for debate.
The fix is in
This stuff reeks of fish. Even before the fight, HBO’s unofficial boxing judge Harold Lederman questioned the credibility of two of the official judges. I suspect Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, who promotes both Bradley and Pacquiao, had something to do with last night’s fuckery. Get this: Pacquiao’s contract with Top Rank expires next year, and with Boxing’s other cash cow behind bars, Arum was probably trying to lure Pacquiao back to the ring to cash in on the rematch.
Here’s Arum after Manny got robbed by Judge Stevie Wonder and company: “I’ll make more money from the rematch, but this is outrageous.” Whatever, dude. Which reminds me of those Nov. 10 rematch fliers Bradley passed out BEFORE the first fight even went down. And why did Manny quickly agree to a rematch? Is he in on it? Gawd, I don’t know who to trust anymore. You know what? Boxing is dead to me. I’ll never buy another PPV fight until Floyd and Manny take the ring. MMA, here I come. #RIPBoxing
So the Big One Plus 2 couldn’t work up enough magic to stop LeBron and the Heat? It was sad watching the Celts get smacked around in a lopsided Game 7. OK, I’ll admit it, I don’t want Miami to win the NBA Championship. Sorry Heat fans, I don’t want to see a team of 2 superstars and a bunch of napkins clinch the title. I’d rather see a young, hungry, balanced, and sometimes callow team like the Thunder take it. Either way, it’s going to be one helluva Finals. The Scoring Champ vs The MVP. Go OKC.
Elsewhere in hip-hop, Canibus Charles Hamilton’d himself. Retire. Now.