Stop me if you’ve heard this one before:
Q: “How does a boxer who ends up in a wheelchair because of a broken foot celebrate a victory?”
A: He has two blind judges pushing him, like the wind beneath his wings.”
Professional boxing has become such a joke that a guy in a wheelchair is declared the winner of a fight by two judges who are a.) incompetent or b.) corrupt.
Promoter Bob Arum wants to know the answer to that question after Timothy Bradley scored a controversial split-decision over Manny Pacquiao Saturday night.
“I want to investigate whether there was any undue influence, whether the [Nevada Athletic Commission] gave any particular instruction and how they came to this conclusion,” Arum said. “But the whole sport is in an uproar. People are going crazy.
“If this was a subjective view that each of [the judges] honestly held, OK. I would still disagree, but then we’re off the hook in terms of there being no conspiracy. But there needs to be an independent investigation because it strains credulity that an event everybody saw as so one-sided one way all three judges saw it as close. It strains credulity.”
Good luck with all of that Bob.
Keith Kizer, the executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, said he anticipates no discipline or review of the judges.
“I had Manny ahead, but that’s fine,” Kizer told The Los Angeles Times. “All I can say is I think every judge should strive to get better. Every fighter who loses a close fight like that wants to look at the judges.”
Bottom line: Nobody cares.
At least not the power brokers. Boxing has no national governing body, which means that accountability is zero.
That’s why Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. can duck each other for years and nobody lifts a finger to stop the nonsense.
Pro boxing thrives on nonsense.
If you support this nonsense, keep spending $59.95 on pay-per-view fights (maybe even a Pacquiao-Bradley rematch).
If not, switch to another sport that’s cleaner and has greater accountability.
Say mud wrestling.