By: Anthony “Zute” George
Personally, one of the worst things for me after Juan Manuel Marquez’ blatant robbery last Saturday night is that old jargon of “taking the title away from the champion” in back in vogue. Some folks want to say with a straight face that perhaps the decision went in Manny Pacquiao’s favour because he was the champion. The champion gets the benefit of the doubt in close rounds. You have to take the champions title away from him.
This is obscene on so many levels. The idea that the title Manny Pacquiao held should give him any benefit of the doubt is so lame. I bet you anything that most spectators watching the fight had no idea what title was even on the line.
This is one of the more disgusting things about “Pac-Sham”. Somehow his greatness is justified because he has won titles is so many different weight classes. Winning one useless trinket after means greatness? Since when in today’s world of boxing? Besides this whole idea about Paquiao getting the rounds because he was the champ takes the eye off the ball of what reality is.
This fight was not close in any way, shape or form. The idea that two out of the three judges scoring this fight failed to give JMM at least six rounds in this fight is criminal… CRIMINAL!!!
There is no point in defending it. There is no point in justifying it by saying there have been worse robberies. That is like saying my cancer is worse than yours.
A draw is obscene enough, but to say Pacquiao won more rounds in this fight is criminal, dishonest, and it should be dealt with harshly.
If this was such a celebrated win why did Bob Arum snatch up Manny Pacquiao at the press podium in such a fast, take the money and run, fashion. Why was one of the first words out of Arum’s mouth was a fourth fight?
I am sorry boxing fans, when it looks like a snake, moves like a snake, and bites like a snake, sometimes it is a snake.
Pacquiao fans know the truth, that is why they are putting up ridiculous arguments like great footwork, effective aggression, and champion’s benefit of the doubt, to say their man won?
Two out of the three have little or no bearing on how judges score fights and the third argument just simply did not exist in this fight. I’ll let you try to decode which is which.
The big loser in this is Marquez because, regardless of what we say now, he stills hold no official win over what is believed to be an all-time great fighter.
Pacquiao will go down in history as a better fighter, and that is obscene and criminal.
On To Other Things…
The great MBG (The Mad Boxing Genius) asked me if I still wanted to see the Breidis Prescott vs. Amir Kahn rematch. My answer is, hell yeah, as long as the fight is scheduled for 8 rounds. In this stanza, Prescott has proven to be able to hang with anyone.
So Long Smokin
So long Smokin’ Joe. I am not sure it is right that now Muhammad Ali is seen as a hero, so he did you so wrong, in such an evil way, but it is what it is.
Even when Joe beat Ali in the fight of the century, in many ways he was the loser. Smokin Joe gave us so much we would have to repent for 100 years to make it up to him. We certainly did not do a good job of it when he was alive.
Sorry Joe, but Kool Aid is a powerful thing, and no Kool Aid was ever as strong as the brand of the Ali circus.
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Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2011
“The Greatest Middleweights Of All Time” By Ronald Cameron