10:48 PM EDT, June 12, 2012
Human error no crime
An investigation is warranted only to determine if the two judges that gave Timothy Bradley the fight were under improper outside influence.
The fact that there was a good amount of money coming in late on Bradley at the Vegas sports books is enough to at least lift an eyebrow. But any investigation should be limited to that.
I thought Pacquiao clearly won, but he could have made his life easier by knocking Bradley out, or at least knocking him down a few times. If CompuBox is the end-all, be-all that everyone seems to believe in this case, then perhaps the answer is to just use the stats and eliminate the human judges. Where there are humans, there will be human error, and it's not always a crime.
Official review necessary
Los Angeles Times
The best case that promoter Bob Arum makes in seeking answers regarding the judging of Duane Ford and C.J. Ross is that the same type of officiating accountability exists in major sports.
Arum on Monday asked the Nevada Attorney General to explore "everything" about the judges, including how they were appointed, and their contacts with individuals afterward.
Nevada should feel embarrassed that veteran judge Ford not only joined Ross in giving Bradley a 115-113 edge, but told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that Bradley gave Pacquiao "a boxing lesson."
Launching an official review is the best way to hammer home the point: Judges, that's unacceptable.
Boxing thrives on scandal
You'd have to be flying high to think that professional boxing would want to clean up its unsavory act. The sport survives in spite of itself — and the buffoonery that passes off as qualified judging at ringside.
"I had Manny ahead, but that's fine," said Keith Kizer, the executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. "Every fighter who loses a close fight like that wants to look at the judges."
No, it's not fine. It's incomprehensible. This wasn't a close fight. Pacquiao won the fight easily.
An honest investigation would reveal that, but that's assuming anyone in boxing cares about honesty. We'll move onto the next scandal soon enough.
Does it really matter?
Sure, why not? You can even call it a task force. Does it really matter? Let Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley slug it out again and maybe this time Pacquiao won't leave it in the hands of apparently incompetent judges. Pacquiao dominated the fight, throwing — and connecting — with way more punches than Bradley.
Fight promoter Bob Arum can scream all he wants about the injustice, but he's likely to get what he wants — another fight. Any time you involve the human element there will be mistakes. Just take a look at some of the horrific calls by major league umpires every day.
So let Pacquiao and Bradley fight again. Maybe this time Pacquiao won't leave it up to the judges.
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