It's A legitimate Question Whether Pacquiao-Bradley Fight Was Fixed
It's A legitimate Question Whether Pacquiao-Bradley Fight Was Fixed And It Begs For Investigation
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By Kelso Sturgeon
I lived and worked in the world of horse racing for more than 25 years and during that time learned to appreciate the larceny that drives many in the sport. No, it was never about fixing races but mostly about manipulating the form of a horse, hiding its true ability, getting it ready to run its best race and then finding a spot in which you knew you were getting 10-1 with the best horse.
Most of time the schemers and long-term financial planners won these races but there were no guarantees and occasionally one would lose to another outfit that was doing the same things, but with a better horse, and destroyed the best laid plans of mice and men. The one universal element in races where you believed you were shooting tops was that in the months of preparation to get ready for the big score you made it look legitimate and no one was the wiser.
Larcenous horse trainers took pride in their work and did nothing to arouse suspicion and lest you think I am talking about gyp trainers and starving jockeys I can assure you many of the best trainers and jockeys in the business had their coup horses. Winning a bet was a real high.
It is against this background I want to address the filthy, stinking, rotten sewer that is boxing-a classless corrupt sport that has no shame and a sport that keeps pissing on the public while telling people it's just a nice fresh spring rain. Boxing has always been a sport of suspect honesty but in the era of Paolo Giovanni Carbo, aka Frankie Carbo, when the winner of many fights was decided in the backroom two or three weeks before the actual event, there was at least an attempt to appear legitimate.
Just in case the name of Frankie Carbo does not ring a bell, he was a man of many callings, including that of a boxing promoter and a member of Murder Incorporated and the guy many say planned the efficient killing of the infamous gangster Benjamin (Bugsy) Siegel. He was arrested 17 times and charged with murder on five of those occasions but was never convicted of the latter because witnesses either refused to testify, mysteriously disappeared or fell to their deaths out of hotel windows.
You get the drift. This was a bad guy and he absolutely controlled boxing from the day he became a boxing promoter in the 1940s. In the 1950s he was the unofficial "czar of boxing" and continued in that role into the late 1960s. Oh, yes, and for the record, he was a 52% owner of Sonny Liston, a mob enforcer, professional killer and heavyweight boxing champion, who took two of the biggest dives in boxing history.
A story for another day.
As disreputable as was Carbo, he ruled the sport in a manner that made it appear on the level, at least to the American public. Compared to those in charge of the sport today, this New York-Philadelphia mobster was one classy gentleman. Today fighters are manipulated, matches are fixed to get the fair-haired to big money fights and the rulers of boxing do not even try to make it look good-too arrogant and stupid to make the effort.
Pacquiao-Bradley Fight Smells To High Heavens
Boxing put its best foot forward this past Saturday night in Las Vegas with a fight for the WBO welterweight championship and again shoved it right up the public's where the sun don't shine with the most ridiculous and bizarre decision in the history of boxing which began thousands of years ago, in 1 B.C.
Manny Pacquiao (54-4-2), the WBO champion who had not lost a fight since 2005, was the -450 favorite while Timothy Bradley (29-0) was the +350 underdog. The champ was guaranteed $26 million for his title defense, while Bradley was penciled in for $5 million.
Bradley was declared winner of the 12-round fight on a split decision, much to the shock of the 14,206 at the MGM Grand Arena and tens of thousands of more watching on HBO and pay-per-view. Pacquiao dominated the fight from start to finish, with Bradley appearing to win just three of the 12 rounds
Shocking does not cover it.
Was the fix in, or where the officials incompetent at least and at best stone-blind?
Pacquiao landed 34% of his punches to 19% for Bradley.
Pacquiao scored on 24% of his jabs to 11% for Bradley.
Pacquiao landed 39% of his power punches to 28% for Bradley.
Every fight authority in the house said Pacquiao had won. Immediately after the final bell, Pacquiao knew he had won and Bradley acknowledged he had lost.
Then came the scorecards. Judge C.J. Ross had it 115-113 for Bradley. Judge Duane Ford had it 115-113 for Bradley. Jerry Roth had it 115-113 Pacquiao.
Few of those involved with the fighters had a lot of say after the bout. Pacquiao just shrugged, said he thought he won and that he would look forward to the multi-million rematch in six months. There is simple something wrong here and, if ever a fight demanded an investigation, this one does.
At least Frankie Carbo would have made it look good.
On, I almost forgot-in the rematch Pacquiao will again be the favorite and each fighter and his entourage will take home $25 million each.
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