At least the WWE admits that it’s fake…
I give zero fucks — flying or otherwise — about boxing. Every major fight, I try to get into it, but the whole thing just bores the hell out of me. Yes, this is coming from someone who will publicly admit to liking NASCAR. You can say all you want about how it’s an art or a science, but really it’s just two dudes punching the shit out of each other. And that can only be entertaining for so long.
This past Saturday, yet another one of those aforementioned big fights occurred. Noted Hewlett-Packard spokesperson and homophobic douche Manny Pacquiao fought Timothy Bradley, a fighter who, while skilled, was considered to be vastly inferior to Pacquiao. Pacquiao was heavily favored, and predictably dominated the match en route to an easy — wait, he lost? What the fuck?
Yes, that’s right, despite being bested in every single statistical category, Bradley was declared the winner, pissing off boxing fans everywhere, and making a sport that already had a reputation for being corrupt as fuck somehow feel even slimier than before:
It didn’t take long for people to begin speculating about why such a shocking error in judgement could occur. Shortly after the fight, a vegas insider sent Bill Simmons a tweet claiming that there was heavy betting on Bradley right before the fight began. Had word of a fix gotten out ahead of time? It will be interesting to see what new facts emerge about this situation in the coming days and weeks.
When looking at what we already know, however, it’s hard not to believe the fight was rigged. Keep in mind, boxing still has a big problem: its two biggest stars (Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather) refuse to fight each other, and there’s no way to cash in on a non-rivalry. What’s the easiest way around that? To create an artificial rivalry. Have Bradley “defeat” Pacquiao the first time, only to have Pacquiao rip him to shreds later on in a heavily hyped “rematch.” It would’ve been the perfect scheme, had they not made it so horrifically obvious.
After the fight, the hashtag #ripboxing quickly began trending on Twitter. Will this pathetic display of chicanery really prove to be the demise of the so-called “sweet science?” The answer may very well be: yes. Boxing has been getting its ass kicked by ultimate fighting for a while now, and it’s been doing whatever it can to win back fans. The question is, if major fights like this are so obviously rigged, why would anyone give a shit about boxing? If you want to watch two men pound each other into smithereens, go to any Irish pub on any Saturday night. It’s a lot cheaper, and there’s no way to rig that shit.