|Photo Courtesy of John Bardelli|
By Randy De La O
|The Associated Press|
It's not enough to say "Well, that's boxing". That's not boxing! There needs to be a complete overhaul of the judging system and the judges. Someone should be tarred and feathered or worse.
Bradley's win probably does more harm than good for him on a personal level. Had he lost the fight we would have been focusing on his big heart and willingness to keep fighting despite having hurt his ankles (or feet) early in the fight. Instead his reputation took a hit.
Still, both fighters showed a lot of class last night. Though he did express himself, Manny never whined about what has to be one of the worst decisions in recent boxing history and we should applaud Bradley's integrity in not feeling satisfied with the win. He offered, with out being asked, a rematch for Pacquiao. and that says a lot about his character. Bradley has proven himself to be a true ring warrior.
But let's keep things in perspective. it was not a great fight. It was a good fight and nothing more. Still, the fight belonged to Pacquiao and I hate to see this type of ending to a fight..
Boxing is still the greatest sport of all. It will survive this bad decision and somewhere out there is a fighter training away ready to become the next Pacquiao, De La Hoya, Duran, Hagler, Chavez, Leonard or Ali. That's boxing!