Is Controversial Victory Killing Boxing?

Bradley wins split decision over Pacquiao

Saturday night, Timothy Bradley Jr. was awarded the welterweight title over the quick and powerful Manny Pacquiao. This was after Pacquiao was given a generous win in November when the judges called another controversial split decision.

This call has called a lot of attention to the sport that has quickly been fading into the sport graveyard. Boxing dates back to the beginning of time as an entertaining and legal way to beat the crap out of someone. Boxing was once the most popular sport in both the U.S. and in England with the big name boxers in the 60’s with the iconic Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, and George Foreman, to the 70’s and 80’s with Sugar Ray Leonard and who else but Rocky Balboa.

But what has happened to the sport that was at the top of the sporting world? HBO. The top fights only appear on HBO at a high price now. Before, fights were on everyday TV channels like ABC and ESPN. Why isn’t anymore? The need for money has grown so much that if you are an amateur, then only then are you seen on regular TV.

The fight Saturday has called a great deal of attention to boxing, but for all the wrong reasons. With Pacquiao spot on punch for punch and rocking Bradley multiple times, the judges picked the side of the underdog and gave Bradley the win even with the true winner obviously being Pacquiao.

Now just go on twitter and see that this is just more of a reason to not watch boxing. With its fading fan base, this is the worst thing that could have happened to the sport. Professional boxing isn’t gaining much positive publicity and unfortunately, the sport that was on top of the sporting world is rapidly dying.


About Kevin Bridge

I am an undergraduate student at the University of Tennessee majoring in journalism and electronic media. I am one of the co-founders of The Backfield Press.

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