Pacquiao vs Bradley Fight: Rematch Won't Fix Anything for Boxing
In the wake of one of the most controversial decisions in boxing history, there were countless outcries for a rematch between the two.
The fans might not get to see that.
"I don't want to do a rematch," Arum said late Monday, according to the Las Vegas Sun.
"This fight was a one-sided fight. If it had been scored properly—10-2 or 9-3—who would be asking for a rematch? Nobody. Just because these officials screwed up, that doesn't justify a rematch."
On its face, these comments make Arum seem like the bad guy who is depriving the world of what it wants to see.
But upon delving deeper, Arum is doing the right thing for boxing by taking a stand against a rematch.
A rematch wouldn't do anything for the sport. Irreversible damage has already been done thanks to the most egregious boxing decision in recent memory, and putting these two fighters in the ring one more time won't make people forget about that.
If there is a rematch and Pacquiao wins, the boxing world refers back to the fight on June 9. The problem would be in the newspapers and dominate the Internet for a second time.
What's the next logical step?
Pundits would be pointing to the rematch as a clear indication that something shady happened ringside in the first match. People would get even angrier than they were after the first fight because Pacquiao would waste the next five months of his career training for a rematch that he shouldn't be participating in.
If Bradley were to win the rematch, it would be even worse for boxing.
Pacquiao would be officially knocked off his pedestal at the top of boxing. His first loss to Bradley didn't do that because he didn't actually lose that fight, the judges just said he did.
Pac-Man has been at the top of the sport for the better part of the last decade, and for the world to watch him fall, fair and square, to Bradley would be a crippling blow to the boxing industry.
Floyd Mayweather is at the tail end of his career and currently incarcerated. If Pacquiao were to lose to Bradley for real in their rematch, the two biggest money makers in the sport would be on their way out.
Pacquiao's first loss to Bradley was extremely detrimental to boxing, but a loss in their rematch would be enough to put the sport nearly out of commission for the next few years.
While it would be cathartic to watch Pacquiao step into the ring with Bradley and knock him out before the fight was half over, it wouldn't be beneficial to the sport of boxing.
Like Arum said, the fight was one-sided and we clearly know who won.
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