After Timothy "Desert Storm" Bradley was awarded a split-decision victory over Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night in a controversial decision, boxing legend Teddy Atlas had this to say:
According to Atlas, long gone are the days of integrity in the sport of boxing. Based on his statement, the people in charge of boxing are more concerned with lining their pockets than with putting forth an honest competition.
Unfortunately, we'll probably never know exactly what happened ringside on June 9 when Manny Pacquiao was robbed of a clear victory. Maybe it's better for the sport that we don't know, though, as a controversy like this would rival the NBA's Tim Donaghy refereeing scandal.
If the fight could have reasonably been ruled in Bradley's favor, we wouldn't be hearing outcries of conspiracy and illegalities, but Pacquiao was far and away the better fighter on Saturday night.
From bell to bell, he dominated Bradley, consistently pushing forward while Bradley retreated. Even when Bradley advanced at Pacquiao, Pacman was able to effectively time his movement and connect with flurries of punches.
We watch sports because of the unpredictability and the sheer enjoyment that we get out of them. But it's a sad day when you realize that sports may not be all they are cracked up to be. The days of the past, when we believed the players played to win and the people in charge let the chips fall where they may, are a distant memory.
This ruling casts a dark shadow over the sport of boxing, and everybody who watched the entire fight knows that something was seriously amiss at the MGM Grand on Saturday night.