Bradley wins, boxing is the big loser

I grew up loving the sport of boxing. Yes, there really was a time when meaningful fights were broadcasted on network television, and I was glued to my dad’s recliner the day or night of the big fights. I remember NBC with its afternoon fights and Marv Albert calling the action; Howard Cosell and Alex Wallau on ABC: and Tim Ryan along with Gil Clancy on CBS. All three networks made boxing an integral part of their sports programming. In the last 20 years, if you want to watch one of your boxing heroes, you need to shell out at least $40 for a pay-per-view. The marketing of mixed martial arts and its prevalent television presence has not helped boxing at all, and outrageously bad decisions like the one in Las Vegas Saturday night add another black mark. I eagerly awaited the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley matchup, and the fight didn’t start until after midnight on the East Coast. Pacquiao, a huge Boston Celtics fan, made a request for the fight to begin after the completion of the Heat-Celtics basketball game. Perhaps it was a bad omen for Pacquiao when his Celtics dropped the decisive game seven matchup.




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