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Mayweather vs. Pacquiao showed changes needed in Boxing

Image: Mayweather vs. Pacquiao showed changes needed in BoxingBy Rasheed Catapang: About two Weeks removed from the fight of the century in Las Vegas, Nevada, and with Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao now hundreds of millions richer, it’s time to revisit that farce of a boxing match.

Here’s what we learned:

1. The question is did Mayweather benefit from the match being held in MGM Grand, which is his turf?

Watching the replay, the commentators made it sound that Mayweather was pulverizing Pacquiao with the hand of God. Tuning out the noise, a draw is the best outcome Floyd could have hoped for. Instead, he was awarded the win.

2. There is a need for transparency in the way boxing judges do the scoring. It’s high time we know the score after each round as well as how the judges arrived at the score so nobody gets conned in the end. Also, there’s scoring integrity in real professional sports that is painfully lacking in boxing. Change is needed and soon.

3. Don’t do the math in a Mayweather fight because things don’t really add up. Less is more apparently and the judges somehow buy that.

4. Mayweather was robbed of an Olympic medal and now he’s winning controversial decisions at the pro level. Mayweather should not be winning any boxing match when all he does is run away without making the opponent pay. Otherwise, Joshua Clottey – another defensive Master, but more of a possum than a hare – should also be undefeated.

5. Pacquiao thought “Mayweather didn’t do nothing.” He was right.

6. Pacquiao thought he won the fight. He may be right.

7. Mayweather called Pacquiao a coward. That’s after five years of Mayweather evading a fight with Pacquiao and 12 rounds of running away from an injured smaller fighter.

In hindsight, we’re all better off not watching the fight. Having said that, any takers for a rematch?

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