By Reni M. Valenzuela
How can it ever be right for boxing to move on unless we right what is wrong? And when do we say past is past?
One week since that June 9 infamy in the MGM Grand Arena, the “minority” bloc is now trying to water down the overwhelming sentiment of the people which saw Manny Pacquiao winning over Timothy Bradley by a wide margin. They play us a different tune this time by conceding that Pacquiao clearly won the contest while claiming it was a “close fight” if we would have to re-watch the bout on video with muted sound to do the “scoring” by ourselves.
But we did that, and we didn’t see it close except the eyes of a few stubborn reprobates who insist on hallucinating. They probably think they can justify the erroneous scoring by saying the fight was “too close and difficult “ to judge. They are wrong again because they probably think also that we are blind not to see that.
Such veiled contradiction is pointless and hollow for all intents and purposes to arrive at a just and reasonable conclusion because it only aims at appeasing the “storm” and diverting the public’s attention and media’s focus. These camp mouthpieces are into the same word-play-conditioning as the HBO anchorman (not Mario Lopez) who tried to accomplish a “decision result” even before the game was over by portraying a false picture to the viewers while performing his ringside media job during the fight, as scripted.
This is no abstract painting. The message is lucid, plain and manifest.
Right the wrong now by reversing the decision in the Pacquiao-Bradley farce last week as well as don’t aggravate the sport’s agony by agreeing to a rematch allegedly to resolve the controversy. The rematch will enforce injustice further and perpetuate depravity in boxing.
The old judges must be retired. They must have gotten too accustomed to seeing different things for having been part of rottenness in boxing for a long, long time.
Top Rank’s Bob Arum cares about just one thing in boxing. He always wants a win for himself, not necessarily for the winner or the “winner” whenever he promotes a fight.
True enough, he won the latest one by “succeeding” to make Pacquiao “lose” in the judges’ scorecards, probably (Lol!). And he won it big again, in our face. But how could he do such a thing except the people have been blind from the time boxing has first become a big joke? And how can we correct the affair now that the same people are beginning to gain their sight back?
You need not look at the stars for the answer. You have it.
NOTHING SHORT OF REVERSING THE ANOMALOUS DECISION CAN DO JUSTICE TO ALL OF US IN THIS ROBBERY OF THE DECADE IN FIGHT SPORT. And nothing short of instituting thorough reforms in boxing can the issue do good to resurrect a bedridden sport that was mercilessly sucked by vampires many times over. Making it right this time would be a perfect way to start again.
Don’t let the “astute” promoter win anew, and win even bigger by allowing the Pacquiao-Bradley rematch. A rematch may be sensible but only if they restore the belt back to Pacquiao and that the bout should be held on a later date after the Pacquiao-Mayweather and Pacquiao-Marquez IV; and on few other compelling conditions I set forth and proposed in my previous article. And if I may suggest, alongside the bright ideas that have thus far been proffered: In case the same larceny would occur in the future, a refund should be made by promoters to all the people who bought the Pay-per-views and venue tickets.
Some indifferent souls may say “enough of this controversy because boxing has to move on.” But how can it be when boxing can’t even move inside the ICU, sucked anew?
If we ultimately do the Pacquiao-Bradley rematch without the conditions being met, I would be inclined to believe that Arum’s ingenuity is indeed unparalleled since Albert Einstein. Or, it could be that our eye sight as a people is in such terrible condition that we can only be able to see and appreciate colorful art masterpieces in a totally dark exhibit venue. If not, the one most probable reason left for us to imagine is a problem in the brain.
The future is now. We cannot right what was wrong in the past, but we can surely right the wrong today which was the same wrong that made the past ugly and would make the days and years ahead even much more undesirable.
If we let the rematch have its way, we knock ourselves out to the canvass because nothing can be more self-defeating than letting it happen for wrong reasons.
If we let the rematch have its way, we make Bob’s another scheme-hatched dream come true and the problem would no longer be the “problem” that we love to point out. Hence in such situation, since we already are the problem, we need perhaps to simply go back to enjoying “rhymes” in school and in sleep bed. Or we have to go to a circus show where the real clowns are for better entertainment so that we can bid vampires and their victims sweet goodbye.
Another clarion call should “ring a bell”: Abolish the “highly influenced” WBO and NSAC or demand the resignation of all the present officials of such inept or.. organizations. A fresh start or a massive clean-up in those lairs is of utmost importance. Let a new body and commission be formed in line with the spirit and intentions of Senators Harry Reid and John McCain’s yawning overture.
This is the true score surrounding the controversies of the Pacquiao-Bradley farce. Could somebody close to Pacquiao enlighten the People’s Champion so that he would not have to always say yes to a demi-god.
Tell me what’s wrong if you stand your ground while others bowed down to the Golden Calf to be swallowed up by shaken open grounds?
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