Blaming the Victim: Pacquiao, Bradley, Conspiracy Theories and Common Sense

My late Aunt Edith was about the most conflict-averse person I’ve ever known, but in the hours after Timothy Bradley was awarded a split decision victory over Manny Pacquiao — a bout most of us think Pacquiao won comfortably — I thought of my grandfather’s big sister and the sweltering summer nights I used to … Continue reading

My official Floyd Mayweather-Miguel Cotto preview page

Alternate title: #thePstandsfor Prodigal podcaster pontificating on pugilism. Because this week has brought out both the sports writer and business reporter in me as I’ve chased the biggest story on the sports business landscape — Floyd Mayweather’s title fight with Miguel Cotto Saturday night in Las Vegas. Despite the widespread perception that boxing is dying, … Continue reading

Floyd Mayweather, Miguel Cotto and the numbers that mislead

As we’ve discussed in the past, numbers never lie but they often obscure the truth. So next time you watch a boxing broadcast it might help to swallow the CompuBox statistics with a big pinch of salt. The guys counting punches can give a you a general idea of which shots are landing and which … Continue reading

Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao and Time’s Perfect Record

Monday afternoon Manny Pacquiao signed on to face Timothy (Desert Storm) Bradley in a June 9 welterweight title bout, and deal that joins with last week’s pact between Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto to give boxing fans a pair of high-profile springtime bouts nobody asked for. Few observers feel Mayweather will do anything May 5 … Continue reading

Cotto – Margarito: everybody loses in the long run

I look ahead to this weekend’s bout between Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito wondering if either fighter can truly win this rematch. Nobody who saw their first fight in July 2008 is likely to forget it — Cotto sharpshooting early, building a lead behind jabs and hooks that whiplashed Margarito’s head. Margarito walking through sniper … Continue reading

Nov. 13, 2009: In Pacquiao’s corner, an entire crazed nation

MORGAN CAMPBELL SPORTS REPORTER When Manny Pacquiao blasted Ricky Hatton in two rounds last May, Filipino President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo declared a national holiday to celebrate the win. Since then, his fame in the Philippines and beyond has only grown, and as he heads toward the toughest test of his career – Saturday’s showdown with … Continue reading

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