LeBron James didn't choke. And the Miami Heat didn't need any extra time to defeat the Boston Celtics in game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals last night (June 9, 2012), scoring a 101-88 victory in four quarters.
This is only relevant because Top Rank officials were reportedly worried enough about the big game running long they bought extra time on the HBO pay-per-view (PPV) broadcast to ensure the NBA would finish its business before Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley hit the ring to take care of theirs.
As it turned out, it was all much ado about nothing.
What's funny, though, is the boxing broadcast did a lot of extra stalling that turned out to be entirely unnecessary. Pacquiao was the biggest offender of all, as he caused a small uproar by disappearing minutes before he was scheduled to walk out. When he was found, he didn't even have his gloves on, leading to further delays, though the Bradley camp didn't seem to mind.
The inevitable showdown finally did happen and what a showdown it was. Pacquiao and Bradley went 12 full rounds and despite "Pacman" seemingly doing enough to score the victory, the judges awarded it to Bradley via split decision.
So while LeBron and the Heat gear up for an NBA Finals match-up against the red hot Oklahoma City Thunder, Pacquiao and Bradley will rest up until they square off in the rematch later this year.
Which one are you looking forward to more?
For a more detailed look at the Pacquiao vs. Bradley fight click here and here and for complete Pacquiao vs. Bradley results from the entire HBO PPV event click here. To watch highlights from the fight click here.