There are several things that people love to say about boxing. The first is that it's as good as dead. This is obviously not the case as last night's (Sept. 14, 2013) mega-event between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez likely drew more than two million Showtime pay-per-view (PPV) buys and countless other's viewing on illegal Internet streams.
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The other is that boxing is a corrupt sport run by gangsters who have the ability to dictate the outcomes to every single fight. This shadow panel of mobsters hold such power over the sport that every single time a fight goes to the judges, fans and fighters hold their collective breath until the decision is read.
Last night's controversial ending added fuel to an already raging fire of doubt. When Jimmy Lennon Jr. read the score cards and announced that the fight was a majority decision, Mayweather was shocked. For 12 rounds, "Money" dominated Alvarez inside the pocket, a huge step away from Mayweather's typical defense-first game.
In fact, it was so dominant that the argument could be made that Alvarez only took a single early round.
Judge C.J. Ross, the woman behind a 115-113 score for Timothy Bradley when he faced Manny Pacquiao last year, scored the fight an indefensible 114-114 draw. It's the kind of score card that demands an investigation, or at the very least, a lengthy explanation.
It's an outcome that will likely never happen as Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) has a reputation for defending its judges instead of trying to maintain a proper public image.
And for arguments sake, there have been times when an athletic commission investigates judges and hands down punishments. When Paul Williams faced Erislandy Lara in 2011 at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., he was thoroughly outboxed. Most viewers agreed that Lara was the clear winner, including the HBO commentary team.
So it came as a shock when it was announced that Williams won a majority decision. Almost immediately the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board (NJSACB) launched and investigation and ultimately suspended the judges indefinitely. Those three judges, two years later, are still suspended and likely will never judge in "The Garden State" ever again.
And I know through conversations with NJSAC counsel Nick Lembo, if any of his judges hand down a controversial decision in an mixed martial arts (MMA) bout, he has them explain their reasoning immediately afterward.
Which brings us back to last night.
"The One" was supposed to be an event for the ages. One that people would remember forever as a bout between two of the best fighters today. And both Alvarez and Mayweather did their parts. Mayweather proved that he is the best boxer of the current generation, while Alvarez got to show that he's more than just good looks and clever marketing.
But after the fight and even this morning, no one is talking about how Mayweather looked better at 36 years old than he did when he was 35. No one is talking about how Alvarez took the very best that Mayweather had to offer and kept trucking forward, looking for that one fight-changing punch.
No, instead we're talking about a controversial decision and how corruption continues to rear its ugly head in combat sports. And those discussions of corruption are turning into a loud roar as the odds in "Sin City" for a majority decision paid out 21:1.
"The One" was a memorable event, but for all the wrong reasons. No longer should be be accepted that bad judging just comes with the territory in combat sports. These men and women need to be held accountable.