I don’t believe what I just saw! The Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley fight wasn’t an epic fight by any stretch of the imagination. Anyone who watched the fight knows Manny Pacquiao won the contest in convincing fashion. In fact, it was so obvious that I almost exited out of my stream because I figured it was a forgone conclusion. Little did we all know, all three judges scored the contest as if it was a even brawl.
Apparently, with all scorecards judging the fight at 115-113, the fight was a lot closer than what it appeared to the general viewing public. Or was it?
The parallels between this fight and the WWE are uncanny. Especially with WWE’s most notable fix, the “Montreal Screwjob”. The Montreal Screwjob took place in 1997 in a match that involved Bret Hart (champion) and Shawn Michaels (challenger). The pay-per-view was Survivor Series, which was held in Montreal, the home country of Bret Hart. Even before the days of the IWC (Internet Wrestling Community), it was well-know that this was Bret Hart’s last night in the WWE before heading to WCW. However, Bret didn’t want to drop the belt in his native country. So as the match went on, Shawn Michaels put Bret Hart in a sharpshooter, Hart’s trademark move. Vince McMahon, the owner of the WWE, came down to the ring and ordered Earl Hebner – who can be seen telling Bret to tap out – to ring the bell. This allowed Vince to have his championship stay in house, leaving Bret Hart empty-handed before heading to WCW. This move gave Vince the upper-hand, and allowed D-X to become even greater heels and moneymakers in the process.
Now, I’m sure you’re asking yourself why this is relevant to the Pacquiao-Bradley fight. It’s quite simple really. Money. If Manny Pacquiao won the fight, no one would really care. It’s a squash match to Pacquiao. It’s the equivalent of CM Punk beating Jack Swagger for the WWE title.
Boxing is desperate for attention. And with their top draw in prison, they need to think outside the box to get that attention. What better way to get attention then a full heel move to piss everyone off? Wrestling is at its best when the face-underdog enacts revenge from the heel-opportunist. I’m not saying Timothy Bradley is a heel considering it was the judges wrongdoing, but this will get more people interested another in Pacquiao fight.
Money talks, people. It just so happens the sport of boxing took a play out of Vince McMahon’s playbook. We saw a fight booked with a pre-determined outcome. But I’ll be damned if you say this doesn’t make the “sport” of boxing more interesting. Because you would be lying through your teeth if you said otherwise.
Congratulations, boxing. You might have created the right angle to make everyone happy. Well, when our ultimate heel is released from prison that is.
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