Mendoza: Mayweather is boxing’s Mr. Untouchable

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By Al S. Mendoza

All Write

Monday, May 5, 2014


SEEMINGLY, Floyd Mayweather Junior’s fights are controversy-prone the last few years.

Did he not knock out a fighter that wasn’t looking only a while back? Was it a guy named Ortiz, who was talking to referee Joe Cortez when he got banged up cold by a combination, courtesy of Mayweather?

It was foul, by all means. But if you are Mayweather, you get away with crime —almost always. This is boxing. And the stars of the game rule—almost always.

Instead of Cortez ruling Mayweather’s shots illegal, we hear him hark the tired, old line: “Defend yourself at all times.”

And so it was that instead of Ortiz getting a fair shake from the referee that is supposed to be the first to protect all fighters at all times, he got a fake share from a referee almost too old for the job of putting order in the ring.

But when is boxing the abode of fairness, justice and equality?

Marcos Maidana was the latest victim of boxing’s binge of bigotry.

The axe-armed Argentine brawled Mayweather without let-up and yet, he lost a majority decision.

The spectators booed the verdict. Of course. But that’s the most that they could do. Paying to watch a winner going home the loser is part of the game.

I would have joined the booing if I was there.

And, hey, look at this. One of the two judges who gave Mayweather identical 117-111 victories was Bert Clements. Clements wrongly scored Manny Pacquiao’s first fight against Juan Manuel Marquez in 2004, resulting in a draw instead of a win for PacMan.

Clements’s error happened in Round 1, when he gave Pacquiao a 10-7 when it should have been 10-6 after Pacquiao decked Marquez three times in said round.

He admitted his mistake but then, results are rarely reversed in sports.

Dave Moretti also saw it 116-112 for Mayweather but Michael Pernick ruled it 114-114 on Sunday. I made Maidana the 115-113 winner. Surprised? Quit it. I too couldn’t believe he won. But my conscience is clear.

But is boxing still capable of being conscience-driven?

Now 46-0, Mayweather appears a mythic god that can’t be touched by a 10-foot pole. Seemingly.

(alsol47@yahoo.com)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 06, 2014.

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