The Sport of Spectacle

A lot has happened in the past week or so in the boxing world. While most of the events have been less than celebratory, the futures of many big name fighters are being decided as we speak. It is encouraging to know that Paul Williams did not, in fact, sever his spine, but only fractured it and can already transfer himself from bed to wheelchair.
It is a relief that the World Boxing Organization sanctioning body is set to review the results of the Pacquiao-Bradley fight. Maybe the decision won’t be reversed, but it supports the legitimacy of these organizations if they at least acknowledge the opinion of %85 of the fans around the world.
And it’s at least interesting that Floyd Mayweather Jr. is already having problems adjusting to life in jail. Seeing him transferred to the general population seems unlikely to me, so I expect he’s aiming for house arrest, but I just wonder if he really thought it would be any different.
Either way, I think the heated debates and outpouring of opinion about the Pacquiao fight show that the sport is not dying. The calls for reform show that the fans are not faceless mobs with a thirst for blood. Boxing is made up of real people and, in small ways, real heroes. The fans care about these people and their stories will help the sport live on past all its controversies, tragedies and spectacles.

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