Why is boxing judging so bad?
You can’t really get to the heart of that question without talking to C.J. Ross. Tonight she watched a fight that saw Floyd Mayweather completely dismantle Canelo Alvarez and scored it a draw. Coincidentally she was one of two fight-blind judges who ruled that Timothy Bradley beat Manny Pacquiao in a fight so obviously one-sided Manny win that they didn’t even bother with a rematch.
SBNation’s Luke Thomas tweeted out the score cards so you can see for yourself.
— Luke Thomas (@SBNLukeThomas) September 15, 2013
Here’s what boxing sage Larry Brown had to say:
Floyd Mayweather Jr. thoroughly dominated Canelo Alvarez on Saturday in Las Vegas and won by majority decision. Floyd won the fight easily, but didn’t receive a unanimous decision. Why? Because Ross scored it 114-114. Yes, Ross scored it 6 rounds to 6. A draw. She thought Mayweather and Alvarez had an even fight, even though Floyd landed about 100 more punches and was hardly touched.
Ross also scored the Timothy Bradley-Manny Pacquiao fight 115-113 (7 rounds to 5) in favor of Bradley to help him win a split decision last year.
The sad thing is it’s highly likely that Ross will get more chances to mess up big fights since the Nevada State Athletic Commission refuses to admit it appoints manifestly incompetent judges.
Fight coverage: Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez
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