Dubsism

Ever since this fight last Saturday, I’ve been hearing a lot of the same discussion. It tends to revolve around the same three points.

  • Manny Pacquiao won the fight.
  • The judges screwed Manny Pacquiao.
  • Boxing is rigged.

I have to admit, after watching this fight twice, I can see valid arguments for all three points. But rather than makes this all about gut reactions, I thought this would be a perfect time for another Dubsism-style break-down. As I am prone to do, let’s go through this on a point by point basis.

1) Manny Pacquiao won the fight.

In order to truly understand what happened here, one must have an understanding of how boxing is scored. Short of a knockout, or the referee or ringside physician stopping the fight (a “technical” knockout), boxing is judged on a completely subjective basis. I’ve written before about how events without an objective scoring system…

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