Bad boxing and Baltimore busts

Anybody who set their expectations for last weekend’s Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight based solely on what they’ve seen from boxing movies … likely walked away very disappointed.

In fact, the only ones who probably were satisfied with the fight are the people who are well versed in the sport and knew exactly what to expect.

I do not fall into that category. I was hoping for a slugfest.

I wanted powerful punches. I wanted blood. I wanted Muhammad Ali standing over a knocked out Sonny Liston.

But instead we got a clinic on self-preservation. A defensive struggle from start to finish.

Floyd-Mayweather-vs-Manny-005And that’s fine. It was a technically efficient match in which one fighter employed a specific strategy to perfection. The problem with that, however, is that anyone who is not enamored by the sport likely will not change their mind based on that fight. I highly doubt boxing gained thousands of new fans last weekend.

What the fight did expose, on the other hand, is Floyd Mayweather’s history for beating women. So there’s that.

I also can’t blame the two fighters for not really competing like their life was on the line when there is a $300 million purse coming their way no matter the result. In fact, that’s the complete opposite of having your “life on the line.” Their one obligation was to exit this match in one piece, win or lose, so that they could walk away with all their wits about them and actually enjoy their wealth.

Basically, they both had 300 million reasons not to pulverize one another.

So the people proclaiming that “boxing is dead” because of that fight probably didn’t really give a shit about boxing to begin with, and therefore, their opinion means very little.

On the other side of the country, meanwhile, a city finally got some justice. Maryland State Attorney Marilyn Mosby skipped the grand jury and went straight to an indictment on six officers for the death of Freddie Gray. One of them for second-degree murder.

There’s a long way to go for them to be convicted, but it was the short-term resolution the people of Maryland were looking Freddie Grayfor.

But what pisses me off is when people completely ignore why something is happening. Yes, rioting is never excusable. But people need to realize that group violence on such a scale doesn’t happen for no reason. It’s an act committed by desperate people.

And certain cities in Baltimore have deteriorated so badly that it’s created a culture where it’s impossible for young people to succeed. That’s the story. Read some excellent reporting by the New York Times to get a better grasp of the situation. This is what the rioters were trying to bring attention to. But instead all we do is judge blindly and call them animals.

Even worse, the next time a black person commits a crime on a white person, some one will have the audacity to say, “Why don’t the white people start rioting?”

I just can’t stand such ignorance.

Oh well. If only the Baltimore police were as vicious as Mayweather and Pacquiao were in the ring last weekend. Then nobody would ever get hurt.

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