The late great Bert Randolph Sugar used to growl, “You could get a better decision in most fights by getting a 12-year old boy to watch one without any instruction and then telling him to walk over and lift the hand of the winner.”
Are you at least 12 years old? I promise that you’ll never have a better shot at judging a fight than tonight when HBO reruns last Saturday’s Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley welterweight championship fight.
On Bleacher Report, Brian Mazique says “a challenge for you fight fans. Watch a replay of the Timothy Bradley vs. Manny Pacquiao bout with the volume down, and then score the fight. Jim Lampley, Max Kellerman, Emanuel Steward and especially Harold Lederman, drastically slanted the perception of this bout for the public.”
Mazique is one of the few – actually, he’s the only writer I know of –
who thinks Bradley actually won the fight, which was officially a split
decision in Bradley’s favor, scored 115-113 by judge Jerry Roth for
Pacquiao. Officials C.J. Ross and Duane Ford both had it 115-113 for
I think the scoring was nuts even the way Roth did it; I can’t
remember the last time I saw a more lop-sided fight — I thought Pac
Man won 10 rounds (I had one scored even).
So, when you watch the fight, you can use the same scoring method –
the 10-point “must” system in which a fighter gets 10 points for each
round he wins, 9 points for each round lost. Points are deducted for
fouls or knockdown, but neither fighter scored a knockdown and there
were no fouls in this fight.
First, click here and print yourself a blank scorecard..
Then, turn your sound down so you won’t be “corrupted” by rank
amateurs like HBO’s Harold Lederman–what does that guy know about
judging a fight?
Use the 10-point must system or just put a check for the guy you
think won each round and a zero next to the other guy. If you think the
round is a draw, write in D, a dash, or whatever you like. Brian
Mazique thinks Bradley won the fight because, in lieu of a knockout, he
was the more aggressive – or as he puts it, more “active.” Which is to
say Bradley threw and missed with more punches but at least he tried.
Me, I count hits – either jabs or power punches — and say to hell
with any other method of scoring. But you do it the way you like. You
can even get a 12 year old boy to score it for you. And I’d be obliged
if you check back here afterwards and let me know your thoughts.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on June 16, 2012