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Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 06/11/2012

Another step backward for boxing

I watched the Manny Pacquiao-Tim Bradley fight Saturday night and for the most part it was another sleeper. Pacquiao seemed to be in control of the entire fight. He showed more power, he threw more punches and he landed more than Bradley.

Yet the decision went in favor of Bradley. Which means, no matter how it’s shaken or stirred, Floyd Mayweather Jr stands alone as the best fighter, pound for pound, in the world.

It’s sad to think that this is the result of a lopsided fight that Pacquiao clearly should have won, and that Mayweather and Pacquiao didn’t decide it in the ring. The fear that many people had was finally realized: one of them lost, and not to the other.

Can a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight still be built up the same way? If I recall, the ultimate reason for the bout not occurring was the percentage of the gross each fighter was going to receive. That shouldn’t be an issue after this shocking split-decision loss.

How will Bob Arum justify the purses now? I’m sure Pacquiao will avenge his loss to Bradley. Does that justify being Mayweather’s equal again?

Was this a move by boxing to postpone the demise of the sport? After all, Bradley is undefeated and, at least for a time, there’s a new sheriff in town.

With Mayweather in jail and Pacquiao defeated, boxing’s not in its best shape. Who are we supposed to be excited about now? What matchup moves you?

I hope Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell , a former Big Ten linebacker, continues to fight well after he recovers from his hand injury. It’d be nice to see a champion in the heavyweight division from the United States.

But all in all, I believe boxing took some big steps backward this weekend.

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